"To find my expression as contribution to, and continuum in, music, I initially turned to notation and improvisation. How could I overcome the differences between them? I began by locating their common ground. Then, with the values I held–spontaneity, momentum, combustion, ignition and propulsion (the essence of swing)–I returned to fundamentals to identify how all traditions could coexist; that is, for improvisers to improvise and for interpreters to interpret the “same material.” I see Conduction® as a bridge between, and a supplement to, notation, interpretation, improvisation, and musicianship, giving greater latitude to each. My goals are, as always, to answer the questions that Conduction® raises as an expressive medium in culture, community, art and education, and to find the Primus of the Spirit in a new social logic."

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris is recognized as an innovator in the confluence of jazz improvisation, contemporary classic and new music, and as principal theorist and practitioner in the evolution of Conduction®: (conducted interpretation/ improvisation) is a vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real-time musical arrangement or composition. Each sign and gesture transmits generative information for interpretation, providing instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form.

Conduction® is a vehicle to maximize musical potential with basic threshold standards for the continuing discovery of music and musicianship in general, and aims and objectives in particular: a system of principles and a means of communicating knowledge; an organon for the instrumentalist, composer, conductor and audience. This process invites revelation and transforms the conductor into a musical creator. The goals and intentions of Conduction® are akin to those that jazz has always espoused: justice, unity, liberty, mastery of self and the moment through virtuosity, risk and teamwork. Mr. Morris’ career is distinguished by outstanding contributions to television, film, theater, dance, radio, interdisciplinary collaborations, concerts and recordings worldwide.

Born 1947, Long Beach California
Lives in New York City

2003 Ambassador of Music Award, 2003 Lunar New Year Festival Committee, New York
2001 Civitella Ranieri Fellow, Umbertide, Italy
1997 Music OMI Fellow, Omi, New York
1997 Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund
1995-96 DAAD Fellow, Berlin, Germany
1990 Mary Flagler Cary Trust
1987 New York Foundation for the Arts, Composer Fellowship
1987 German Critics Recording Award, for nine below zero by Horvitz-Morris-Previte
1980 Boris Vian Award, for Europe-America Big Band, France

2005 No. 146, Relative Sea, HKB Orchestra at Hochschule der Kunst, Bern, Switzerland
2004 No. 143/1, Laboratorio Novamusica, Teatrino Groggia, Venice, Italy
2003 No. 137, Golden Age, Zurich Schauspielhaus/Schiffbau, Zurich, Switzerland
2003 No. 135, Sheng Skyscraper, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2001 No. 119, New York Skyscraper, Aaron Davis Hall, New York
1997 No. 87, London Skyscraper, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England
1992 No. 26, AKBANK II, Ataturk Performance Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2005 Black February, 40 performances in 28 days, 9 different ensembles, New York
2004 Laboratorio NovaMusica, Venice, Italy; Berlin, Germany
2004 Orquestra Foco, Madrid, Spain
2003 Roccella Ionica Festival Orchestra, Roccella, Italy
2003 Zeitkratzer Ensemble, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2001 Ljubljana Radio Orchestra, Ljubljana Jazz Festival. Ljubljana, Slovenia
1998 Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Izmir, Turkey
1996 ORT—Orchestra della Toscana, Florence, Carrara and Pistoia, Italy

Holy Sea (2CD), issued by Splasc(h)
Tit for Tat, issued by For 4 Ears
Berlin Skyscraper (2CD), issued by FMP
Burning Cloud, issued by FMP
Testament: A Conduction Collection (10 CD Box Set), issued by New World Records
Dust to Dust, issued by New World Records