Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Joe Morris Arcade by Joe Morris, BandCamp 2020
This music was recorded in one afternoon June 25, 2014 in Brown Hall at New England Conservatory. It was conducted as a kind of open house. I invited the musicians to come and play and some arrived early and stayed, some came played and left, and others arrived later. The music here is everything we played that day—over 3 hours of music. It documents a particularly strong group of young musicians I worked with during the previous months and years. One, cellist Miriam Felix was in town visiting from Barcelona, Spain. The pianist Agusti Fernandez introduced us there the previous year and we recorded and performed together. Like a number of the players on this recording she also performed with me earlier that month during my residency at The Stone in New York.
ARCADE is a fitting title for this recording as it was the name of the multi-city concert series I organized beginning in 2014. The musicians on this were all part of that. Performances were held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut, New York, New York, and a few other places around New England. The final season of the series IMPROVISATIONS at Real Art Ways in Hartford was a part of the ARCADE series and it featured many of these musicians on this recoding on a monthly concert playing with me and my partner in the series trumpeter multi-instrumentalist Stephen Haynes. ARCADE also started the annual one-day festival SPECTACLE which ran for 5 years at Real Art Ways and featured emerging improvising musicians with established ones in ad-hoc groupings. This recording is like a one-day version of the ARCADE series.
released April 25, 2020
Joe Morris-guitar, Brad Barrett-bass, Andria Nicodemou-vibraphone and marimba, Miriam Felix-cello, Daniel Pencer-tenor saxophone, clarinet, Will Bridges-alto saxophone, Zoe Christiansen-clarinet, Jason Belcher-valve trombone, Nick Neuberg-percussion, Joelle Simone Wagner-bassoon, Matthew Delligatti-guitar, Pat Keen-bass
Produced by Joe Morris
Recorded in Brown Hall at New England Conservatory of Music Boston, MA June 25, 2014. Engineered by Joe Morris
Mixed by Jamie Saft at Potterville International Sound Kerhonkson, NY April 2020
Photo by Joe Morris
Layout by Anne Marcotty
all tracks riti publishing ASCAP P&C 2020