"How it’s Musically Made" is a podcast focused on the reinvention of the art song tradition through interdisciplinary collaborations. Over nine weeks, three groups of poet, composer, vocalist, and pianist will each collaborate to create an original art song. Hosted by pianist Maggie Hinchliffe and composer Ben Morris, the podcast is a look into each step of the creative process through weekly interviews. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research at the Eastman School of Music.
Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative Commission
The Washington National Opera paired Ben with librettist and playwright Laura Fuentes to create a new opera for their American Opera Initiative Program. The work will be premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2021.
The Playground Ensemble will perform Ben's A (Short) Story of Earth for their Colorado Composer's Concert in February 2021. The ensemble also commissioned Ben to write a new work for their 2021 season. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the premiere's date is to be determined.
"Beowulf Project" with North Pacific Gyre Theatre Collective
The Beowulf Project is North Pacific Gyre Theatre Collective’s next venture. From an ancient story passed down by oral tradition, NPG has been creating an exciting, multidisciplinary and portable performance, featuring live and electronic music drawing from Norwegian folk influences and early music.
Ben Morris Quintet Featured in ASCAP Foundation Interview
It’s become an annual tradition: every year since 2016, The ASCAP Foundation has partnered with the Newport Jazz Festival to offer a live slot at the Festival to an exceptional recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. This year, the Herb Alpert judges chose Ben Morris – a versatile composer/pianist equally accomplished in the jazz and classical realms. He joins a stellar lineup of ASCAP jazz talent, including Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Sons of Kemet, Makaya McCraven, Buika, Jenny Scheinman and more. ASCAP caught up with Ben Morris a few weeks before his Newport debut, to find out what we can expect from his set.
Morris will be an ATLAS Fellow at CU Boulder, pursuing his DMA in music composition beginning Fall 2019. In the third year of his studies, he will develop a multimedia project in the ATLAS black box theatre.
Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies
Ben was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado, where he received a commission and premiere of two new works, one for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and one for the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra.
Ben was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study jazz composition for ten months with Helge Sunde at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, composing a large ensemble work as a summary of his experience there.
American Composers Orchestra Soundadvice Blog Feature
Jazz Composers Institute Readings
Ben was featured on the American Composers Orchestra Blog, Soundadvice, discussing the process and philosophy behind combining jazz and concert music with his orchestral work, Old Seven Mile, which was read Thursday, June 16th, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Miller Theater at Columbia University.
Thorsten Brinkmann's "Great Cape Rinderhorn" at Rice University New Art New Music
Rice Gallery, Houston, TX
New Art / New Music is a unique experience at Rice University where students from the Shepherd School of Music perform works of the 20th and 21st centuries in the intimate setting of the Rice Gallery. Premiere of Bric-a-Brac by Rice students.
Electric Latex is a gathering of more than forty student composers from six universities including Louisiana State University, Rice University, Tulane University, Texas A&M, University of North Texas and University of Texas at Austin. Scuffed Shoe Duet (Brandon Bell and Craig Hauschildt) premiered Ben's electroacoustic work Blue Spruce.