Biography

If Brooklyn’s music circles draw a venn diagram, Angela Morris thrives in the loop between avant-jazz and pop. Originally from Toronto, the NYC-based composer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist has performed throughout North America and Europe from arenas to DIY basement shows and everything between.

The Webber/Morris Big Band, her 18-piece jazz big band, performs original compositions by Morris and co-leader Anna Webber. The New York Times praised their “ambitious original compositions” and “jagged-edged band that has begun to turn musicians’ heads.” The ensemble will release their debut recording in 2020 on the Greenleaf Music label. Morris is a member of Motel and TMT Trio, two collaborative trios that respectively released albums in 2017: like you always do, I always did too by Motel (Prom Night Records), and Star Ballad by TMT Trio.

Morris’ vocal group Rallidae has released two albums: 2016’s Turned, and Was on the NYC-based label Gold Bolus Recordings and 2014’s Paper Birds, which AllAboutJazz called “a genuinely distinctive, and entertaining, combination of sounds and words… An exceptional debut by and exciting and innovative new band.

Brackish – music & art is a monthly, multi-disciplinary, experimental concert series that Morris has curated and organized since 2016.

A 2019 Composer Fellow at Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Morris has also been artist-in-residence at Willapa Bay AiR, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Banff Centre. She holds an MA in Music Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College in New York and BA in Jazz Studies from Humber College in Toronto. She is an alumna of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop lead by Jim McNeely and studied composition with the Grammy-nominated jazz composer Darcy James Argue.

Morris performs with Jessica Pavone String Ensemble, whose debut album is due for fall 2019 release. She has performed with Myra Melford in duo and other formats. She is a frequent collaborator with “cosmic synth-folk” musician Helado Negro, appearing on his records Private Energy (Expanded) and This is How You Smile as well as touring extensively with him supporting the latter album’s release.

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Angela Morris – photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

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Angela Morris – photo by Peter Gannushkin

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Angela Morris – photo by Peter Gannushkin

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Angela Morris – photo by Peter Gannushkin