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Angela Morris is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. 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.” Their debut recording Both Are True (Greenleaf Music) was released in 2020 and featured on several Best of 2020 lists including The New York Times, Bandcamp, and NPR Jazz Critics Poll. As a leader, Morris has collaborated with artists including Cat Toren, Anthony Taddeo, Jessica Pavone String Ensemble, Helado Negro, Myra Melford, Jason Ajemian, and many others. Since 2016, Morris has organized the monthly, multi-disciplinary, experimental concert series Brackish – music & art in Brooklyn. 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 is an alumna of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop lead by Jim McNeely and studied composition with Darcy James Argue.
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