|NEWS (the Intro is at the end, for a change)
Until April 13, 2013 - NOTE - 5 of these items sold, the others are still available!
VINTAGE ELECTRIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AUCTION
Morgan is offering 10 unusual musical items, mostly rare vintage instruments, in the current VEMIA (Vintage Electric Musical Instrument Auction), which ends April 13th (with an extra day's bidding on unsold items on April 14th). Here they are, with links to each one. Even if you may not be interested in buying, the photos and information provided might appeal to any lover of fine old gear!
MU-TRON III Envelope Filter Pedal (as used by Stevie Wonder on "Higher Ground") SOLD
December 8, 2012 ~ January 11, 2013
LIGHT PAINTINGS - FCCJ: Morgan will hold his exhibition of light paintings at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Yurakucho, Tokyo.
December 12, 2012
CHRISTMAS PING-PONG DJ PARTY with PETER BARAKAN - Com.Cafe Otokura, Shimo-kitazawa, 7:00pm
September 19, 2012
MOTT THE HOOPLE DVD RELEASE PARTY at Vacant, Harajuku MAP
November 29, 2011
11am-9pm daily until Feb, 26, 2012:
November 14, 2011
MORGANIC WORKSHOP VIDEOS: Now up on Youtube: Three videos of Morgan demonstrating some of his rare and vintage keyboards to members of JSPA (Japan Synthesizer Programmers' Association) at his "Morganic"event (Sept. 8, 2011 in Vacant Harajuku, Tokyo). A rare chance to hear some highly unusual sounds. Spoken mostly in so-so Japanese.
October 30, 2011
11/24: Morgan will participate in a "Ping-Pong DJ" session with Peter Barakan, each playing one track in turn. They will also talk about their lives growing up in North London at the same time (late 60's/early 70's) and Morgan will play some live music.
September 29, 2011
Morgan makes his US art debut with a stunning exhibition of his largest prints ever, at the Winfield Gallery in Carmel, California, Oct. 2-31. He will also perform live at the Gallery at 5pm on October 15, and in the Music Cafe of the Carmel Art & Film Festival at lunchtime on October 16.
August 18, 2011
July 18, 2011
MORGAN'S ART GALLERY
March 27, 2011
ARTISTS SUPPORT JAPAN.
March 20, 2011
THE GREAT WHITE OBI
March 7, 2011
February 7, 2011
Plans are being made for exhibitions and live events in California later this year.
December 12, 2010
"LUMINOUS" is the title of Morgan's next art exhibition, this time in the stylish Fireking Cafe & Gallery, next to Yoyogi-Uehara Station on the Chiyoda and Odakyu lines. This exhibition features a selection of Morgan's most recent light paintings, which display a particularly warm, organic kind of luminosity such as the image above (to be displayed as Morgan's largest print to date, around 1 x 3 meters).
A short video of this exhibition may be viewed here.
The cafe features fine Asian dining all day, in a relaxed yet chic atmosphere.
Dates: Jan.11 ~ Feb.6, 2011.
November 10, 2010
MINIATURES - THE BLOG
September 25, 2010
"THE LIGHT PAINTER" is the title of Morgan's first DVD featuring his light paintings.
An 8-minute high-definition excerpt has been posted on youtube here.
August 17, 2010
"THE LIGHT PAINTER" - Morgan's next art exhibition - will be held at Gallery Cosmos in Meguro, Tokyo, September 14-26.
Morgan will give a live performance on vintage analog keyboards on Sept. 20 (a public holiday).
The online art gallery has been radically updated to coincide with the forthcoming exhibition.
April 4, 2010
"LIGHT PAINTING/SOUND PAINTING" is the title of Morgan's latest art exhibition and concert.
February 23, 2010
"INSIDE MOTT THE HOOPLE" is an expanded version of Morgan's previous "BACKTRACKS" exhibition featuring his 1970's photographs of Mott the Hoople on the road and in the studio.
December 13, 2009
Morgan's "BACKTRACKS" photos of Mott the Hoople on tour and in the studio (as exhibited in The Troubadour Gallery, London, during the Mott reunion shows last October) can all now be viewed online at Flickr. There you will also see details of how you can purchase the (large, signed) photographs. The Hoopling page continues to be updated with new photos and live videos.
November 5, 2009
The new Hoopling page has been set up to cover the Mott the Hoople reunion and ongoing related news. It includes links to many photos and videos.
September 16, 2009
JOHN FIDDLER will be the special guest at the MTH/MTK (Mott the Hoople - Meet the Keyboards) event in London on October 5&6. More information HERE.
September 7, 2009
Morgan is having late summer break - the next Morgan’s Organ concert will be on November 19th.
In October, Mott the Hoople - the band Morgan played with in the 1970's - will play reunion concerts in the UK. The concerts will feature the original 5 members.
Morgan will not be performing with the band. However, he will be holding on a photo exhibition and other live events in London. For more information please go HERE.
June 3, 2009
"BEAUTY & LIGHT" JOINT EXHIBITION. From June 10 to 25, there will be a joint exhibition of Morgan's Light Paintings and Pascal d'Aboyer's female studies at Superdeluxe, Nishi-Azabu. Morgan will perform there on the opening and closing nights.
March 25, 2009
MORGAN'S NEW TV AD ALBUM "NON MON"
Today Sony/DefSTAR Records will release NON MON (cat. no. DFCP-17), an album compiling some of Morgan's most interesting music written for Japanese TV advertisements. Ranging from string quintets to hardcore jazz, minimal and ethnic music to Disneyesque surrealism, the widely varied tracks have been extended from their original lengths of 30 seconds or so to around three minutes each, and were written for the following major clients: Gekkeikan Sake, Hitachi, Kao Cosmetics, Keisei Skyliner, Nissan, NTT Group, Sapporo Beer, Shiseido, Sony. Many of Japan's finest musicians were involved, and the Gekkeikan track features a beautiful vocal by Norwegian jazz diva Karin Krog. The cover and booklet feature a selection of Morgan's light paintings.
Click here for more information and audio samples.
An alternative mix of the first track is the featured opening track on "SHIFT III - NISSAN CM TRACKS" (DefSTAR DFCP-16) also released today. Morgan also created the featured opening track on the "SHIFT II" album (Sony MHCP-971, 2006).
August 14, 2008
MORGAN'S ORGAN NOW ON SALE
* Each Morgan's Organ album is on sale at a budget price and features one of Morgan's Light Paintings on the cover
* Excerpts up to about 10 minutes long may be heard at the Morgan's Organ myspace website
* Tracks under 10 minutes long may be purchased individually
* On Amazon.com, search under "MP3 Downloads" for "Morgan's Organ"
* On iTunes, search for "Morgan's Organ" (better than "Morgan Fisher")
* Due to occasional technical problems, some material may be edited, so album lengths vary. Never mind the width, feel the quality...
* Medama means "eyeball"
MINIATURES/HYBRID KIDS REISSUED
More information here:
May 18, 2008
Morgan has just opened a Guest Book where you may say hello, leave messages, ask questions, etc, etc... Looking forward to hearing from you! It's over at the Contents page.
March 17, 2008
The new Morgan's Organ myspace website is now open. It features several long excerpts from the live recordings, and a continuous slide show of live photos. More material will be uploaded in the future; any comments will be much appreciated!
November 27, 2007
Miniatures 1 is now available for download purchase. Please see the Miniatures page.
Three fascinating new releases include Morgan as arranger/singer, photographer, and interviewer:
The Delta Saxophone Quartet album mentioned last June, entitled "Dedicated to you, but you weren't listening" has been released on Moonjune Records. It is receiving rave reviews everywhere. More information here:
http://www.moonjune.com/MJR017.htm (includes audio samples - the track Morgan arranged and sang on is #7)
"Abbotts Langley" is a new CD of previously unreleased songs by Ollie Halsall (RIP) and John Halsey - the incredible guitarist and drummer from Patto and The Rutles (Ollie also played with Tempest and Kevin Ayers). Several photographs taken by Morgan when he was playing with them in the late 70's are featured (including the front cover). More information here:
A new 2-CD reissue is now available of the fascinating album "An Evening With Quentin Crisp." Additional material includes a long interview Morgan had with Quentin Crisp in his Chelsea apartment in 1980 while recording him for the "Miniatures" album. Several photographs taken by Morgan of the inimitable and much-missed Mr. Crisp are included. More information here:
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/cherryred/artists/quentincrisp.php (may also be purchased here as downloads)
July 11, 2007
LIGHT PAINTING / SOUND PAINTING is the title of Morgan's photo exhibition to be held at the Cool Train gallery/jazz club in Tokyo's Nogizaka district, from August 1 to 12. He will perform there on August 4.
The interview Morgan filmed for monday9am.tv (see November 20, 2006 below) can now be downloaded for free from www.monday9amtv.com Dozens of other fascinating and inspiring film interviews are also available there in wmv and ipod formats.
June 26, 2007
Morgan has been invited to arrange a Soft Machine track for the Delta Saxophone Quartet, England's leading contemporary saxophone quartet. He finally decided to merge two classic tracks from Soft Machine's "Third" album, singing "Moon in June" on top of "Out-Bloody-Rageous," titling the resulting collage "Outrageous Moon," and dedicating it to his old friend, Keith Moon, drummer of The Who. Morgan's voice sounds uncannily similar to that of Soft Machine's singer/drummer, Robert Wyatt. The album will be released in October 2007 on Moonjune Records. More information here:
January 25, 2007
ONLINE ALBUM SALES. Over 20 of Morgan’s albums listed on this website now have direct links to Amazon web pages in the USA, UK, and Canada, making it easy to purchase them. All of his albums currently available from Cherry Red Records also have links to their downloads website, where you can listen to excerpts and purchase mp3 downloads of an entire album or individual tracks. For non-Japanese residents living in Japan, some albums have links to Amazon.co.jp (pages are partially in English), which can often be a cheaper and faster option for purchasing albums. Please go to the Discography page, then click on individual albums for more details.
January 11, 2007
LIGHT PAINTING EXHIBITION. From January 12 to 31, there will be an exhibition of Morgan's Light Paintings at Superdeluxe, Nishi-Azabu.
November 29, 2006
Morgan recently had the honour of composing and performing the music for a new film A Zen Life directed by Canadian Michael Goldberg. This fascinating 77-minute documentary covers the life of Zen scholar Daisetz T Suzuki (1870-1966), who played a leading role in bringing Zen Buddhism to the western world. The film includes interviews with a variety of renowned people whose lives were deeply affected by their contact with Suzuki, including John Cage, Gary Snyder, Donald Richie, Huston Smith, as well as Suzuki's personal secretary, Mihoko Okamura. Rare footage and recordings of D. T. Suzuki himself - the man who insisted the question is not “to be or not to be” but rather “to be and not to be” - are featured. Evidence of his influence on Carl Jung, Alan Watts, Thomas Merton, Eric Fromm, and many others is also included.
A Zen Life has already received accolades at numerous international film festivals, and won the Chris Award for the best film on religion at the 2006 Columbus International Film and Video Festival. A DVD version of the film is planned. Today it had a packed-house Japan premiere at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. It will be screened at the 34th Morgan's Organ concert on December 13th, 2006.
More information on the film is here: www.azenlife-film.org
November 20, 2006
Morgan is the featured interviewee in the Film Of The Week on a fascinating website called monday9am.tv. Englishman Nic Askew, who created the website, describes it like this:
We make short films that provoke you to think about what it is that makes you feel truly alive. A new film every Monday - all you need is around 5 minutes each week. The films star a catalogue of extraordinary people who are following their path in some way. But the films are more about you & me than they are about them. They ask questions of you. Questions we don't set out to answer, as often they are the ones that only you should answer for yourself. monday9am ... because Monday at 9am is the time at which most of us question what it is that we're doing, and then proceed to completely forget (or is it ignore) the question.
Morgan expresses some of the realisations he had after working with major rock stars - then tells the story of something remarkable that happened to him on a train to Kyoto. The film runs until November 27 (Monday morning, of course) after which it should be available in the Archives section.
Morgan is a regular monday9am.tv viewer, and recommends it highly.
September 26, 2006
The Minus 5 are a band formed by Scott McCaughey with Peter Buck (guitarist of REM) and Bill Rieflin (drummer of REM). They appeared on "Miniatures 2" (released in 2000), and subsequently Morgan played on several of their album tracks. Morgan will play live with them for the first time, at FAB in Omotesando, Tokyo, on October 7th and 8th. Famed British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock will also appear.
Morgan recently made his acting debut - a small but significant part as a German classical pianist named Liechtenstein in a beautiful Japanese feature film entitled "Shindo" ("Child Prodigy"), produced by Picnic Pictures / Bitters End and directed by Koji Hagiuda. Release will be in spring 2007. There is some brief information here.
"Overflow" (tracks on the theme of hot springs, electronica/ambient plus traditional Japanese folk)
The Links Page has had a major update.
July 31, 2006
November 27, 2005
April 30, 2005
Three new CD's featuring Morgan are now available - two of them re-issues, one a brand new collaboration. First, the re-issues: "Nova Solis", the first album recorded by the Morgan band in Rome in 1972, has been gorgeously repackaged in a gatefold cover replicating the original LP sleeve, with extensive sleeve notes in English, Japanese and Italian! This is part of the "Legends of British Rock" series from the Japanese label, Air Mail Recordings. (The same label have also just re-issued "Igginbottom's Wrench", the 1969 debut album by jazz guitar hero Allan Holdsworth, which was co-produced by Morgan.)
The other re-issue is a two-for-the-price-of-one CD of the last album Morgan recorded before moving to Japan, the John Leckie production "Seasons" (1983), plus the first album he recorded in Japan, "Look At Life" (1984). It's available from Voiceprint Records, UK. See the Discography page for more details on these two re-issues.
The collaboration project is "Tenma", by Japanese jazz drummer Osami Mizuno. This CD is dedicated to Miles Davis superdrummer Tony Williams, who tragically passed away in 1997. Osami studied at Berklee with the same drum teacher as Tony, and was a close friend of his for many years. This excellent blend of jazz and world music features Morgan as player, remixer and arranger and is highly recommended as an opportunity to see him working in yet another new area of music. For information on this release (in Japanese) please click on this link.
June 16, 2003
After a long gap, (3 years since "Miniatures 2"), Morgan has just released a new recording. "Three Faces" is a 7" vinyl single, his first in over 20 years. Please see the Discography for more information. It's a modest release, but its three tracks point to some interesting new directions for Morgan's album releases in the future. Morgan's home studio has just been updated with a new superfast Mac computer and some other high-tech toys, and as soon as everything is running smoothly he will be working on a large backlog of musical ideas - watch for news.
The Futon Logic concerts in the UK went really well - they wowed the audiences with their brilliant blend of traditional and modern music and visuals. After living in Japan for 19 years, Morgan has got used to the richness of Japanese culture and was quite amazed at the impact it had on the English listeners.
January 1st, 2003
At last, a major update. More updates will follow at shorter intervals. Also watch for announcements of Morgan's concerts in the future.
The Art Gallery is open, with three sections showing different aspects of Morgan's visual works.
The Discography has been greatly expanded. Thumbnail images of each of Morgan's solo albums can be clicked on to lead to an individual page for each album, featuring larger cover images, track lists, details of musicians, descriptive text and in some cases, reviews. (If you see any other reviews online it would be great if you could email Morgan about them).
The Complete Discography has been renamed Bands and Collaborations, and lists all the albums other than solo albums that Morgan has made.
The Biography page has been brought up to date, and includes several photographs of Morgan from the age of 3 months old to the present.
The Links page has been updated, its layout simplified, and includes links to web pages where several of Morgan's albums may be listened to online (music samples will be uploaded to this website later).
Finally, I would like to thank my good friend, Mac expert, photographer and glider pilot Tim Exley for invaluable advice in the creation and upkeep of this website.
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