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    Posted: April 29 2010 at 04:06
www.morrispert.com

No further details. Amazing musician with a hell of a discography, but mainly known to us from Brand X
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 04:10
Sad news indeed - a brilliant musician and composer who was as at home in the contemporary classical world as he was in jazz or rock. Play Moroccan Roll today in his memory.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 04:14
Hi Chris.... I just spun livestock.
 
here is a bio on WikipÍdia
 
Morris Pert was born in Arbroath, Scotland in 1947. He graduated B.Mus. from Edinburgh University in 1969, and on an Andrew Fraser scholarship, went on to study composition and percussion at the Royal Academy in London, where he was a pupil of Alan Bush. He is also an Associate of Trinity College London in Piano Teaching. While at the Academy he won several composition prizes including the 1970 Royal Philharmonic Award for his first orchestral work 'Xumbu-Ata'.. A two-year period working with the world-famous Japanese percussionist Stomu Yamash'ta followed, with performances, recordings and musical collaborations in several European music festivals and in Yamash'ta's own Red Buddha Theatre. This led him to form his own experimental music group, Suntreader, which performed and recorded much of his own and his colleagues' music .

In the 1970s, Pert was one of the most prominent composers of his generation, receiving regular BBC commissions for large-scale orchestral works, including the first and second symphonies. At the same time, he was one of the foremost percussionists in the world of popular rock music, namely Brand X. His serious works draw their inspiration from an eclectic range of sources, but especially from ancient mythology, astronomy and oriental culture.

He has written three symphonies: the first, 'The Rising of the Moon', was premiered in Tokyo under Hiroyuko Iwaki in 1981; the second, 'The Beltane Rites', was commissioned and performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the third, 'The Ancient Kindred', was premiered by the Munich Opera Orchestra under Eberhard Schoener on German television in 1980. 'Ancient Rites' for choir and strings was commissioned and performed in Glasgow by the John Currie Singers. His music has been broadcast on several occasions on BBC Radio 3 and abroad.

Works recorded on the Chantry Record Label include 'Chromosphere' for five players and tape, 'Luminos' for basset horn and piano, 'Eoastrion' for E flat clarinet and tape, 'The Ultimate Decay' for tape and a BBC commission, 'The Book of Love' for percussion and tape. He has written incidental music for Frank Dunlop's Young Vic production of 'Macbeth' and the Oxford Playhouse production of 'The Tempest'

He worked for 18 years as a session musician in the major London recording studios, having recorded with (among many others) Paul McCartney, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, John Williams, Kate Bush, Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and the jazz-rock band Brand X. He has also done arrangements for the Classic Rock series of records by the London Symphony Orchestra, In 1977 Pert was voted no.4 jazz and rock percussionist in the world by America's Billboard Magazine. He has received five gold albums, an American ASCAP award for a hit song and a nomination by the National Academy of Recording Arts in Washington for his performances on record.

Among his works are an electronic ballet score 'Continuum' for the London Contemporary Dance Theatre at Sadlers Wells; 'Voyage in Space', twenty short piano pieces; 'The Ancient Pattern' for chamber ensemble, a McEwen commission from Glasgow University and, more recently, incidental music for Eden Court Theatre's production of 'Peter Pan' in Inverness and 'Aurora' - a work for taped electronics.

He now lives and works in his own small studio in the far North-West of Scotland, concentrating on composition and electronic recording techniques, and is currently working on his fourth symphony 'De Situ Albanie' and a work for Carnyx and tape.

Much of Mr. Pert's music is inspired by the symbolism and the mystery surrounding the culture of the ancient inhabitants of Scotland known as the Picts and by his interest in the philosophical implications of the sciences of astronomy, cosmology and astrophysics.

He had just completed his 5th CD for release "Chromosphere".



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 04:24
He was splendid on Livestock - especially Isis Mourning parts 1 and 2. Thanks for posting the info, Hugues - I hadn't realised just how many different projects he'd been invovled in over the years. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 04:25
My, we just keeping losing these giants in our world of progressive expression through music. Morris' work is so huge and outstanding, that we cannot comprehend this loss to us.

But more than that, we express our sympathies, hopes, and love to his family. May he be creating forever in his world of life after life...

Love to all of his friends and family. Long live those who strive to look around the next corner.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 05:18
Cry Sad !
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 06:23
I guess it's just the march of time...Morris was a great musician. Condolences to his friends and family.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 06:37
RIP Cry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 07:02
Sad loss. I love Brand X.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 07:12
Brand X was at its finest with Morris.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 07:35
Originally posted by Syzygy

He was splendid on Livestock - especially Isis Mourning parts 1 and 2. Thanks for posting the info, Hugues - I hadn't realised just how many different projects he'd been invovled in over the years
 
Hey, I had  even forgotten that we could also find his works on PA with Stomu Yamashta in the Red Buddha Theater project as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 10:32
First Bo now Morris not a good week.
I was listening to Oldfield last week and Pert was a part of that lineup,but then he was involved with a lot of projects over the years.
RIP Morris.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 10:45
sad news indeed. R.I.P., Morris.

and, since no-one mentioned it yet: the best album he appeared on, in my opinion, is "Xitintoday", a solo album of Hawkwind's sax and flute player Nik Turner, which also has half of Gong (Steve Hillage, Tim Blake, Mike Howlett, Miquette Giraudy) on it

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 11:16
What an awful week for prog. Enrique Jardines from Absolute Zero, Bo Hansson and now Morris Pert.
There deaths will go unnoticed in mainstream music circles but they will be remembered by those that matter: the people who appreciated their music.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 11:28
Originally posted by Adams Bolero

What an awful week for prog. Enrique Jardines from Absolute Zero, Bo Hansson and now Morris Pert.
There deaths will go unnoticed in mainstream music circles but they will be remembered by those that matter: the people who appreciated their music.

let's face it: they will happen more and more often. after all, it has been more than 40 years since prog started. sad but true


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 17:42
That is sad news. Unhappy
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 20:21
Cry
 
Terrible news. Always meant to check out his solo work...maybe now I actually will....Brand X being played tonight.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 20:58
I am sorry to hear of this just now-i had only been familiar with one of his recordings-the first Sun Treader album from 1973 entitled Zin-Zin with the great J. Peter Robinson. This album, though only a bit of his work, has always been very special to me, almost in a class of its own.
    Co-incidentally, just today i bought a copy of Brand X's Morrocan Roll.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2010 at 21:37
R.I.P Morris PertUnhappy
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 30 2010 at 08:04
http://www.morrispert.com

This guy played on some of the albums by prog and prog-related artists.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Pert

He was a distant relative of mine, although I never actually met him.
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