Spontaneous conduction: The music man with no written plan

Help

Imagine conducting an orchestra without following any sheet music. It's an art that Lawrence "Butch" Morris has been working on for 26 years - called conduction.

Morris improvises using a series of signs and gestures to communicate with the musicians. They don't follow any particular music. There are also no songs, just sets.

Morris has travelled all over the world conducting symphonic orchestras, jazz musicians, and even indigenous musicians.

Every Monday in November in a small cabaret in the East Village of New York City, you can find Morris conducting the Lucky Cheng Orchestra.

Video by Yasmeen Qureshi.

World News America is broadcast on the BBC World News channel. You can follow the programme on Facebook and Twitter.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.