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Spontaneous conduction: The music man with no written plan

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.

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  • 14 Nov 2011
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