Improvisations Now at Real Art Ways

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Improvisations Now

An experience of music imagined and created in real time. This series runs from September 2023-May 2024. Check out the full schedule here!

Febuary’s Performance:
Matthew Shipp – Piano

“Monumental.” – Chicago Tribune

“Shipp is the connection between the past, present and future for jazz heads of all ages.” – Downbeat

Matthew Shipp is a pianist, bandleader, and composer who creates an animated melodic tone by using a mix of traditional and free jazz. Shipp was raised in Wilmington, Delaware where he began playing piano at six years old. Shipp attended the University of Delaware for one year, then the New England Conservatory of Music. He has since gone on tour around the world and has created, recorded, and performed with numerous musicians while simultaneously improving his repertoire.

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Jerome Deupree – Drums

Jerome Deupree is an American musician, based in Massachusetts. He is best known as the original drummer in the alternative rock band Morphine. Deupree started playing drums at the age of six, with the help of his two older brothers. Deupree has played frequently with jazz guitarist and Improvisations Now curator Joe Morris, performing at Real Art Ways several times in the past.

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Joe Morris – Guitar

“The preeminent free music guitarist of his generation.” – Downbeat Magazine

“One of the most profound improvisers at work in the U.S.” – WIRE Magazine

“The guitar revolutionary to pay attention to.” – The Boston Phoenix

Joe Morris born in New Haven Connecticut in 1955. He began playing guitar at the age of 14 first playing rock music, progressing to blues, then to jazz, free jazz and free improvisation. He released his first record Wraparound (riti) in 1983. He has composed over 200 original pieces of music. Joe Morris and Real Art Ways have a longstanding creative relationship. Joe has performed multiple times since the 1980’s and has organized concert series of improvisational music for several years.

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