Charlie MORROW (USA)
Charlie Morrow (1942, Newark, New Jersey, USA) – composer, lingua- and sound-artist. Covers a wide range of musical styles, forms and trends – from radio plays, festival programs and museum installations to creating various media productions, presenting his projects on different institutional grounds. Morrow’s integral approach to the organisation of the sound environment is based on the traditions of conceptualism, that allow him to unite productions, artists and events within the low-tech or high-tech frameworks. He is the author of large-sized sound-installation projects, realised at different periods in the USA and Europe, including such as: Knowles Furniture Retrospective (Louvre Museum, Paris, 1970), General Gas Exhibit (Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 1981), 2nd Acustica International (The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1990), project of Arctic sound room-exposition for the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle (Bonn, 1998). He participated in numerous festivals of contemporary music in various countries, collaborated on projects with J. Lanier, Ch. Moorman, S. Hanson, T. Johnson, Simon and Garfunkel, Ph. Glass, L. Anderson, A. Ginsberg, J. Rothenberg, J. Cage, as an improvisator – with G. Velez, D. Bailey, M. Alteena and others. Being a supporter of the Fluxus-movement, Morrow participated in the programs dedicated to G. Maciunas and R. Watts. He is the author and producer of the large-sized projects-productions performed at the Festival New Music America “Lake Michigan” (Chicago, 1981), Fools Festival (Copenhagen, 1985), several times he participated in the New York Harbor (1974-89). He was among the designers of the World Cup Soccer finale (Radio City Music Hall Production, Los Angeles, 1994), and also of the events at the Copenhagen, Cultural Capital of Europe (Copenhagen, 1996). Morrow fulfills various orders, composing music for the events Volvo U.S., AT&T Mummenschanz (opening-presentation of the Inter-system Digital Network, Telcom 88, Geneva, 1988), for N. J. Paik’s project “Versailles Video Wall” and his presentation program of Swiss watches “Swatch Watch” (1994). He is a holder of the prestigious “Clio Award” in the category “best TV and music campaign”of the year 1994, Morrow works much and productively in the area of advertising. He composed musical tracks for the companies “Hefty/Wimpy,” “Diet Coke,” “SwissAir,” “Mercedes Benz,” “M&Ms,” “IBM,” he is also the author of the sound logotypes of the companies MTV, TBS, ABS Network, International Paper, AT&T. For many years he has composed music for feature films and documentaries, among the key works are the following ones – in the films: Moonwalk I (NASA, 1969), Altered States (Warner Brothers, 1983), Beyond Night and Day (First Film, 1988) and others. In 1974 by the order of the “Time-Life” company (publisher of the American magazine of the same name) he composed music and sound tracks for the TV series “Àmerica” (13 parts). Since 1974 Morrow has been a co-organiser (jointly with J. Rothenberg) and art director of the “New Wilderness Foundation” – an organisation that promotes various poetic projects, also publishes the “EAR Magazine” and audio series “Audiographics.” Charlie Morrow lives and works in New York (New York, USA).