Morris Palter

Morris Palter's Biography

Born in Canada, Morris Palter's wide-range of musical interests have found him performing throughout North America, Asia, and Europe at some of the most prestigious festivals and concert venues, as well as numerous guest residencies at universities and conservatories worldwide. Morris has commissioned and premiered hundreds of new compositions, working with prominent composers and performers including Bob Becker, Anders ├ůstrand, Pierre Boulez, Chou Wen-chung, John Luther Adams, James Tenney, David Lang, Stuart Saunders Smith, Christopher Adler, Matthew Burtner, Steven Schick, Pauline Oliveros, and Chinary Ung. Guest faculty residencies have included the Roots and Rhizomes Summer Percussion Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Together Now Festival in Holland, the Open Ears Festival in Canada, and the Festival Internacional de M├║sica Erudita de Piracicaba, Brazil. Morris is actively involved with the Percussive Arts Society, having been a member of the New Music/Research committee from 2007 - 2016 and a host and director of the 2010 PASIC Focus Day.

Morris is the Artistic Director of Ensemble 64.8, the University of Alaska Fairbanks resident percussion laboratory, which is a group dedicated to championing both North American and European composers. He was also a member of the percussion group redfish bluefish from 1999-2005. As a ragtime xylophone specialist, Morris has appeared in numerous ragtime and traditional jazz festivals throughout America and in concert tours in Hungary and The Netherlands. In 2000, Morris co-founded NOISE, a San Diego New Music group, and has performed in the percussion sections of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.

As a pedagogue, Morris has designed and created numerous history-based college courses including "Ragtime: From Slavery to Stravinsky" and "Running with the Devil: The History of Evil and the Supernatural in Music." Morris also presents master classes on techniques for performing from memory and the history of novelty ragtime music. He is also published on Routledge Press and Edwin Mellen Press. As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Morris can be heard on New World Records, Tzadik Records, Centaur Records, Mode Records, Innova Recordings, and RCA/BMG; and has received degrees from the University of Toronto, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, The Hague, and the University of California, San Diego. Morris is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Morris released a double LP of solo and chamber works entitled, This Place/Our Body.

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