Charlie Morrow



Charlie Morrow (US, 1942) is a composer, sound artist and sound specialist, poet, publisher, graphic artist, event organiser and much more. He has called himself ‘multi-hatted’ (although he mostly wears a signature bowler hat) and a ‘frame-maker’, authoring a dazzling multitude of works and events, from intimate breathing chants to city-wide musical extravaganzas.

In the 1960s Morrow was a budding trumpet virtuoso and ‘Downtown’ composer (along with New York peers and friends such as John Cage, Morton Feldman and Phill Niblock). He collaborated with Charlotte Moorman on the production of the now legendary Avant Garde Festival, a yearly event gathering practitioners of the various arts, and supported himself and his non-commercial activities by writing and recording advertising jingles for the mainstream economy.

In the early 1970s Morrow gave up the concert hall and linear composing. In 1974 he and poet Jerome Rothenberg launched The New Wilderness Foundation, which among other things published EAR magazine, released experimental music on cassettes and vinyl and organised a long series of cross-disciplinary summer solstice celebrations in New York and, through telecommunication, all over the world.