Morgan Fisher

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Morgan Fisher
Morgan fisher 2007.jpg
Background information
Birth name Stephen Morgan Fisher
Born (1950-01-01) 1 January 1950 (age 68)
Mayfair, London, England
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts Morgan
Mott the Hoople
British Lions
Queen
Hybrid Kids
Website morgan-fisher.com

Stephen Morgan Fisher (born 1 January 1950, Mayfair, London) is an English keyboard player and composer, and is most known as a member of Mott the Hoople in the early 1970s. However, his career has covered a wide range of musical activities, and he is still active in the music industry. In recent years he has expanded into photography.

Career

Music

From 1966 to 1970, Fisher played the organ with the soul/pop band, The Soul Survivors, who in 1967 renamed themselves Love Affair. They had a number one hit single in 1968 with "Everlasting Love", while Fisher was taking a break from the band to complete his final year at Hendon County Grammar school. Between 1972 and 1973 he formed the progressive rock band called Morgan, with singer Tim Staffell (the lead singer of the band Smile, who later became Queen).[1]

From 1973 to 1976, after a brief liaison with Third Ear Band, he joined British rock band Mott the Hoople. Meanwhile, Fisher contributed keyboards to John Fiddler's Medicine Head, and when Mott folded, Fisher invited Fiddler to join the remaining members of Mott in what would become British Lions. From 1977 to 1979 the Lions recorded two albums, and three singles: Kim Fowley's "International Heroes", Garland Jeffries' "Wild in the Streets", and Fiddler's own "One More Chance to Run". In 1980, Fisher conceived and produced the unique Miniatures - a sequence of fifty-one tiny masterpieces album (51 one-minute tracks by Robert Fripp, Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, The Pretenders, XTC, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Robert Wyatt, Ivor Cutler, The Damned etc.). A sequel was released in 2000. In addition he played with Queen on their 1982 tour of Europe, and Freddie Mercury can be seen humorously introducing him to the audience just before the band's performance of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", on the band's Queen on Fire - Live at the Bowl album.

In 1985, Fisher moved to Japan, and started to make ambient and improvised music. He became a TV commercial music songwriter, including songs written or arranged for Cat Power, Karin Krog, José Feliciano, Zap Mama and Swing Out Sister. Japanese artists he has worked with include Yoko Ono, Dip in the Pool, The Boom, Heat Wave, Shoukichi Kina, Haruomi Hosono and Kokoo.[2] He also scored the Japanese anime/live-action hybrid film, Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987) and the documentary, A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki (2006).[3]

Starting in November 2003 Morgan performed 100 monthly solo improvisation concerts at the cutting-edge arts/music club Superdeluxe in Roppongi, Tokyo. He called this concert series Morgan's Organ, and has started to release live recordings of the series as downloads.[4] The series ended in March 2013 and has been continued as Morgan's Organ At Home at his personal studio in Tokyo since June 2013.

In 2005, he collaborated with German musician Hans-Joachim Roedelius (of Cluster and Harmonia) on the ambient album Neverless (on the Klanggalerie label).

Photography

Fisher has maintained a lifelong interest in photography and in recent years has been holding an increasing number of solo exhibitions of his work in Japan and abroad. He has evolved a technique of abstract photography which he calls Light Painting, influenced by the photograms of Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy, by pendulum-created harmonographs, and in particular by the abstract cinema of Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Oskar Fischinger.[5] Unlike most light painting, where images are created by "drawing" with flashlights, etc., in front of a camera with an open shutter, Fisher's works are in the main created by moving the camera in front of various natural and man-made light sources (fireworks, sunlight on water, city illuminations, etc.). Many of his light paintings may be seen at his art website, and several were used in the booklet of his March 2009 album release Non Mon, a collection of his most well-known TV commercial compositions (Japan, DefSTAR/Sony Records).[6] His light paintings are on the front cover and in a seven-page spread in the Winter 2010 edition of Artworks Magazine (Carmel, California). In Spring 2014 they occupied 20 pages of the photograph magazine Victor published by the Hasselblad camera company. He exhibited in the spring of 2013 at the Hasselblad Gallery in Tokyo.[citation needed]

Discography

Solo/Duet

  • 1973 Centuri Maya Nexus
  • 1979 Hybrid Kids 1
  • 1980 Hybrid Kids - Claws: The Christmas Album
  • 1980 Lol Coxhill/Morgan Fisher - Slow Music
  • 1983 Seasons
  • 1983 Morgan Fisher/John White - Play Loud / Play Quiet
  • 1984 Ivories
  • 1984 Look At Life
  • 1985 Inside Satie
  • 1985 Water Music
  • 1987 Flow Overflow
  • 1987 Life Under The Floor: Soundtrack to "Twilight of the Cockroaches"
  • 1988 Peace in the Heart of the City
  • 1989 Outer Beauty, Inner Mystery
  • 1990 Echoes of Lennon
  • 1992 Re-Lax
  • 1992 Re-Fresh
  • 1992 Re-Charge
  • 1994 Rebalance
  • 1995 Refresh (new version)
  • 1996 Relax (new version)
  • 1996 Recharge (new version)
  • 1998 Flower Music
  • 1999 Peace in the Heart of the City (new version)
  • 1999 Remix (remixed selections from Re series)
  • 2005 Roedelius & Morgan Fisher - Neverless
  • 2009 Non Mon
  • 2011 The Great White Obi
  • 2014 Heartmuse

with Mott The Hoople

with Mott

with Morgan

  • 1972 Nova Solis
  • 1978 The Sleeper Wakes (a.k.a. Brown Out)

with British Lions

with Portmanteau

  • 2013 Portmanteau (with Tatsuji Kimura & Toshiyuki Yasuda)

with Tom Guerra

  • 2014 All of the Above
  • 2016 Trampling Out the Vintage
  • 2018 American Garden

Compilations

  • 1980 Miniatures: A Sequence of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces
  • 1998 Echoes of a City Life (selections from Life Under The Floor, Peace in the Heart of the City and Echoes of Lennon)
  • 2000 Miniatures 2: A Sequence of Sixty Tiny Masterpieces

References

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason (1 January 1950). "Morgan Fisher". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Online". Morgan-fisher.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Morgan Fisher". IMDb.com. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Online". Morgan-fisher.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Morgan Fisher Interview". My Tokyo Life. 5 August 2010. Archived from the original on 1 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Online". Morgan-fisher.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

External links

  • Morgan Fisher music website
  • Morgan Fisher art website
  • Morgan Fisher Soundcloud website
  • Morgan Fisher's blog re the Miniatures album
  • Hasselblad VICTOR magazine website
  • Morgan Fisher discography at Discogs
  • Artworks Magazine Facebook page
  • Superdeluxe website
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