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    Over the coming year we'll regularly feature new composers who write paperless music! While you may recognize a few names from our song collections and workshops, we're especially excited to share new compositional voices bringing breadth, depth, and richness to an evolving body of music sung without paper. Each composer has generously agreed to offer a free piece to the MMC community; others can be purchased from the composer directly or found in existing resources. We hope you'll enjoy the videos, audio clips, and sample scores, and find new songs to share with your community.

    About Angela Morris:

    If Brooklyn’s music circles draw a Venn diagram, saxophonist-composer Angela Morris thrives in the loop between avant-jazz and pop. Originally from Toronto, Canada and based in NYC, she has performed throughout North America and Europe. Her vocal group Rallidae released their new album, Turned, and Was, in November 2016 on the NYC-based label Gold Bolus Recordings; their debut Paper Birds was praised by AllAboutJazz as “an exceptional debut by and exciting and innovative new band.”

    Morris is a member of Motel and TMT Trio, two collaborative trios that have respectively released albums in 2017: like you always do, I always did too by Motel (Prom Night Records), and Star Ballad by TMT Trio. Morris composes and co-leads several groups, including a 17-piece big band with Anna Webber – she is an alumna of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop lead by Jim McNeely and studied composition with the Grammy-nominated jazz composer Darcy James Argue. In addition to her own projects, she performs with Helado Negro, Jason Ajemian’s Folk-Lords, Myra Melford, and Jessica Pavone. Morris also gives workshops and private lessons, serves as a presenter for Music that Makes Community, and coordinates music and liturgy at Saint Lydia's Dinner Church in Brooklyn.


    We Are Dust (Ash Wednesday) ©2017

    This haunting round is based on Psalm 90:3-4 and could be used during the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday or as a Psalm refrain.


    Click here for a score and click here to find a recording on the MMC Soundcloud page. Angela is happy to have you share the piece with your community. 

    Till the Moon is No More ©2016

    Angela wrote this beautiful gathering song based on Psalm 72:6-7 during a season at St. Lydia's focused on justice and advocacy. Unexpected dissonances make this tune especially rich, especially when sung against the shruti box drone on C. 

    Click here for a score and click here to find a recording on the St. Lydia's music blogAngela is happy to have you share the piece with your community. 

    May Your Heart Live ©2016

    This rhythmic song is a prayer for justice adapted from Psalm 69:32. It can be accompanied by shruti box on an A drone and welcomes a clap on beats 2 and 4. Notice it's also a 'pocket song,' meaning the leader can call out different endings, which Angela models beautifully in her teaching recording.

    Click here for a score and click here to find a recording on the MMC Soundcloud page. Angela is happy to have you share the piece with your community. 

    Send Out Your Light ©2016

    This lively call and response song, created as a processional for St. Lydia's, can be used in several contexts and seasons of the year. It is accompanied by shruti box on C and Angela's teaching recording models harmony parts, which add another layer of interest.

    Click here for a score and click here to find a recording on the MMC Soundcloud page. Angela is happy to have you share the piece with your community. 

    This Path I Do Not Know ©2016

    Angela has shared a second processional song from St. Lydia's based on Isaiah 42:16. This simple melody, with a punctuated clap or stomp on the downbeat of each measure, would be great for Advent, Lent, or seasons of pilgrimage and journey. 

    Click here for a score and click here to find a recording on the MMC Soundcloud page. Angela is happy to have you share the piece with your community.

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