Forma commissioned Bill Morrison to work alongside Jóhann Jóhannsson on an audiovisual work for BRASS: Durham International Festival about life in local mining communities. Morrison weaved together original aerial photography and stunning archival footage to create The Miners' Hymns, which premiered at Durham Cathedral in July 2010.
Bill Morrison (b. Chicago, 1965)
Bill Morrison’s films and multimedia environments have been presented in festivals, theatres, museums and concert halls worldwide. He has created films to accompany live performances of music by some of the most important composers of our time, including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Bill Frisell, and Steve Reich, to name but a few. Decasia, his feature length collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, was described by J. Hoberman in the Village Voice as “the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siècle.”
Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, a Creative Capital grant, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His work with Ridge Theater has been recognised with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award.
Recent projects include "The Great Flood" (80 min, 2012) with music by Bill Frisell, "Tributes - Pulse" (65 min, 2011) with music by Simon Christensen, "The Miners' Hymns" (52 min, 2011) with music by Jóhann Jóhannsson, and "Spark of Being" (68 min, 2010) with music by Dave Douglas.
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