Greetings, improvising friends and fans!
This week we will be hosting our pal Remy Morritt. Remy is an increasingly in-demand force for drumming in the Seattle music scene, whose playing has been described as unique, “sensitive” (KNKX), “flowing” (Ted Poor), and “assured, groovy, yet challenging” (Ian Dangla). Remy finished studying at the University of Washington School of Music in 2017, earning a BM in Jazz Studies studying under Ted Poor, Cuong Vu, and Greg Sinibaldi. While there, he had opportunities to work with jazz greats such as Ben Monder, Ryan Ferriera, and Bill Frisell, and Stomu Takeishi. Since his graduation, Remy has continued to turn heads in the music community in the Pacific Northwest as a new voice in jazz, experimental, rock, funk, and indie realms. His studio drumming work has also garnered attention and he continues to be a regular call for sessions at Robert Lang Studios, as well as many others.
Keep reading below for some words from Remy on his planned set, and make sure to be there this Sunday at 8pm to hear and participate!
“I’m planning an improvised drum piece that incorporates unconventional sounds with conventional drumming and rhythmic concepts. I want to stray away from the regular happenings of solo improvisation (extended techniques, shredding, playing really loud for really long) and focus more on making music alone.
My idea is that, when improvising, we don’t have to always try to think outside the box just for the sake of being different. Rather, try to improvise within a parameter of consistency and intention, regardless of the tools the player has to use and the expectations of an improvised jam session. Longer forms and pleasant textures are always fair game, and I hope to convey both in a solo context.”