Morgan Guerin: Wishes

Thursday, October 8, 2020. 8:00 pm

The composer and multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin presents his Roulette commission, Wishes – a premiere in two parts drawing inspiration from the jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter’s quote ”write what you wish for.” The 30-minute 2-part suite of “Few and Far Between” and “Reassurance” will feature an eight-person ensemble with two violas, cello, flute, bassoon, piano, bass, and drums. Guerin will conduct and play EWI in his most ambitious and realized piece for a large ensemble to date.

Morgan Guerin: Wishes was originally scheduled for April 23, 2020, but was postponed and rescheduled due to Covid-19. Roulette’s Fall season will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Our theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.

Morgan Guerin: Compositions, Conducting, EWI
Nicole Wright: Viola
Brianne Lugo: Viola
Chris Hoffman: Cello
Bart Platteau: Flute
Adam Cordero: Bassoon
Lex Korten: Piano
Hannah Marks: Bass
Kush Abadey: Drums

Morgan Guerin is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, and engineer. He has performed with such notables as Terri Lyne Carrington, Ellis Marsalis, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding, Jimmy Cobb, Nicholas Payton, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Allen Toussaint, Freddy Cole, Russell Gunn, Amina Figarova, Wallace Roney, and Buster Williams. Guerin was born in Metairie, Louisiana and moved to Atlanta at age 11. The Huntington Post named Morgan’s first album, The Saga one of the best Jazz albums of 2016 and Stereo Gum showcased his sophomore album, The Saga II in their August article for their favorite albums. He has also been featured in Downbeat Magazine, The New York Times and Burning Ambulance. In 2018, Jammcard selected Morgan as one of their “20 under 20” artists. At age 21, Morgan performs regularly with Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, Esperanza Spalding, Amina Figarova Sextet, and Tyshawn Sorey. Also an active mixing engineer, Morgan has helped engineer albums from artists such as Justin Brown, Jesse Fischer, Grüt and Fullmoon Groove. During the fall of 2018, Morgan joined Esperanza Spalding on her 12 Little Spells tour and played bass, Prophet, saxophone, bass drum and sang background vocals, whila also composing the song “How To” from the record with Spalding.

This performance is made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation. The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of young composers, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development and continues to help us fulfill our mission by presenting ambitious work by promising artists. Each year, the Jerome Foundation supports five artist residencies and four commissions at Roulette.

Photos: Brianna Williams, Chase Guerin