harmony and timbre, and a passion for unconventional storytelling and world music
traditions. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Miami, Morris lived
in Oslo, Norway this past year with a Fulbright Grant to study jazz composition. A
variety of professional ensembles have performed his music throughout the United
States, Europe, and Asia.
Ben received an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, a Downbeat Award, the
International Society of Bassists Composition Contest Grand Prize, a NJMEA
Composers Award, and the Frost Symphony Composition Award. Ben attended the
Aspen Music Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, highScore, New Music
on the Point, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute, the
International Gugak Workshop in South Korea, and the American Composers’
Orchestra Jazz Composers’ Institute. He interns with film composer Michael Bacon.
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