Morgan Fisher

Born: January 1, 1950
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  • 1968-72: Played Hammond organ with The Love Affair (#1 hit in U.K. "Everlasting Love"). Created electronic music for London's Institute of Contemporary Art. Formed classical rock band Morgan with Tim Staffell (original Queen singer). Co-produced debut album by world-famous fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth.
  • 1973-77: Joined Mott the Hoople, produced by David Bowie. Toured the U.S. and were the first rock band to perform for a week on Broadway (Uris Theatre). No.2 hit in U.K. "All the Young Dudes" plus several top ten hits. Guest appearances with many artists including Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, The Dead Kennedy's, Mike Harrison (Spooky Tooth).
  • 1978-80: Set up Pipe Music an independent studio and record label in London. Released "Slow Music" (ambient album), "Hybrid Kids" (art-punk album) and "Miniatures" (51 one-minute tracks by Robert Fripp, Robert Wyatt, Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, members of The Flying Lizards, The Pretenders, XTC, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Damned and other artists).
  • 1981-84: Played keyboards on Queen's 1982 tour of Europe, then travelled in India, Europe and USA.
  • 1985-88: Moved to Japan and built The Handmade Studio. Recorded ambient albums ("Look at Life", "Inside Satie", "Water Music", "Flow Overflow", "Life Under The Floor", "Peace in the Heart of the City") and music for art videos, films and television.
  • 1989: Performed at Heian Shrine for the 1200th anniversary of Kyoto City. Played with Japanese dancer Kisanuki Kuniko. Abstract photograph exhibition at Nippon Telephone Company.
  • 1990: Performed at Expo 90 (Osaka), Tenkawa Jinja (Shinto shrine), Tsubosakadera (Buddhist temple) and Kobe City Museum. Recorded album "Echoes of Lennon" with guest Yoko Ono.
  • 1991: Appeared in Honda T.V. commercial and Comme des Garcons Tokyo fashion show. Played with Japanese bands Dip in the Pool (techno), Tensaw (rock) and Okinawan singer Kina Shoukichi.
  • 1992: Recorded "Relax", "Refresh" and "Recharge" (the "Re-Series": ambient/polyrhythmic music). Created the sound track for animated film "The Apfel Land Story". Performed music from "Twin Peaks" with Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Julee Cruise (who sang on the original "Twin Peaks" soundtrack) and Yasuaki Shimizu (sax). Wrote and performed world music for the Matsuda fashion company in Paris and Tokyo.
  • 1993: Performed with major Japanese band The Boom, and toured China with Yasuaki Shimizu, Aska Kaneko (vln), Ryu Hon Jin (China/traditional flutes) and Wasis Diop (Senegal/voc).
  • 1994: Played at Hitachi International Symposium and at a London charity concert tribute to the late Mick Ronson with Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople), Roger Taylor (Queen), Roger Daltrey (The Who) and Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones). Composed music for the 4th International Whale and Dolphin Conference and for an installation at the Tokyo Gas Building. Recorded "Rebalance", 4th in the "Re-Series", with Mamadou Doumbia (ex-Salif Keita band). Co-produced and played on "Far East Samba" album by The Boom and performed on their Japan tour.
  • 1995: Reworked the first two "Re-Series" albums with Japanese musicians (singer Shizuru Ohtaka and violinist Aska Kaneko). Continuing performances with The Boom. Wrote and published "Far East Tour Diary", a book about their tour. Performance at the second Japan Mick Ronson Memorial Concert. Recorded with Japanese artists Sayoko (reggae singer) and Homeless Heart (rock duo). Music for CD-ROM "Cats In The Sun".
  • 1996: Worked with The Boom ("Tropicalism-0" album, tours of Japan/Brazil). Produced "Moth Poet Hotel", a Mott the Hoople tribute album with major Japanese bands such as Yellow Monkey, Heat Wave, High Lows, plus Brian May (Queen). Reworked "Recharge" album with trumpeter Isao Osada and Andy Bevan (Australia/sax). Recorded/performed with Heat Wave.
  • 1997: Started work on "Miniatures 2" (60-track sequel to "Miniatures"). Several tracks were mixed by Mick Glossop (producer of Van Morrison and engineer for Frank Zappa, Mott and British Lions). Performed at MIDEM and Montreux Jazz Festival with The Boom. Co-wrote/co-produced/played on Heat Wave album. Performed with singer Nanaco Sato. CD re-issue of "Water Music".
  • 1998: Created ambient remix for Shizuru Ohtaka. Released a compilation album of his own music: "Echoes of a City Life" & an ambient album, "Flower Music". Recorded "Home" , an album with Shizuru Ohtaka and Hamza-El-Din (well-known musician from Sudan who has worked with The Grateful Dead, Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet). CD re-issues of "Inside Satie" and "Flow Overflow". Music for CD-ROM "The Skies Of Biei".
  • 1999: Released "Remix" (radical remixes of excerpts from the "Re-Series"). Performed on album by The Minus 5 (spin-off group featuring Peter Buck of REM). Ambient arrangement of "Air on a G string" for Norwegian jazz diva Karin Krog.
  • 2000: Released "Miniatures 2".
  • 1987-2000: TV Commercial music - American Express, Compaq, Japan Air Lines, Japan Railways, Kanebo Cosmetics, Kao Cosmetics, Keisei Skyliner (received JAM 1998 silver medal award), Matsushita, Maxell, Menard Cosmetics, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, NHK, Nissan, NTT, Olympus, Onward Fashions, Panasonic, Qantas, Ricoh, Rover, Seiko, Shiseido, Sony, Unisys, Volkswagen Golf, etc.

This information and more can be found at Morgan Fisher's Official Website.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Organ Piano Songwriter Synthesizer

Genres:
Hard Rock

Bands That Morgan Fisher Has Played For:
Mott the Hoople

Morgan Fisher Has Worked With:
Luther Grosvenor Dale Griffin Ian Hunter Ray Major Peter Buck Roger Daltry Bill Wyman
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"My friend asked me if I'd ever tried playing the guitar with a bow, and I said no. I didn't even know if it would work."

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