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Jazz Guitarist Briand Morrison Performs in Perham

Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison performs "Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison" at Perham Area Public Library on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. This multimedia program of live music and projected artwork honors the renowned 20th century abstract artist. Morrison plays 12 original compositions that accompany 128 images of paintings and drawings.

Born in 1919 in Chippewa City, Minnesota, George Morrison studied art in Minneapolis, New York City, and France. He taught art for several years in various places, including the Rhode Island School of Design. Beginning in 1970, he taught American Indian studies and art at the University of Minnesota until he retired in 1983.

Son Briand spent his early years on the east coast before his family moved to St. Paul. As a child, he taught himself guitar and took piano lessons. He grew up listening to a variety of music, from American folk songs to Leonard Cohen. As a teen, he played popular music and rock in a band before discovering jazz improvisation in high school. Upon hearing a recording of musician Joe Pass, Morrison realized that jazz could be played on a guitar. After spending most of his adult life in the city, he moved to Grand Portage when his father died in 2000. For many years he has played solo, as a duo, and in a band throughout and beyond Minnesota.

"Musical Impressions" features George Morrison's work from the 1940s through 2000. Some of these images have never been shown to the public. Briand Morrison will be performing in several libraries during his week-long tour of west central Minnesota libraries. This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and is sponsored by the Perham Area Public Library and Viking Library System.

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