Playing With Matches
A New Collection of String Family Instrumentals
Playing With Matches is a production of string collaborations featuring violist Owl Morrison and many of the violinists, gypsies, jugglers and fiddlers she has played with in her travels. Morrison, songwriter, instrumentalist and performance artist focuses her new album on duos, quartets and solos featuring fiddlers and string music of all ilks.
"This album is intended to showcase the pairing of viola with violin in a variety of musical styles and with a variety of violinists. In my travels I've been privileged to share the stage with many talented musicians, and an occasional clown. There is always a particular magic when a violin is part of the mix," explains Morrison. Growing up in Indiana, Owl began her education thanks to music classes in her schools. "Viola may not seem an obvious choice for a solo instrument. Luckily that thought hadn't occurred to me when I took her out of the orchestra and into the wide wacky world of avant folk music."
Brendan Milburn of Groovelily says...
Owl Morrison is utterly compelling.
In the extremely small field of string-playing singer-songwriters,
women and men who sing WHILE they bow a stringed instrument she stands out.
She is unique, yet her music and voice are accessible
like e.e. cummings and Aaron Copland are dancing around a campfire in her head.
In performance, all distractions vanish
and you find yourself watching and listening, dumbstruck,
waiting to see where she'll go next.
Totally and completely engrossing, and the music is good, too.