April 25, 2022

DEEP PURPLE's STEVE MORSE Is Working On Art Collection Crafted From Guitar Performance

DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse has been collaborating with Los Angeles art team SceneFour on the creation of fine artwork built from performance. A groundbreaking approach to making visuals on canvas, each piece in this collection showcases a new dimension to the instrument — a visual one.

For more information, visit SteveMorseArt.com.

SceneFour is primarily known as the team responsible for the “rhythm-on-canvas” medium, having released art collections over the last several years with a highly select group of drumming legends, including Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH), Rick Allen (DEF LEPPARD) and Dave Lombardo (SLAYER).

SceneFour, a Los Angeles design and branding firm, uses LED technology to transfer the musicians’ unique style onto a canvas. The art reportedly provides a “musical fingerprint” that is as unique as an artist’s autograph.

“Each guy’s artwork looks drastically different because their styles and techniques are different,” Cory Danziger, who co-founded SceneFour in 2004 with Ravi Dosaj, a graphic designer, told The New York Times.

Bill Ward‘s artwork is dark and there’s kind of a foreboding element to it, whereas Chad Smith‘s has kind of a light and airy feel to his playing. His arms are open and those pieces have a butterfly effect,” Danziger said.

Morse effectively took over Ritchie Blackmore‘s DEEP PURPLE slot in 1994 and has since been in the group longer than Ritchie.

In a 1997 interview, Blackmore stated about Morse: “I’m just glad they [DEEP PURPLE] found a guitar player to carry on because I thought I was going to be shackled to this band for the rest of my life. It was like a ball-and-chain thing, and luckily, they said, ‘Well, we found someone.’ ‘Thank God, I can get out!’

“I haven’t listened much [to DEEP PURPLE‘s recent recordings]. I just know that Steve Morse [is a] brilliant player. I remember Steve Morse with the DIXIE DREGS; they’re fantastic.”

Morse‘s solo career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical and fusion. Having started playing guitar around the age of 11, he later on attended University of Miami’s School of Music, where he studied classical guitar and jazz. A “guitarist’s guitarist”, he was voted “Best Overall Guitarist” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll for five consecutive years, before being removed from eligibility to open the award to other musicians, and being inducted into their Gallery Of Greats. His work has received seven Grammy Award nominations, and he has appeared on over 200 albums.

DEEP PURPLE‘s latest album, “Turning To Crime”, came out in November via earMUSIC. The LP contains DEEP PURPLE‘s versions of great rock classics and musical jewels — including songs originally recorded by Bob Dylan, FLEETWOOD MAC, Bob Seger, CREAM and THE YARDBIRDS — carefully chosen by each member of the band.

Due to “a family matter,” Morse will be taking a temporary hiatus from DEEP PURPLE live shows but remains a full member of the band. Steve‘s replacement for PURPLE‘s upcoming dates in May, June and July 2022 will be guitarist Simon McBride, who has previously toured with both Ian Gillan and Don Airey, among others.




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