Vintage Analogue and Rare Keyboard Collection
+ Light Painting Exhibition
The electric, creative world of MORGAN FISHER, musician and artist.

VACANT, Harajuku, Sept. 2 - 11, 2011 (closed Sept. 5)

Opening Reception: Sept. 2, 18:00 - 21:00

Performances, workshops, videos, photo art, and a talk show with PETER BARAKAN.


In the spacious Vacant art/music event hall in Harajuku, Morgan Fisher will hold an exhibition of his amazing collection of vintage, analogue and rare keyboards, some over 60 years old. The remarkable, often handmade instruments he has collected over the decades, are a delight to the eyes as well as the ears. In this event he will personally present the instruments (including some early digital rarities too) in workshops and concerts.

Also, his unique Light Paintings - an abstract photographic technique he has developed over more than 20 years - will be exhibited as large prints, backlight frames, and videos. See Morgans online gallery for more information about this art.

An extra attraction is a display of his intimate photographs of Mott the Hoople, and "Mott in America," his 40-minute film of the band, shot in 8mm while on tour of the USA in 1974.


VACANT, 3-20-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tel: 03-6459-2962
Email reservations: booking@n0idea.com

Vacant’s mission is ‘to make art a greater part of the fabric of everyday life’ with widely varied exhibitions, book fairs, flea markets, theatrical performances and live music by new local artists as well as international figures such as David Byrne. Vacant remains open even between exhibitions and has a shop, cafe and bar, making it one of Tokyo’s favourite art hangouts.


• Gallery Entrance Fee ¥500. Entry to workshops is free.
• Other ticket prices include entrance to Gallery.

Fri. Sept. 2 Opening Reception.
18:00 ~ 21:00
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 17:00)

Sat. Sept. 3 Morgan Fisher Solo Concert.
Door 18:30. Performance 19:00 - 21:00. ¥2000
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 16:00)

Sun. Sept. 4 Peter Barakan Talk show with Morgan:
“Mott The Hoople and Beyond”
Door Open, 16:30. Talk show 17:00 ~ 19:00. ¥2000
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 16:00)

Mon. Sept. 5 Gallery Holiday (closed)

Tues. Sept. 6 Workshop, Q&A. 13:00 ~ 15:00
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 20:00)

Wed. Sept. 7 Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 20:00

Thurs. Sept. 8 Workshop, Q&A. 16:00 ~ 18:00.
* Also private workshop for JSPA members, 13:00 ~ 15:00
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 13:00, 15:00 ~ 20:00)

Fri. Sept. 9 Workshop, Q&A. 18:00 ~ 20:00
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 20:00)

Sat. Sept. 10 Morgan Fisher Concert with Special Guests
Makiko Sakurai (chant), Neil Stalnaker (tp, electronics).
Door 18:30. Performance 19:00 ~ 21:00. Ticket ¥2000
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 16:00)

Sun. Sept. 11 Workshop, Q&A. 16:00 ~18:00
(Gallery Open 11:00 ~ 20:00)

Event Highlights (see Schedule on left for details):

9/2: Opening Reception

9/3: Solo improvisation concert by Morgan, featuring a selection of instruments from his collection, and projections of light paintings.

9/4: Talk Show with Morgan Fisher and Peter Barakan, broadcaster, focussing on his time with Mott the Hoople, and go beyond to other projects (e.g., Miniatures) and artists (e.g., Yoko Ono) he has been involved with. A short film “Mott in America” will be shown.

9/6, 8, 9, 11: Two-hour workshops with demonstrations of the instruments by Morgan. He will answer questions, and audience members will have a chance to play some of the instruments.

9/10: Concert by Morgan Fisher and guests Makiko Sakurai (shomyo chant) and Neil Stalnaker (trumpet, electronics) and projections of light paintings.

In the Shop:

Available for purchase inVacant's 1st-floor shop:

Light Paintings (small signed prints, and boxed postcard sets).
Mott the Hoople photographs by Morgan.
Various CD’s recorded/produced by Morgan.
DVD’s of “The Light Painter” and “Mott in America.”
Signed handprinted posters of some of the instruments.
*** Limited edition signed large prints and backlight prints/frames of the images on exhibit will be available for order during the event.

Keyboard Collection Highlights:

•1950 Hohner Multimonica - a combination accordion and tube synthesizer in an Art Deco body.
•1950 Ondioline tube synthesizer with finger vibrato, in an Art Deco wooden body. Recently tested (after restoring in Paris) by original Ondioline promoter and Moog pioneer, Jean-Jacques Perrey.
•1960's Jorgensen Clavioline tube synth, as used by Joe Meek and The Beatles.
•1970's RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, Oberheim Four Voice, and Maestro Rhythm King drum machine bought from Portishead (the same model was used by Sly and the Family Stone).
•1980's Realton Variophon analogue wind synth, superb sound, bought from Pink Floyd.
•1980's Electra Melodica (analogue electronic pianica), electronic accordions by Farfisa and Hohner, and two unique Russian organs.

Unusual acoustic instruments will also be in display, such as a handmade Wakeley pipe organ from Australia, an East German Harmona reed organ, a Trinome (polyrhythmic metronome) and a Claviharp (a European version of a kalimba or thumb piano). Another beautiful item is the luxurious handmade Italian pianica known as the Vibrandoneon.

Rare early digital items include the 360 Systems Digital Keyboard, Fairlight Voicetracker, the miniature Casio PT-7 synth. Three examples of the ultra-rare 1972 Triadex Muse, developed at Harvard University for composing music. Plus circuit-bent Casio and Yamaha keyboards.