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Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Newsletter

Dear Friends,
Some of you are on my regular email list, but just in case you are not, I thought I would post this newsletter here.  Lots of goings on are happening so let's get started!
I have several new recordings that will be released soon...Duetto with Mark Dresser, WDMO with Duncan Moore, Rob Thorsen, Marguerita Page, Will Parsons, Peter Sprague, Mary Redhouse and my son Chad Moser, Inside/Out Trio with Tim Ferguson and Rob Henke. All of these are in various stages of production so as soon as I have dates on that I will pass it along. And just as a side note, Chad has a new recording out....his first..it's called IMAYDIS, you can check it out on CD Baby!

This past August I was awarded a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and I was named the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation-Creative Fellow, Millay Colony for the Arts, 2011.
The fruits of that labor will be a recording of my birdsong project in the next month or so, and a premiere of my work for big band "Music of the Spheres" Fall 2012.
More soon....

This past November I was awarded the CAP Recording Grant from New Music USA  to record my composition "Music for the Last Flower" with my quintet in partnership with Planet Arts. This composition is inspired by the James Thurber book "The Last Flower" and created with a grant from Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation program (now called New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Program). I received the grant in 2003 and the work was premiered in 2004 and has had several performances since that time...but we never got the chance to record in a studio setting...and now we do! This will be happening late spring/early summer....more soon...

Save these dates for Diane Moser's Composers Big Band
March 14th Trumpets Jazz Club  Montclair, NJ 8PM $15
Performing new works of our resident composers and some of our favorites from the book!

June 13th Trumpets Jazz Club  Montclair, NJ 8PM $15
Presenting the big band music of Jaki Byard!
I cannot tell you how excited I am about this project! I have been searching for this music for years and finally found it through the wonderful John Sergenian.
More soon.......

Events coming up soon....
Breaking Boundaries:The Art of Alex Masket
Wed Feb 8th 7:15 PM Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NJ, showing, panel discussion and reception $6 (members) $11 (non-members)
This is the documentary that I composed the music for and recorded along with my quintet. It continues to tour around to different film festivals, centers and special showings with Alex's incredible art.

Music for the Soul Concert Series presents: Roger Verdi, trombone and Martha Locker, piano
Saturday Feb 11th 8PM suggested donation $15
This is a series that I produce at the Allwood Community Church in Clifton, NJ. Both Roger and Martha are incredible musicians and will be performing a diverse program of music that dates back to the 17th century up through the present. Go to the link above and you can hear samples of their music as well as more information on this concert.

Projects for you to consider.....
Oliver Lake Big Band Recording A new project by my dear friend and incredible musician/composer Oliver Lake, to create a new recording with his big band. I have supported this and am asking you to take a minute and check out his project on INDIE GOGO Also, please consider subscribing to his newsletter by emailing him at olla@aol.com.

Liz Phillips Biyuu  Another new project by another dear friend, and exceptional artist , Liz Phillips who creates interactive muti-media installations. This project will have a premiere at Roulette (Brooklyn, NY) this spring, and is on the support website USA Projects. I have supported this project as well and again asking you to take a minute to check it out!