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D-MoZone is the place to find out what’s new with pianist/composer/educator Diane Moser. Keep an eye on this blog for updates on music, health, gigs, fundraisers, random thoughts and all things D-Mo. And please keep sending your thoughts, good wishes and comments this way—they’re always needed and always appreciated.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Diane's having surgery 10/27

Early last week, Diane had surgery to deal with blood clots in her legs. The operation was a success, but now there's a problem with the incision. So tomorrow, Oct. 27, she's going to have plastic surgery on the incision and may need a skin graft, so please send healing thoughts her way. Please give her a couple of days before you call to check in. Diane appreciates your interest and concern, so stay in touch through email, FB posts and the like. I'll post updates here as I get them. Diane had a lot of questions for her doctors about whether anything she was doing may have triggered the problem. They didn't seem to think that her activity level--driving, swimming, lifting, gigging, etc.--had anything to do with the clots. I saw her on Saturday, and though she was in pain Diane seemed to be in pretty good spirits. I even heard that famous laugh a few times. Keep her in your thoughts and send good wishes her way! Thanks!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Send healing thoughts Diane's way

Pianist/composer Diane Moser had unexpected surgery July 3rd to clear arterial blockage in her left leg. She had several procedures to alleviate the blockage, followed by a week of physical therapy at a rehab center. She's mending now, but please continue to send healing thoughts her way. Contact Diane through Facebook, PM, email, texts or snail mail, but please keep phone contact minimal for now. She needs to rest and recuperate. Because of the surgery, Diane had to cancel her July 5 gig at the Cornelia Street Cafe. That was one of the toughest parts of this ordeal, especially since the date had earned mentions in the NY Times, Hot House and elsewhere. She was so disappointed that she didn't get to play, it was one of the first things she mentioned when coming out of anesthesia. The July 29 Diane Moser's Composers Big Band gig at Trumpets has been canceled too, also disappointing as it was her birthday gig and she had a lot of great material lined up. Let's hope both gigs will be rescheduled when she's securely back on her feet. In the meantime, send good thoughts Diane's way, and keep an eye on this site for more info on her recuperation, upcoming gigs and events, and all things D-Mo.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

John Curry Memorial Concert June 13, 2015 6PM-10PM

In December of 2008, my young friend Johnny Curry was murdered in his apartment in Troy, New York.

Johnny was a talented violist and just an all around wonderful soul. You can tell by this photograph and his big smile, that he made everyone smile whenever he was around. 
At the time of his death, he was a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and had just finished his last final for the semester and was gathering up his stuff to come home for Chirstmas. The investigation into his death is still ongoing, but it's pretty clear that someone had broken into his apartment, trying to rob him, and he was shot. 
Johnny was one of those people that if you needed a hand in something, he was there to help. I remember him coming to one of my gigs in NYC, and he volunteered to carry the drummer's massive "trap case" down several flights of stairs and onto the street. That case was so heavy, and Johnny just picked it up like it was a picnic basket. 

I also remember the hundreds of conversations we had on music. He was constantly checking out new music and new ideas. One night I took him to a concert at the new music performance space "Roulette" in NYC, to hear the innovative pianist Michael Harrison. Michael uses "just intonation", or pure tuning, the universal foundation for harmony which is constructed from musical intervals of perfect mathematical proportions as in the days of Pythagoras. He has a special way of tuning the piano to achieve this. As Johnny and I sat and listened, we immediately looked at each other after the first few notes were played, with that "what is that sound" look. But after a few minutes, it sounded completely normal, and magical. When we got back in the car to drive home, we were listening to some music on the radio, and again, our ears were in shock, we had to turn the radio off, we wanted to stay in the "just intonation" mode for the ride home. We talked all the way home about Pythagoras, Music of the Spheres, where does music come from, it was a really wonderful night.

Since his death, his family, friends and the orchestra that he played in, The Northern New Jersey Youth Symphony, has held a concert in his memory, and created the John F. Curry 3 Music Fund to support orchestra participation and the purchase of instruments for deserving young musicians. 
The Program:The evening begins at 6:00 with solo performances (my son and I will play on this segment of the program) and small ensembles. Students of the CHAMPS NJSO program, directed by Michelle Hatcher will perform:Pachelbel, Beethoven Lullaby, and Bile em' Cabbage. There is  a break for dinner at 7PM, provided by Johnny's family and firends, and a time for sharing memories of Johnny. At 8 p.m., the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra  with alumni and friends, directed by Todd Van Beveren, will perform the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe, St. Paul's Suite by Holst and Elgar's Elegy.
For the concert in 2011, the Curry family gave me recordings that Johnny had made of his compositional sketches, music he was composing for his mother. From those sketches I created a solo piano piece which you can see and hear, here. This year, my son, Chad Moser will join me on bass, playing those sketches.

Refreshments are served before, during and after the event, hosted by family and friends. These are not ordinary refreshments, but tables and tables of hor s d'oeuvres, entrees and desserts, with lots of beverages, and everyone talking and laughing and remembering Johnny.

The concert is open to the public, so please come and enjoy the music, and the fellowship.
These young musicians are wonderful, and many of Johnny's teachers perform with them side by side.

John F. Curry 3 Memorial Concert
Saturday, June 13
Congregation Church
 176 Cooper Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 
a $10 donation is requested