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Diane Moser

Montclair, NJ            

Diane Moser’s music has been described as: refreshing and imaginative, mesmerizing, beautiful and transcendent, composing with a dreamlike quality that shifts between stately melody and free improvisation, a strong lyrical voice with a superb inventiveness,  a compositional and improvisational tour de force.

As a leader, Diane currently has several ensembles that express her wide diversity of musical
interests. She is the musical director, pianist and contributing composer of Diane Moser’s
Composers Big Band, a 17-piece big band formed in 1997 for the purpose of developing and
presenting new music for big band. Since 1999 she has led her quintet, The Diane Moser
Quintet, and since 2002 The Diane Moser Trio, and her new trio The Birdsong Trio, with
revolving members that include: trombonist Ben Williams, bassists Mark Dresser, Andy Eulau Ken Filiano
and Rob Thorsen, drummers Gerry Hemingway, Scott Neumann, Michael Sarin, Duncan Moore
and Andrew Cyrille, alto saxophone and clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, Anton Denner, and Ed Xiques.

Diane has garnered many grants and awards in composition including Chamber Music America‘s
New Works Creation and Presentation Grant, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center,
New Music USA’s (CAP Recording and MetLife Creative Connections), the Mary Flagler Carey
Charitable Trust and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. She has also received
fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Arts and was named the
Mid-Atlantic Arts Creative Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts.

She is currently on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Music Composition
Program in Montpelier, VT, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York
City where she teaches composition and performance.

Diane Moser Birdsongs

This music was created during a 5 week residency at The MacDowell Colony, where every day Diane improvised and recorded with song birds, and transcribed the recordings Released March 1, 2018 Planet Arts Diane Moser-piano/composer, Anton Denner-flute/piccolo, Ken Filiano-bass.All compositions by Diane Moser (Diane Moser Music, ASCAP) except for “The (Un)Common Loon,” composed by Kyle Pederson, Kyle Pederson Music ASCAP, 2015, and “A Hermit Thrush at Eve Opus 92.No.1” composed by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, 1921. Copyright 2017 Diane Moser Music

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Diane Moser Quintet-Music for The Last Flower

The James Thurber book “The Last Flower-A Parable in Pictures” was the source of inspiration for this music. Written in September 1939, the story recounts the cycles of war, despair and hopelessness, love that is found, and a hope for peace. Featuring:Diane Moser-piano/composer, Mark Dresser-bass, Gerry Hemingway-drums, Marty Ehrlich-alto sax/clarinet, Ben Williams-trombone. Created with support from Chamber Music America’s 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and New Music USA.

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Diane Moser WDMO

Released July 20, 2012 Planet Arts
Compositions by Diane Moser, Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin, Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn
Features:Diane Moser-piano, Duncan Moore-drums, Rob Thorsen-bass, Peter Sprague-guitar, Will Parsons-percussion, vocalists Marguerita Page and Mary Redhouse, Chad Moser-remix/producer.
Recorded 2002 & 2007 at SpragueLand Recording Studio, Encinitas, CA Peter Sprague — Engineer
Recording with Mary Redhouse 2003, John Guth Recording Studio, Valley Cottage, NY John Guth — Engineer
Produced by Diane Moser

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles November 26 2019 | By Diane Moser
How Working with Birdsong Brought Me to New Communities Beyond Music

One never knows where the music will take you, especially if you are willing to explore new pathways. After the release of my recording Birdsongs, the conversations about the music...

Articles November 14 2019 | By Diane Moser
My Journey With Bird Songs

Every day for five weeks, I improvised with songbirds and any other creatures that made their voices heard, and recorded each session. My goal was to become a member of...