percussionist, composer, performer, teacher, curator, improviser, theater-maker,
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David's performance in the English National Operas Lost Highway
Moss is at the forefront of new, composed and improvised, contemporary music.
He is a pioneer of the solo concert form, and has presented over 1000 solo percussion
and voice concerts around the world. First as a percussionist, and now as a singer
and unique vocalist, he has collaborated with composers, theater directors, and
opera houses throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA. Over the past 2 decades he
has become known as one of the most innovative singers and powerful, extreme vocalists
in the world.
David Moss has expanded his
musical work to include stage/screen performer, theater actor, opera singer, and
performance/voice character in experimental avant-garde art works. Because of
his 4 & 1/2 octave range and his wide vocabulary of vocal sounds and characters,
he is in-demand internationally as a "unique and powerful voice" for
a new generation of composers and opera directors.
sounds like Jim Carrey doing an impression of
Ella Fitzgerald while being
eaten by the creature from Alien."
Moss received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991
for music/sound composition, and moved to Berlin, Germany in 1991 as a recipient
of the prestigious Berlin DAAD artist fellowship.
Since 1991 he has sung as soloist and performed with numerous festivals, orchestras,
ensembles, and theater companies, culminating in recent performances with Sir
Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic; as Nino in Luciano Berios' last opera,
"Cronaca del Luogo", and as Prince Orlovsky in a scandalous staging
of "Die Fledermaus", both at the Salzburg Festival.
David Moss has also performed in:
Cities, by German composer/director, Heiner Goebbels; Olga Neuwirth's opera
version of David Lynch's "Lost Highway"; the Ensemble Modern's Frank
Zappa project; Carla Bley's "Escalator Over the Hill"; and had recent
premieres in the Spoleto Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Venice Biennale,
and the 5th Conference of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome.
1999, Moss conceived and co-founded (with Muziektheater Transparant), the
Institute for Living Voice, of which he is currently Artistic Director.