Archive for February 2014

Diane Moser Solo – March 16

The finest jazz composer in New Jersey is performing at musiXplore on Sunday, March 16. She is the musical director, pianist and contributing composer of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, a 17-piece big band formed 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. Diane has an enviable history of collaborations with musicians like Oliver Lake and Diamanda Galas, compositions for movies, musical theater and dance companies and numerous grants, awards and critic’s accolades.

Diane Moser

Composer Diane Moser

But the musiXplore concert will be something a little different: Diane Moser Solo. You’ll get to hear the sumptuous beauty of her piano playing, unclouded by accompaniment. Here’s one sample of her solo piano. Diane writes: “This is the third movement from my new quintet recording ‘Music for The Last Flower’, inspired by the James Thurber book ‘The Last Flower-A Parable in Pictures’ (1939) Diane Moser-composer. On my recording this track segues into the next 3 tracks..but not the ending will be somewhat abrupt.”

For part of the concert, Diane will be joined by her son Chad Moser. With him on laptop and her on piano, they’ll do some electronica free-improv: another side of Diane you haven’t seen before!

Comp Cord Ensemble Video

Peter Jarvis, Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper put on a great concert at musiXplore on February 16. We’re so proud to be able to present such capable and talented musicians and composers. Here is one piece from the show:

You can view the entire show from these playlists: opening act Headbrain’s performance and the Comp Cord Ensemble’s set. Thanks once again to all the musicians!

Headbrain at musiXplore

For our opening act this coming Sunday, February 16, Hoboken art rockers Headbrain will perform a set of their spooky improvisation. For this show, Headbrain’s lineup will include Elizabeth Walsh and Adam Budofsky. Here is one of their videos to give you an idea of their style and sound:

The main act on Sunday will be the Comp Cord Ensemble (Peter Jarvis, Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper), see our previous post for more details about them. Show time is 1pm, $5 suggested donation.