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.
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 here..so 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!