A short dizzying stew of music and narrative
-- quantum physics, languages, chants, stories, scientists, banquets,
distant galaxies, songs, objects, and desire. Based on text fragments
from the writings of the late Italian writer and Nobel Prize winner,
Italo Calvino. Composed and performed by Moss with additional voice
inserts spoken by Maldwyn and Ichi Ikeda.
Co-commissioned by Harvestworks, Inc., the Wexner
Center for the Visual Arts., and NEW AMERICAN RADIO.
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DAVID MOSS (Berlin, Germany)
is one of the most innovative percussionists playing today. His solo performances
combine drums, metal, strings, plastic, wood, and electronics, with provocative
and extreme vocals. Moss has worked with Fred Frith, Shelley Hirsch, Heiner
Goebbels, Christian Marclay, Carles Santos, Hans Peter Kuhn, Henning Christiansen,
Tom Guralnick, Jon Rose, Sergei Kuryokhin, Z'EV, Malcolm Goldstein, Anthony
Coleman, Peter Hollinger et.al. He has collaborated with dancers Steve
Paxton, Kei Takei, & Kenneth King.
Other Radio Works and Recordings
As a soloist MOSS has been featured at: The Kitchen,
Public Theater, Knitting Factory, Whitney Museum, Roulette, Musica '88/92
(Strasbourg/Bonn), Walker Art Center, The Ijsbreker, New Music America
('83-88), Wien Festwochen, Taktlos Festival, PS 122, Tokyo New Music,
American Center (Paris), ICA (London), Milano Poesia, Alte Opera (Frankfurt),
WDR (Koln), Kunst Museum (Bern). He is the leader of "DenseBand", "Direct
Sound" (5 Voices), and is the Musical Director of "Survival Songs" a
new opera for Leipzig Oper.
His most recent prizes and honors include the Horspeil
des Monats for "Moss Tales" awarded by the Deutsche Akademie des Darstellenden
Kunste in October 1995, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik,
1992 and 1994; a 1991 Guggenheim Fellowship and a DAAD Kunstlerprogram
stipend for a one-year residency in Berlin, Germany. Moss has lived
in Berlin since 1991. He has completed two works for NEW AMERICAN RADIO:
Conjure (1991) and Language Linkage (1986).
Language Linkage (1986)
An OpeRadio that revels in the playful world of the late Italian writer
and Nobel Prize winner, Italo Calvino. Moss uses selected texts from Calvino's
Invisible Cities and his own inimitable vocal and percussion style.
Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO.