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Denseland
Litwin/Moss Duo

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"He's the Caruso of the avant-garde"
[High Performance]

"Alien love-songs meet Bo Diddley, John Coltrane and Maria Callas- that's one way of describing a David Moss concert." [The Village Voice]

“The singer David Moss is cantorial, David Byrne-ish, Beat-cool, raving post-Berio in the mad gabble of the city.”
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Performance Projects available in 2009-2010

denseland
david moss - voice, electronics
hannes strobl - bass
hanno leichtmann - drums, electronics

denseland is an improvising trio, formed in february 2008 in berlin/germany. it is a true dreamteam containing david moss, hannes strobl and hanno leichtmann. the trio creates an acoustic pulsing universe where moss' vocal plays on rhythmic-hypnotic surfaces created by strobl and leichtmann. it's all about being compact, earthy and massive.

city-building mammals <> migrating animals
slowly changing sunsets <> new volcanic inlets
body-sweating rhythms <> mental research citizens
sliding in space-time <> mutations on our island
it’s a very denseland <> play it

www.myspace.com/denseland

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Litwin/Moss Duo
Stefan Litwin: Piano, composition
David Moss: Voice, improvisation

An evening-length performance of contemporary music spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring the music of Cage, Schoenberg, and a special performance of “The Bells” (text by Edgar Allen Poe), for piano and voice, composed by Stefan Litwin (www.stefanlitwin.com) “Von Stefan Litwin selbst stammt das Melodram ‘The Bells’ nach einem Text von Edgar Allen Poe. Poes Text bezieht sich auf die Funktion der Glocke als Symbol von Lebensphasen.

David Moss, innovativer Schlagzeuger und Sänger, gestaltet den Part der ‘Sprechstimme’ mit farbenreichem Elan und zeigt, wie viele Schattierungen das Sprechen haben kann, bevor es die Grenze zum künstlichen Singen übertritt.” (Pual Hübner, Zeitzeichen)

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Provokalia Choirs: Short, intense vocal pieces, composed and led by David Moss, for massed voices (between 20 and 100)

The power and passion of the human voice is always physical, seductive and startling. Provokalia Choirs offers a new look at the sounds of many voices. Each Provokalia Choir performance is a kaleidoscope of phrases, loops, textures, timbres, chants and vocal dances.

Each composition is between 3 and 10 minutes long, and can be rehearsed and performed by any group of singers/non-singers in 2 hours maximum.

Provokalia Choir offers festivals and special events the chance to interact in a new way with their local community by sending out a "call for singers".
[see News for information about the premiere of this project under the name "Before Time Begins"]

SOLOS:

NEW NEW NEW available June 2005 NEW NEW NEW


1. "Music for the Wah Wah Hut": A powerful, personal and eccentric combination of percussion, drums, electronics, objects, and voice. Rhythms, loops, chants, surprises, stories, densities, humor, song, all mixed and performed “live”, at the moment, served up piping hot and full of unique sonic spices. "Music for the Wah Wah Hut" is Moss's newest solo performance, "One of the premiere percussionists and improvisers of the 90's" (The New York Times); "You have never heard any musician go so far from any known mainstream!" (The Village Voice)

2. "MOSS TALES”: From Russia to Rio, Bogota to Berlin! An evening of stories (in English) and music that takes the listener on tour around the world. Premiered as a radio-play for SFB Radio (winner of several prizes & released on CD), "MOSS TALES” is a concert of language, rhythm, stories and laughter. Moss drums, sings, and tells these crazy tales all at the same time.

3. "Music By, For, and Against John Cage": An eccentric evening of solo pieces - 2 by Cage & 4 by Moss as homage & attacks on Cage's aesthetics and ideas. A loving tribute and tickle - with electronics, objects, voice, and percussion - to one of the giants of 20th century music. Some people think this is a little scandalous, but so was Cage!

4. "WILD WORLD": odd objects, extreme voice
A performance of dense, intense, humorous, pulsing, lyrical, mysterious, loud, tender, eccentric music filled with voices. It's physical music from a unique vocalist who is one of the most unpredictable improvisers of the 21st century. "WILD WORLD" investigates the border-line between rhythm, song, noise, beats, stories and the human body.

Combining language-inflected voice with the perverted percussion rhythms and eccentric electronics, Moss performs a series of pieces which fuse sound, sense, nonsense, attack, meaning, distorted texts, laughter, sonic pleasures and surprise. Is it new wave, new music, avant-garde, performance art, freaky fun, noise-rock, low-tech, no-tech, screaming monks, alien love songs? Definitely!

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DUOS:

5. "Operetta”: Frank Schulte, electronics, turntables, remix David Moss, voices, drums
Hear 21st-Century arias, cadenzas, overtures, and emotional song when the "man of a thousand voices" meets "virtual orchestra". It's an evening of wild sonorities in a dramatic scene, performed by Moss and Frank Schulte (turntables, records, samplers) that combines the voices of past, present, future , hi-tech samplers, low-tech vinyl LPs, and the wild drumming and powerful vocals of Moss.

6. “Fragmentary Blues”: Michael Rodach, guitars David Moss, voice, drums
Who could imagine? A blues duo? Songs and words? Well, it's blues with a twist of noise, and a dash of daring. Moss and Rodach add magic and mystery to the world of blues with their passionate, playful, original, and humorous tribute to the power of one voice and one guitar. Released on CD in 2000, this album received raves from guitar and jazz magazines all over Europe. If you've always wanted to mix old and new, “Fragmentary Blues” is for you.

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7. “LoOpera”: Ali N. Askin, samples, synth, programming, re-mixes David Moss: voices, percussion Dancing loops, pulsing beats, incendiary chants, sentient synths, vocal vistas, and lush laptops all blend together into an evening of contemporary electronic music - PLUS - a really physical performance! Ali N. Askin, know for his amazing work with the music of Frank Zappa, Heiner Goebbels and German cinema, joins forces with David Moss to bring electronica back into the cave. “LoOpera is music that seduces you to join in the dance and singing around the fire” (Modern Human Music, 2004)

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VOCAL GROUP:

8. “Vocal Village Project”: Koichi Makigami, voice Phil Minton, voice Catherine Jauniaux, voice
David Moss, voice Frank Schulte, electronics, mix & remix Four of the most adventurous singers of our times, plus mysterious electronics: the Vocal Village Project is tribal music for the 21st century. Every sound in the known universe (plus some others!) combines and recombines here. (CD available).
Contact: e-mail to David Moss, at address listed above in website


ENSEMBLE PROJECTS:

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9. “Pierrot LunaiRE:REmix 05/06”:
Alter Ego Ensemble /David Moss: voice, electronics, percussion

“Pierrot LunaiRE:REmix 05/06”: Schoenberg as remixed by Alter Ego and David Moss” brings together an ensemble and a soloist who are not afraid of taking musical, artistic, or conceptual risks. Here we have a Schoenberg for the 21st century - with electronics, loops, drumming, noise, multitudes of voices, fast-changing, schizoid , spatial, impossible to categorize, and full of heat. Both Moss and Alter Ego have presented powerful works of contemporary music for many years. Both have had their work labeled provocative, scandalous, or extreme.

Most recently, David Moss presented a thought-provoking, utterly new, and vocally radical interpretation at the Salzburg Festival when he performed the role of Prince Orlovsky in Johann Strauss' “Die Fledermaus”. Alter Ego has grounded it's own international festival called “Come to Daddy”, featuring a mix of DJ's, contemporary composers, video artists, and amplified sound presented in non-traditional performance formats.
Contact: Elisabetta Longardi at e.longardi@resiartists.it

10. "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary and Other Persuasions": Composed by Frank Zappa, performed by the Ensemble Modern, and arranged by Ali N. Askin, Omar Ebrahim and David Moss, vocals.

Frank Zappa like you've never heard him; a classical ensemble like you've never imagined. Together they combine to bring to life one of Frank Zappa's “un-performable” masterpieces. With over 30 performances in 10 countries since 1999, “The Adventures.....” is one of the most popular concerts of Frank Zappa's ensemble music. In 2003 the Ensemble Modern released the CD (RCA Gold Seal) of this project, and received awards from music magazines worldwide. “The Adventures of Greggery Peccary......” is a full evening Zappa program with new arrangements by Ali N. Askin, performed by the premiere new-music ensemble of Germany.
Contact: info@ensemble-modern.com www.ensemble-modern.com

11. “Those Who Speak in A Faint Voice”: Andrea Molino, director, composer
for classical ensemble, 4 actors, video, David Moss

A highly political and powerful multimedia event, created and composed by Andrea Molino, the director of Fabrica music. Combining 10-piece contemporary ensemble with live actors, singer, anti-death penalty texts, and emotional video from actual USA death-row inmates, “Those Who Speak in Faint Voices” makes a passionate musical case for the end of the death penalty worldwide.

Performed in Rome, Basel, Nürnberg, and New York, the performance has been supported by the EU committee against the death penalty.
Contact: Birgit Gotzes, Musik Management Muenchen birgit@gotzes-mmm.de
tel: +49 (0)89 725 33 64 fax: +49 (0)89 74 74 79 95 www.gotzes-mmm.de

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THEATER:

12. “Einstein for Aliens”: a 1-man science fiction music-theater performance
created, composed, performed by David Moss; stage and light, costumes by Fred Pommerehn;
staged by David Moss and Fred Pommerehn; produced by Muziektheater Transparant and Hebbel Theater.

This gorgeous stage spectacle was premiered in 2003 and toured in 10 cities. It's the (very funny) story of aliens landing on earth and looking for the ONE PERSON who will make them ecstatic. And who might that person be? A scientist, a race-car driver, an opera singer, a politician? No, of course, not! An “improvising musician”? YEEESSSS! Performed by David Moss on a mysterious, illuminated multi-dimensional stage created by Fred Pommerehn.

“Einstein for Aliens' is a wonderful total work of art: a mixture of Robert Wilson, Cirque du Soleil, jazz, and above all, David Moss. I was excited, delighted, and had lots to smile at. What else can an artist give to his audience? I would not want to miss one single moment of this marvelous evening.” (Prof. Manfred Eichel, Program Dir. & Chief Cultural Correspondent, ZDF Television, Germany)
Contact: David Moss (see website "Contact")

13. “Prometheus”: a scenic concert by Heiner Goebbels, text by Heiner Müller, composed and directed by Heiner Goebbels with Heiner Goebbels, piano, keyboards; David Moss, drums, voice; Ernst Stoetzner, actor or André Wilms, actor

A masterpiece of sound and sight, directed and staged by Heiner Goebbels, with a powerful text from internationally known dramatist, Heiner Mueller. “Prometheus” has been performed over eighty times in 20 countries around the world. It is the only theater or music piece in existence in which Heiner Goebbels performs live with raves from theater and music festivals everywhere. “Prometheus” binds emotional myth to modern life with a black and white staging and powerful live music from Goebbels on grand piano, keyboards, and David Moss, drums and voice.
Contact: Klaus Schaeffer, Artmobil: klaus.schaeffer@artmobil.de

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OPERA:

14. “Lost Highway”: opera composed by Olga Neuwirth
(based on David Lynch's film of the same name)
Libretto by Elfriede Jelinek (from the script by Barry Gifford)

Performed by contemporary ensemble and vocal soloists “Lost Highway” by Austrian star composer, Olga Neuwirth, with libretto by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Elfriede Jelinek (based on the original screenplay by Barry Gifford) is a modern day opera with everything: sex, rock and roll, murder, drugs, electronics, new music, songs, and an hysterical 3-minute death aria by David Moss, as gangster Mr. Eddy.

Premiered in Graz, Austria at the Steierischer Autumn Festival in 2003, and then produced by Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland in 2004; in 2005 it moves to Paris for a concert performance by the famous Ensemble Intercontemporain, with vocal soloists from the original cast. Sung and spoken in English. for more information.
Contact: David Moss at this website's Contact area

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ORCHESTRA:

15. “Surrogate Cities”: a full evening orchestral work composed and staged by Heiner Goebbels
arranged by Ali N, Askin , for orchestra, sampler, and 2 vocal soloists. CD available on ECM

“Surrogate Cities” is the only full-length orchestral work by Heiner Goebbels. It has been performed more than twenty-five times around the world since its premiere in Frankfurt in 1994. In 2004, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic performed it at the Lucerne Festival and the Berlin Philharmonie to ecstatic reviews and standing ovations. For press reviews and more information,
contact: www.heinergoebbels.de

16. "CREDO: The Innocence of God", created, composed, conducted by Andrea Molino; a multimedia music theater piece for large orchestra, three international ensembles, actors, soloists, and live satellite video. "CREDO" is a project of Fabrica, libretto by Achim Thorwald and Molino, with David Moss, voice. Production work by Fabrica Musica, Fabrica video, and Fabrica visual design.

CREDO has the theme of ethnic and religious conflict. CREDO is a global project: various languages and disciplines complement each other to achieve an extraordinary new form of communication. Music, video, interactivity, editorial, design, and new technologies are an integral and dramatic part of CREDO.

A direct satellite link with Jerusalem, Belfast , and Istanbul allows musicians from each of these violence-drenched cities to interact LIVE and in REAL TIME with the orchestra and soloists in the concert hall. Andrea Molino's powerful and sensitive score creates a tight and exciting connection between nations, cultures, musics, religions, and audiences.

After a successful premiere in Karlsruhe in 2004, the piece was invited to the 5th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome, where it was performed in the Termini Station for assembled international dignitaries.
Contact: Birgit Gotzes, Musik Management Muenchen birgit@gotzes-mmm.de
tel: +49 (0)89 725 33 64 fax: +49 (0)89 74 74 79 95 www.gotzes-mmm.de

Please note:
For information, etc. on projects #1-8, contact David Moss through this website.
Projects #1-8 require a Sound-system, sound-person, and a drum-set; exact technical list will be provided on request.
Technical list for projects #9-16 are available on request to contact address provided with each project.
Costs (and more complete information) for projects #9-16 are available from the contact addresses provided with each project.

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