Diane Moser’s music has been described as: refreshing and imaginative, mesmerizing, beautiful and transcendent, composing with a dreamlike quality that shifts between stately melody and free improvisation, a strong lyrical voice with a superb inventiveness, a compositional and improvisational tour de force.
As a leader, Diane currently has several ensembles that express her wide diversity of musical
interests. She is the musical director, pianist and contributing composer of Diane Moser’s
Composers Big Band, a 17-piece big band formed in 1997 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, and her new trio The Birdsong Trio, with
revolving members that include: trombonist Ben Williams, bassists Mark Dresser, Andy Eulau Ken Filiano
and Rob Thorsen, drummers Gerry Hemingway, Scott Neumann, Michael Sarin, Duncan Moore
and Andrew Cyrille, alto saxophone and clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, Anton Denner, and Ed Xiques.
Diane has garnered many grants and awards in composition including Chamber Music America‘s
New Works Creation and Presentation Grant, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center,
New Music USA’s (CAP Recording and MetLife Creative Connections), the Mary Flagler Carey
Charitable Trust and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. She has also received
fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Arts and was named the
Mid-Atlantic Arts Creative Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts.
She is currently on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Music Composition
Program in Montpelier, VT, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York
City where she teaches composition and performance.
Articles by Diane Moser:
One never knows where the music will take you, especially if you are willing to explore new pathways. After the release of my recording Birdsongs, the conversations about the music...
Every day for five weeks, I improvised with songbirds and any other creatures that made their voices heard, and recorded each session. My goal was to become a member of...