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Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket

Created and Directed by Dennis Connors, Ashcan Films 2009, 18 mins

In August of 2009, photographer and film maker Dennis Connors asked me to compose and record music for this film. The film documents the kinetic energy and wholly individualistic style of Alex Masket, an incredibly talented visual artist with severe autism.

Personnel:

  • Diane Moser — piano and compositions
  • Andy Eulau — bass
  • Scott Neumann — drums
  • Rob Henke — trumpet
  • Ben Williams — trombone
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VISITOR CENTER VIDEO for Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Located in Cornish, NH, this National Park Service site celebrates the life and work of America’s greatest sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This informational video was produced for the visitors’ center to give guests at the site a window into the world that will unfold before them as they experience Saint-Gaudens’ home.

Diane Moser, Music supervisor and performer; video by Voices and Visions Productions, LTD.

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DMOCBB – A Sonic Party

A beautiful short documentary by film maker Dennis Connors that gives an inside look at Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band. Included are interviews from band members; Diane Moser, Erick Storckman, Andy Eulau, Jim Cifelli and Rob Henke, guest composer Howard Johnson, and audience member Dave Yennior, along with footage of rehearsals at Allwood Community Church, Clifton, NJ and live performances (2003-2010) at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ.

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What Is This Thing Called Big Band?

A mini documentary on Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band with interviews of band members and composers, video by Ryen Tetzloff, Curt Fissell and Dennis Connors. Interviews by Elzy Kolb.

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“Bits of Blue” by Dennis Connors


A beautiful film portrait of solos featuring Erick Storckman, Jim Cifelli, Andy Eulau, Barbara Cifelli, Scott Neumann, Matt Haviland and myself, from our resident photographer/film maker, Dennis Connors, who has been photographing and filming us since 1997.

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“Bits of Blue”-part 2 by Dennis Connors


Our resident photographer and film maker, Dennis Connors, continues with part 2 of his beautiful film portrait of solos featuring Marty Fogel, Rob Middleton, Ed Xiques, Rob Henke, Ben Williams, Mike Spengler and yours truly. Dennis has been photographing the band since 1997, and filming the band since 2005. You can check out his amazing portfolio and body of work at dennisconnors.com.

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“Run and Hide” Rob Henke-composer

“Run and Hide” by Rob Henke, performed by Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey on October 22, 2014 on their Annual Peace Concert/Tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Featuring actors Rob Henke and Leese Walker. In the chorus (the bones) are Ben Williams, Erick Storckman, Matt Haviland, and Dennis Argul.Video by Dennis Connors.

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“Spirits” Matt Haviland-composer

Performed by Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Annual Peace Concert/Tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days,Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey on October 9, 2013. Sublime solos by Ed Xiques on alto, Erick Storckman on trombone, and Mike Spengler on trumpet. Matt Haviland is a resident composer/arranger and trombonist, and has been with the band since its inception in 1997. Video by Dennis Connors.

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“One For Amos” by Sam Jones, arr.by Mike Kaplan

Performed by Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Annual Peace Concert/Tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days,Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey on October 9, 2013. At this Peace Concert we also honored the legendary Jazz Club proprietor Amos Kaune and Arts Editor for the Montclair Times Joan Finn. “One For Amos” was composed by Sam Jones for Amos Kaune in the 1970’s. Mike Kaplan graciously volunteered to write this wonderful arrangement for us.
Video by Dennis Connors.

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“Enough” by Mike Kaplan

“Enough” composed by Mike Kaplan for the 2008 Peace Concert. This is from our Annual Peace Concert/Tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days, October 9, 2013 at Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, New Jersey, USA.
Video by Dennis Connors