Birdsongs for Eric (2014)
A 20-minute suite based on the flute improvisations of the iconic jazz musician and composer, Eric Dolphy and the birdsongs from his native California.
Commissioned and premiered for the Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound Celebration Series on May 30th, 2014, at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Featured Performers: Diane Moser-piano, Anton Denner-flute, Marty Ehrlich-flute, Howard Johnson-bass clarinet, Ken Filiano-bass and Michael Sarin-drums.
Diane Moser Quintet New Music in Bryant Park Series in partnership with Chamber Music America, Bryant Park, NY, New York. July 25, 2014
Music of the Spheres (2009)
The inception of this jazz/experimental piece is based on the concepts of Pythagoras and Johannes Kepler’s “Harmonice Mundi”. Composed for piano jazz trio and jazz quintet while in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, June/July, 2009. Expanded and scored for big band while in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, August 2011.
Big Band Premier: Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, Meadowlands Environmental Center, Lyndhurst, NJ. April 10th 2013
Trio Premier/Mvt 2 “Music of the Spheres”: Diane Moser Trio: Tribute to Jaki Byard Luna Stage Theater Company, West Orange, NJ. March 10 2013
Quintet Premier/Mvt 2 “Music of the Spheres”: Diane Moser Quintet, Caldwell College Concert Series, Caldwell, NJ. Feb 2011
Winter Solstice Concert featuring: Diane Moser’s 4 mvt suite “Music of the Spheres” “Jazz in the Space Age” by composer George Russell and guest tenor saxophonist Bob Hanlon, Trumpets Jazz Club (Montclair, NJ) Dec 18th, 2013
The Birdsong Project (2008)
A seven-movement jazz/experimental/chamber jazz suite based on birdcalls, composed while in residence at the MacDowell Colony June/July 2008, (Peterborough, NH) through a series of recorded improvisations with birds.
Arranged for solo piano, piano and bass, piano/bass and trumpet,piano/bass/flute/alto sax, jazz quintet and 17 piece big band with vocalist.
Premiered by The Diane Moser Trio with Andy Eulau-bass and Scott Neumann-drums, Diane Moser-piano, Trumpets Jazz Club, (Montclair, NJ) Sept 2008
- Diane Moser –”The Birdsong Project”, solo piano, part of the VCFA Composers Concert, Spectrum (New York, NY) June 7, 2014
- Diane Moser –”The Birdsong Project”, solo piano, “musiXplore Series” Ivanhoe Wheelhouse (Paterson, NJ) March 16th, 2014
- Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band featuring the composition “If You’ll Call Me, Then I’ll Call You”, from the Birdsong Project, arranged by Diane Moser, with lyrics from featured vocalist Marcelino Feliciano. Trumpets Jazz Club, (Montclair, NJ) in conjunction with “World Listening Day” July 17th, 2013.
- “The Birdsong Project” with Anton Denner-flute, Ken Filiano-bass, Meadowlands Environmental Center (Lyndhurst, NJ) May 11th, 2013
- Caldwell College Concert Series-Diane Moser Quintet (Caldwell, NJ) Feb 2011
- Duo Concert with bassist Mark Dresser Klavierhaus (New York, NY) Nov 5 2010
- Duo Concert with bassist Mark Dresser Cornelia St Café (New York, NY) July 2010
- Duo Concert with bassist Mark Dresser Allwood Community Church “Music for the Soul Concert Series” (Clifton, NJ) June 2010
- “The Birdsong Project” Solo Piano and Laptop Sampling with Matt Meade (Sound/Electronic Artist) Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair, (Montclair, NJ) December 2008
- Duo Concert with bassist Mark Dresser The Stone, (New York, NY) August 2008
- Tim Fergusson Inside/Out Trio “Hold That Thought” (Planet Arts, 2014)
- A mixture of jazz standards and original compositions, featuring “If You’ll Call Me, Then I’ll Call You” from The Birdsong Project.
- Tim Ferguson-bass/leader/contributing composer, Rob Henke-trumpet/contributing composer and Diane Moser-piano/contributing composer recorded July 2010, released June 2014, Planet Arts Records, CD release performance Oct 26, 2014 Why Not Experiment Series at Why Not Jazz Room (New York, NY).
- Diane Moser/Mark Dresser “Duetto” (CIMP, 2012)
- Recorded July 2008, Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair, NJ, and released June 2012.
- Features two compositions from The Birdsong Project, “If You’ll Call Me, Then I’ll Call You” and “Hello”.
- CD Release 98 Bottles/Dizzy’s (San Diego, CA) 7/22/12, Cornelia St Café, (New York, NY) 9/6/12 and The Central Presbyterian Church (Montclair, NJ) 9/8/12.
Speak To Me (2006)
-jazz hip hop for big band, vocals and turntables, lyrics by Teresa Reynolds, DJ-Chad Moser) Premiered 2006 at 12 Miles West Theatre “Freestyle-A Jazz/Spoken Word/Video Collaboration” (Bloomfield, NJ) June 2006 by Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band with support from Meet The Composer Creative Connections
Music for The Last Flower (2004)
-jazz quintet, jazz, blues, latin, experimental) Commissioned by Chamber Music America’s 2003-2004 “New Works: Creation and Presentation” with funding by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, premiered by the Diane Moser Quintet, Central Presbyterian Church (Montclair, NJ) 12/18/04 and Renee Weiler Concert Hall ( NYC,NY) 12/19/04
Awarded The American Music Center’s Composers Assistance Program-2005 for the creation of the score.
Recorded for Planet Arts Records Sept 6th, 2012, featuring Mark Dresser-bass, Gerry Hemingway- drums, Marty Ehrlich-alto sax/clarinet, Ben Williams-trombone, Diane Moser-piano. Released January 31, 2013. CD release performance, Cornelia St Café (NY, NY Feb 27, 2014). Awarded the New Music USA CAP Recording Grant, made possible by the Mary Flagler Charitable Trust.
New Music in Bryant Park Series in partnership with Chamber Music America (Bryant Park, NY,NY, July 25, 2014)
CD Release Performance “Music for The Last Flower” Cornelia St Café (NY,NY Feb 27, 2014)
Cornelia St Café (NY.NY) Sept 2012
The 7th Annual New Jazz Series “Off the Edge of the Page” (Austin,TX) June 2008
Modern American Composers Series- Burgdorff Cultural Center (Maplewood, NJ) Sept 2005
I Dream A World (2004)
-big band and vocalist, jazz trio and vocalist, jazz quintet and vocalist, medium tempo jazz ballad set to the Langston Hughes poem “I Dream A World”) Premiered Oct 2004 Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ performed by Diane Moser’s Composers Big band with guest soloist Judy Bady
Bear Dance (2004)
-big band, based on a theme by Bartok and a Ute Indian song, contemporary jazz) Premiered July 2004 Trumpets Jazz Club, (Montclair, NJ) performed by Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band with guest soloist Mary Redhouse
For My Father (2002)
-for Jazz piano and drums, experimental) Recorded 2002, remixed with soloist Mary Redhouse 2007,Diane Moser Trio “WDMO” Planet Arts Records Released July 2012, CD Release 98 Bottles/Dizzy’s (San Diego, CA) 7/21/12
It’s You (2002)
-for Jazz quartet and vocalist, up tempo latin jazz) Recorded 2002 Diane Moser Trio “WDMO” Planet Arts Records Released July 2012, CD Release 98 Bottles/Dizzy’s (San Diego, CA) 7/21/12
One For Mal (2002)
-for jazz trio, jazz quintet, up tempo experimental jazz) Premiered: “Common Thread/Women In Jazz Series” with bassist Mark Dresser, drummer-Andrew Cyrille (Montclair, NJ) Oct 2003. Recorded 2002 Diane Moser Trio “WDMO” Planet Arts Records Released July 2012, CD Release Performance; 98 Bottles/Dizzy’s (San Diego, CA) 7/21/12
Tim Fergusson Inside/Out Trio “Hold That Thought” recorded 2010 Planet Arts Records, released June 2014, CD Release Performance at Why Not Café for the Why Not Experiment Series, (NY, NY) Oct 26, 2014
The Journey Home (2001)
-for big band, elements of contemporary jazz and African music) Premiered Nov 2001 at Tierney Tavern, (Montclair, NJ) by Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band with guest soloist bassist Mark Dresser, a memoriam for the attacks on Sept 11th, 2001
A Day in the Life of a Jazz Mom (1999)
-jazz piano, bass, and vocalist, contemporary and experimental Jazz) Premiered April 1999 Composers Forum of Montclair, The Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (Montclair, NJ) with Mark Dresser-bass, Lisa Sokolov-voice, Diane Moser-piano
For My Mother (1998)
solo piano, jazz trio, quintet and big band, contemporary and experimental jazz) Premiered 1998 Mesa, Arizona, solo piano. Premiered by Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, Tierney’s Tavern, Jan 2000 Montclair, NJ, Recorded by The Diane Moser Quintet- “Looking Forward, Looking Back” April 2001, released October 2002 on Twin Rivers Records, CD release performance Burgdorff Cultural Center (Maplewood,NJ) Oct 2002, , recorded 2007 Diane Moser, solo piano, on Diane Moser Trio “WDMO” Planet Arts Records, released July 2012, Recorded 2008 for CIMP Records, “Duetto” with Diane Moser-piano, Mark Dresser, bass, released June 2012, CD Release Performances; CD Release performances; 98 Bottles/Dizzy’s (San Diego, CA) 7/21 & 22/12, Cornelia St Café, (NY,NY) 9/6/12 and The Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (Montclair, NJ), 9/8/12.
for piano and bass, up tempo contemporary jazz) Premiered 1988 Unitarian Church, (Brooklyn, NY) by Diane Moser, piano, Mark Dresser, bass
Myrtle Avenue AM Shuffle (1985)
various jazz ensembles, contemporary jazz, blues) Premiered 1985 “Women In Jazz Festival” Diane Moser Trio, Des Moines, Iowa, Recorded by The Diane Moser Quintet- “Looking Forward, Looking Back” released October 2002 on Twin Rivers Records, CD Release performance Burgdorff Cultural Center (Maplewood, NJ) Oct 2002
It Is (1985)
various Jazz ensembles, up tempo be bop blues) Premiered 1985 “Women In Jazz Festival” Diane Moser Trio, (Des Moines, Iowa)
various jazz ensembles, up tempo latin/jazz) Premiered 1988 Unitarian Church, (Brooklyn, NY) Diane Moser-piano, Mark Dresser-bass
(various jazz ensembles, latin/jazz) Premiered 1979 San Diego California by the Improvisational Quartet, arranged for solo piano, jazz trio, jazz quartet, jazz quintet, recorded 2007 Diane Moser Trio “WDMO” Planet Arts Records, released July 2012, CD Release performance; 98 Bottles/Dizzy’s (San Diego, CA) 7/21/12
Where Are You Now (1977)
solo piano and various jazz ensembles, jazz ballad) Premiered 1977 (Iowa City, IA) by Satori (jazz quintet)
Flipped Kitty in the City (1976)
arranged for jazz trio, quartet, quintet, septet and big band), Free Form Funk/Experimental Jazz) Premiered 1976 The Sanctuary, (Iowa City, IA) by Satori (jazz quintet)
“Yellow Stars of Tolerance” (Jemglo-2014)
A commission from the award-winning documentary film organization Jemglo, which focuses on subjects broadly related to global Jewish culture or associated with environmental topics. “Yellow Stars of Tolerance”, is a new documentary chronicling the journey of New Yorker, Marie Lippman, as she works to see the restoration of a historic synagogue, besmirched with yellow stars painted by Nazi sympathizers during World War II, and how the last semblances of Jewish life have vanished, in her hometown of Elbeuf, France. Expected release: 2015
“Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket” (Ashcan Films 2009)
composed and recorded music (Diane Moser Quintet) for this documentary film, winner of Directors Choice Award Black Mariah Film Festival Feb 5 2010, Best Documentary NYC Downtown Short Film Festival April 2010, Best Short Film Tulsa United Film Festival, Best Emerging Film Director Berkshire International Film Festival, Outstanding Achievement Award Williamsburg Film Festival, CINE Golden Eagle Award for film maker Dennis Connors, winner of 2011 Golden Palm Award for Best Educational Film: Mexico International Film Festival, finalist New Jersey International Film Festival, official selection of: Los Angeles United Film Festival, Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, Spirit Quest Film Festival, Twin Rivers Film Festival, San Francisco United Film Festival, NYC PictureStart Film Festival, NewDoc Filmmakers NYC, Docufest Atlanta, Chicago United Film Festival, New York United Film Festival, International Festival of Films on Art (Montreal, Canada),Victoria International Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival (New Jersey) and the Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
“Augustus Saint-Gaudens” (Voices and Visions Productions, LTD 2012)
acted as Music Supervisor and performer for this short documentary film on the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gauden, which is now permanently installed for continuous viewing at the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH.
Musical Theater Scores
The Adventures of Jazz Mom (2003)
A theater piece of original jazz music and storytelling
Performed May 11th, 2003 at Luna Stage, (Montclair, NJ) with: vocalist Lisa Sokolov, bassist Andy Eulau, turntablist, Chad Moser includes compositions “A Day In The Life of a Jazz Mom”, “For My Mother”, “What Was She Thinking”, “Rhythms”
What Was She Thinking (2002)
(for jazz trio;piano, bass and drums, spoken word, experimental jazz) Premiered 2002 for “Future Feminine-New Women for the 21st Century” A concert of literary/musical works in collaboration with “Tunnel Vision Writer’s Project” presented March 2002, The Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (Montclair, NJ) with support from Meet The Composer Creative Connections. Recorded with new text (by Diane Moser) and re-titled “One Love” 2007,Diane Moser Trio, remix by Chad Moser for “WDMO” Planet Arts Records, released July 2012, CD Release performance; 98 Bottles/Dizzy’s (San Diego, CA) 7/21/12
2012;A Masque for the Millenium (1999)
(6 soloists/principals, jazz, blues, pop, folk, rock, experimental) A one-act masque/musical based on the Mayan Folk Tale of the Hero Twins and the predictions of Dec 21, 2012. Premiered for the “Women’s Work Series” Luna Stage (an Equity Theater) (Montclair, NJ) March 1999, Music by Diane Moser, Libretto by Lora Cooper
The Trial of Jazz (1995)
(jazz trio;piano, bass, drums with trumpet and tenor saxophone)
An experimental music/theater/improvisation piece in collaboration with co-creator/composer/pianist Stu Calhoun Produced by Iowa Public Television, premiered and broadcast April 1995, (Des Moines, IA)
A Spirits Warrior Dream (1987)
(co-composer- 1987, mixed choir, jazz/rock ensemble) A musical created and performed with students as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Rhode Island, (Kingston, RI). Premiered Feb. 1987
The Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair (Montclair, NJ)
Composer In Residence (1997-2001)
Composed and performed three extended jazz cantatas, and one anthem, for Minister of Music, Dr. Gaylord French and mixed choir.
Jesus Said (anthem) (2001)
Pentecost Cantata (1999)
-(jazz quartet, mixed choir, narration)
Good News-A Jazz Cantata and Theater Piece (1997)
-(jazz octet, mixed choir and actors)
The Last Temptations of Jesus (1997)
-(jazz quintet, mixed choir, narration)
Other Sacred Music
Say Your Peace (1985)
For childrens choir, pop/rock Premiered 1985 Unitarian Church, Brooklyn, NY