Grants Projects Residencies

Science Meets Music

Celebrated jazz pianist and award-winning composer Diane Moser visits the Meadowlands Environment Center in April and May to premiere new works and conduct workshops that bring together music, math, astronomy and nature for a truly special experience!


Wednesday, April 10, 8-9:00 pm — All ages
Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band performs “Music of the Spheres”
This 17-piece big band will perform an evening of music inspired by the environment and celestial bodies. The concert features the world premiere of “Music of the Spheres”, a four-movement suite by Moser along with music by composers Matt Haviland, Rob Middleton and Jeff Raheb. Also on this program, a very special performance of “Jazz in the Space Age” by the American Jazz pianist, composer and theorist, George Russell, featuring saxophonist and band member of the George Russell Orchestra, Bob Hanlon. All are invited to a pre-show program at 7:30 p.m. at which Moser will discuss her work. After the concert come view the night sky through our research-grade telescope at the William D. McDowell Observatory.
$15/person; $10/seniors; $8/MEC members

Saturday, April 20, 1-3 pm for families and Sunday, April 21, 1-3 pm for ages 9-18
Pythagoras, Kepler, Math and Music
Bring your instruments and voices – Diane Moser will conduct a workshop in which participants convert measurements to musical intervals and create and upload sounds on the computer using the Sound Cloud. The group will arrange the recorded sounds into an original composition. $5/person; $4/MEC members

Saturday, May 11, 8-9 pm — All ages
The Birdsong Project Trio
Featuring Diane Moser, bassist Ken Filiano and flutist Anton Denner.
In the summer of 2008, Diane Moser spent five weeks at the MacDowell Colony for artists in New Hampshire, listening to and improvising with birds to create compositions based on Robins, Sparrows, Chickadees and the natural soundscape. Also featured is a reworking of “A Hermit Thrush at Eve” by composer Amy Beach. The concert will be preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a talk on Deep Listening and Soundscape Ecology.
$15/person; $10/seniors; $8/MEC members

Saturday, May 18, 1-3 pm for ages 9-18 and Sunday, May 19, 1-3 pm for families
“Soundscapes and Birdsong”
Bring your instruments, voices and recording devices – Diane Moser will conduct a workshop in which groups walk DeKorte Park and use devices to record the sounds of nature to upload to the Sound Cloud. The group will then create an original composition.
$5/person; $4/MEC members

Meadowlands Environment Center
Two DeKorte Park Plaza
Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071

Phone: 201-460-8300