Innovative percussionist and vocalist David Moss
has been based out of Berlin since 1991. Improviser and provocateur, Moss
' music ranges from extreme to experimental to 20th century, and includes compositions, sound collages, and tough jazz rock hybrids -- as in his Dense Band. Commissioned by New American Radio for the second time in the mid-80s, he created an 'operadio, ' Language Linkage, based on and around the texts of Italo Calvino. He has performed solo worldwide -- including NYC, Koln and Tokyo -- in prestigious places that like the Whitney Museum. Moss
has also led the group Direct Sound, and served as Musical Director for the Leipzig Opera (for "Survival Songs"). Among his honors: a 1991 Guggenheim Fellowship and a DAAD Kunstlerprogram stipend for a one-year residency in Berlin; the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik in 1992 and 1994; the Horspeil des Monats from the Deutsche Akademie des Darstellenden Kunste in 1995 for "Moss Tales." There's a clear record of experimental achievement and an openness to variety found in Moss
' past that includes his solo performances; his work with music makers Heiner Goebbels
, Fred Frith
, and Jon Rose
; and his collaborations with dancers Steve Paxton, Kei Takei, and Kenneth King.