2018/19 were special years for David Moss: he was the winner of the 2018 Deutsche Musikautorenpreis: Experiment Stimme; he reprised the role of Mr. Eddy (written for him) in the German premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s opera, Lost Highway; he sang in Seattle, Taiwan and Bogota, Basel and Zagreb with Heiner Goebbels’ orchestra work. Surrogate Cities; performed the music of Frank Zappa at the Venice Biennale; and made his premiere at the ElbPhilharmonie singing Xenakis’ AIS with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin under Peter Rundel.
Drumming and singing has shaped his musical life.
As his percussionist life mutated creatively into a singer’s life, he explored the power of the voice through songs, sounds, languages.
J.S. Bach, John Cage, John Coltrane, Charles Ives, Tibetan monks, Harry Partch, Cab Calloway
with performers of every genre, around the globe — at Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, Walker Art Center, Salzburg Festival....
He received the recognition of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin grant, a fellowship at the Interweaving Performance Cultures Center (Free University, Berlin).
Today he creates complex projects uniting the strands of his life as percussionist, vocalist, performer, composer, theater-maker, curator, and teacher.
As director of the Institute for Living Voice (Berlin) he can embody voice and presence in a dramatic way—enabling people and ideas to commingle, and offering hints of the structures and joys that lie ahead.
And he is, perhaps, the only vocalist who has sung the music of Luciano Berio, Carla Bley, Uri Caine, Heiner Goebbels, Richard Strauss, George Gershwin, Johan Strauss, Olga Neuwirth, Bach, and John Coltrane.
Moss lives in Berlin, Germany.
Photo credit: Eric Black