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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Moss Project: Short Stories @ Lit & Phil. October 29

Moss Freed (guitar), Alice Zawadzki (violin & vocals), Ruth Goller (electric bass), Marek Dorcik (drums) & James Miller (readings)
The Literary and Philosophical Society seemed the perfect place to stage the event. An event combining literature and music couldn't fail to draw a large audience. It didn't quite work out like that. Did the project deter the non-jazz loving literary type? Was the jazzer dissuaded by the promise of ‘readings’? Perhaps the occasion didn't quite connect with either persuasion; not enough jazz, not enough literature. 
Guitarist Moss Freed took as his inspiration the work of six writers to produce compositions for his quartet. One of the writers - James Miller – joined the musicians in the library’s Loftus Room to read passages from each of the writers including his own work. Freed’s guitar and Alice Zawadzki’s violin and voice worked in unison as Ruth Goller’s subtle bass lines peppered percussionist Marek Dorcik’s featherweight brush work. Chamber jazz, folk melodies and Zawadzki’s resonant violin responded to Miller’s measured readings. A CD – What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? -  is to be released in early 2013 on the Babel label. For the record the featured writers are Naomi Alderman, Hanan al Shaykh, Joe Dunthorne, Colum McCann, James MillerLawrence and James Miller.
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