ANN MOSS soprano

Acclaimed Recording Artist & Chamber Musician. Collaborator, Muse, Champion of Living Composers.

LOVE LIFE ALBUM COMING 9/9/16

 AUTUMN WINDS ALBUM

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a premiere recording of chamber music and song cycles by Kirk O'Riordan featuring pianist Holly Roadfeldt, violist Peter Dutilly & soprano Ann Moss

Help fund AUTUMN WINDS
CAMPAIGN GOAL: $3000
TOTAL RAISED (updated 9/3/19): $1675

Donations are being processed through my New Music organization CMASH’s Fiscal Sponsorship with Fractured Atlas*. This button will take you to CMASH’s donation portal. If you encounter any issues please feel free to reach out directly to me: annmoss@gmail.com

 

OVERVIEW

In July 2018, composer Kirk O'Riordan joined pianist Holly Roadfeldt, violist Peter Dutilly and soprano Ann Moss for a 9-day residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where they work-shopped and rehearsed a full album’s worth of newly-composed repertoire by O'Riordan.

The group then traveled to Easton, PA for recording sessions with five-time GRAMMY® winning Producer/Engineer Andreas Meyer to track their forthcoming album AUTUMN WINDS. The album will be released in Feb, 2020 on PARMA recording label. 

This recording project is being entirely self-funded by us, the artists, through a combination of university grants, crowdfunding, and individual donations. We still need help raising our post-production budget which will pay for the processes of editing, mixing and mastering. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation via my fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas.*

ALBUM REPERTOIRE:

Four Beautiful Songs (2017)
song cycle for soprano, viola and piano with poetry by Lee Upton

Prayer Stones (2017)
for viola and piano

Beautiful Nightmares (2018)
for solo piano

Autumn Winds (2012)
song cycle for soprano and piano with poetry by Matsuo Basho

Engineered by five-time GRAMMY® winner Andreas Meyer
Projected Release: Fall 2019 on PARMA Recording Label

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To work with musicians of this caliber, who have given so much of their lives, their work, their souls to make this music sing and be beautiful… it’s really a thrill for me to learn from them. I don’t play any of their instruments - piano, viola, voice - and so I need them to help me make the music work for them - to make their experiences comfortable, make them feel good about what they’re dong and feel confident about how great they sound. Their guidance has made me grow so much as a composer.
— Kirk O'Riordan, composer
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The chance to take a newly created work of musical art and commit it to such a permanent, everlasting form - that is something that I really love about recording, and especially recording new music by composers who may not be world famous (but who certainly deserve to be). We are taking something that is ephemeral and fresh and alive and translating it into a format that’s sharable in so many ways and with so many people. It’s like finding a precious jewel and then being able to give one of them to everybody you know!
— Ann Moss, soprano
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I’ve been really excited that I have been able to work with so many living composers. But imagine being married to one and being able to work with that composer, having him hear you practice and being able to learn his music for almost 20 years. And then to be able to share his music with such fabulous collaborators like Peter and Ann, and knowing that you would really like to work with them for 20 more years! That is the really wonderful thing about new music. That is the wonderful thing about music-making!
— Holly Roadfeldt, pianist

*CMASH is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of CMASH must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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Holly Roadfeldt
Since making her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, Holly Roadfeldt has continued to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Described as “a vivid pianist” (Rosenberg, Gramophone), Holly’s mission is to inspire and advocate for piano music of the highest caliber and she regularly mixes newly composed music with established masterpieces. With her recent three-year endeavor “The Preludes Project”, she commissioned 16 composers to write preludes to be performed alongside works from the standard repertoire. Holly premiered 65 preludes in 17 states as a guest artist at multiple universities and music festivals. Currently, Holly has premiered over 150 works for solo piano. The Preludes Project CD is Holly’s debut solo album, produced and recorded by multi-GRAMMY® award winner, Andreas Meyer, and was released by PARMA Recordings in November 2016. The double CD includes Chopin’s Op. 28 Preludes and Kirk O’Riordan’s Twenty-Six Preludes for Solo Piano (2014). Holly’s performance on this CD has been lauded as “utterly convincing [with]…every note of her Chopin sound [ing] fresh and alive and her varied touch perfectly match [ing] the mood of each piece — and all are conjured up with a breathtaking sense of elation.” (Raul da Gama, World Music Report). Núria Serra of Sonograma Magazine says the double album deserves “all our highest praise” for Holly’s “expression, agility and perfect articulation.”

 
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Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music whose voice has been singled out for “beautifully pure floated high notes” (Opera News), “powerful expression” and “luminous tone” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Cleveland Classical recently praised her ARSIS Audio recording of David Conte's Requiem Songs, writing “Moss’s long, fluid lines are exquisite in Exaudi. She easily negotiates the musical leaps and mood changes in Dies Irae, and gives a sense of hope to In Paradisum.” Her albums Love Life (Angels Share Records 2016) and Currents (ASR 2013), produced and recorded by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, feature premiere recordings of works by composers including Vartan Aghababian, Jake Heggie, John Thow and Liam Wade. She can also be heard on PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Navona and Jaded Ibis Productions labels. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has has been personally responsible for the creation of over one hundred works for solo voice. A native of Boston, she has lectured on composition and interpretation of contemporary song at institutions including MIT, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Longy School of Music of Bard College, University of California Davis, University of Houston Morse School of Music, San Diego State University, Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

 
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Peter Dutilly holds a Master of Music in Viola Performance from The Florida State University, where he studied viola with Dr. Pamela Ryan and orchestral excerpts with Professor Eliot Chapo. Previously, Peter earned two Bachelor of Music Degrees from Jacksonville (FL) University, where he studied voila with Dr. Marguerite Richardson and composition with Dr. Jianjun He. At JU, Peter was awarded departmental honors for orchestral and solo performance, was a two-time recipient of the Delius Award for Composition, was principal viola of the University Orchestra, and was violist in the full-scholarship Honors String Quartet. At FSU, Peter was in the principal rotation of the University Symphony Orchestra, violist in the full-assistantship Eppes String Quartet, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society. Active primarily as an orchestral violist, Peter joined the nucleus viola section of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. He has recently performed with the Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Augusta, Ocala, Northwest Florida, and Pensacola symphony orchestras, as well as the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. As a composer, Peter’s works have been performed by the JU Orchestra and Chorus, JU faculty, FSU students and faculty, the clarinet duo Pitches in Stilettos, the Warwick (RI) Symphony Orchestra, Westwood Highschool orchestra, chorus, and theater department in Columbia, SC, and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. Also active in music education, Peter has a small studio of private students, teaches at the summer camp and conducts the Symphonette of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, teaches at Prelude Chamber Music Camp, and coordinates the chamber music program for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.

 
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Kirk O'Riordan’s music has been referred to as “unapologetically beautiful” and is often praised for its uniquely “visual” qualities that depict a wide range of striking moods. His debut compact disk, Strange Flowers, was released by Ravello Records in November, 2013 and was praised by Audiophile Audition as “one of the most impressive and beautiful collections of chamber music I have heard in awhile….This is all just so lovely and invokes exactly the emotions that good music should be able to induce in all of us.“ Gramophone Magazine praised O’Riordan as “a composer for whom imagery is a defining inspiration.…[he] is a deeply sensitive composer who savours going gently into the night.” (April 2014). His recording of his Twenty-Six Preludes for Solo Piano—by pianist Holly Roadfeldt—has attracted similar praise: they “are similarly atmospheric and proceed to unfold like a magical tapestry. Each of the 26 Preludes seemingly comprising of warp and weft forming a myriad of pixels of little pictures that ultimately combines to form a moveable feast for both eye and inner ear. O’Riordan’s miniatures are informed by languorous beauty and profundity, the lyrical variations of each often feature elaborate embellishments, as well as sudden dissonant figurations that seem to mimic the gravity-defying leaps of the gazelle…” (World Music Report, April 2017)


O’Riordan (b. 1968) is an active composer, conductor, saxophonist, and teacher. His music has been performed in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, and Russia; and in thirty of the fifty United States. Performances of his works have been featured at the Ravenna Festival (Italy), the Indiana State University, University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Western Illinois New Music Festivals, the 2008 Eugene Rousseau Birthday Celebration, national and regional conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc. and the College Music Society; and in concert by such performers as the Eaken Piano Trio, Tresillo, The Moran Woodwind Quintet, Orchestra Bruno Maderna (Italy), the Arizona State University Chamber Winds and Symphony Orchestra, the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Cleveland State University Orchestra, the University of Colorado Chamber Wind Ensemble, the University of Delaware University Singers, the Williamsport Chamber Chorus and Orchestra, the Susquehanna University Orchestra and Chamber Singers, The Lafayette College Concert Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble, the SKIN Ensemble, Frederick Hemke, Timothy McAllister, Lawrence Stomberg, Marianne Gythfeldt, Kenneth Tse, Jeffrey Lyman, Emily Bullock, Steven Stusek, Andrew Rammon, Reuben Councill, John Perrine, and Holly Roadfeldt.


In 2009 Dr. O'Riordan joined the faculty of Lafayette College where he serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, teaching courses in music theory, and composition. In addition, he teaches in the First-year Seminar program and conducts the Lafayette College Concert Band and Contemporary Music Ensemble. Previously, he served on the faculties of Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, Lock Haven University, Colorado Christian University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Paradise Valley Community College. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University (the first recipient of that degree from ASU); the Certificate of Performance in Saxophone from Northwestern University; and three Master of Music degrees (composition, saxophone performance, and conducting). Kirk has studied composition with Rodney Rogers, Randall Shinn, James De Mars, Glenn Hackbarth, Jay Alan Yim, Burton Beerman, Marilyn Shrude, and Donald M. Wilson. He has studied saxophone with Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, Eugene Rousseau, and Iwan Roth.

YOUR GIFT’S IMPACT

CMASH artists work in a creative model based on mutual exchange of resources and energy to reach a shared artistic goal. We craft our concert production budgets with a “break-even” approach, understanding that the true value of our work together is the resulting artistic product, it’s impact on our audience, and the growth that artists experience through our creative process. Each CMASH artist is equally committed to our vision of creating new works in close collaboration and developing new works through multiple presentations. Because we cultivate a network of performers around the country who are dedicated to the narrative of this process, our art flourishes in a broad range of musical communities. Whenever possible, CMASH aims to provide travel and housing for remote collaborators, so that artistic teams can experience the culmination of their creative endeavors together. Additionally, CMASH embraces business and creative models in which artists’ health and well-being are valued as highly as professional development, material productivity, and financial gain. With this approach, we are able to keep our production costs to a minimum.

Your gift to this fundraising campaign helps us ensure that no CMASH artist incurs a personal financial loss through their participation in this collaborative model. Your generosity and support makes our art possible!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  (L-R: Peter Dutilly, Kirk O’Riordan, Holly Roadfeldt, Ann Moss, Andreas Meyer)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
(L-R: Peter Dutilly, Kirk O’Riordan, Holly Roadfeldt, Ann Moss, Andreas Meyer)

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