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Moss Project : Short Stories  -  Mon Oct 29, 2012  |  08:30 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
0191 232 0192
MUSIC meets words! There have been plenty of examples over the years of jazz artists writing music inspired by novels and plays, but guitarist Moss Freed has turned this on its head by composing a suite of tunes, and then asking award-winning authors to write stories to go with the music. The prestigious list of contributors include Orange Prize winner Naomi Alderman, Lebanese novelist Hanan-al-Shaykh, and the internationally acclaimed British author Lawrence Norfolk. For this Lit & Phil gig another of the authors, James Miller (named as Time Out's 'Rising Star') will join the band to read some of the pieces.

But this is just the icing on what is a very rich musical cake. Originally from Manchester, Moss Freed formed the first version of the Moss Project while studying at the renowned Berklee College of Music. The intention was to provide a platform for his new ideas, in which a diverse range of influences serve as the basis for a progessive jazz approach that shifts between heavy riffs and classically-tinged arrangements via folk-infused melodies, and which has been described as being “as much The Bad Plus as Stravinsky, in equal measures Metheny, Massive Attack, Bach and Radiohead”. The current version of the band features three young musicians who share the leader’s enthusiasm for applying different approaches: bassist Ruth Goller is best known for her work with Acoustic Ladyland, violinist (and sometimes vocalist) Alice Zawadski has moved seamlessly from the classical to the jazz world, and drummer Marek Dorcik played in a variety of rock and classical groups in his native Slovakia before becoming a leading figure on the Manchester jazz scene.

This gig is a co-promotion with ‘Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society