Eric Moe
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Eric Moe’s music has been variously described as “maximal minimalism”, “Rachmaninoff in hell”, and “music of winning exuberance”. Although the surfaces and genres are varied, his works share a concern for rhythmic propulsion and a disregard for stylistic orthodoxies. Sometimes tonal, sometimes not, harmony (generally crunchy) and melody (often angular) play privileged roles in his work.

Active as a pianist and keyboard player, Moe writes music he enjoys playing, and otherwise plays music he wishes he’d written. Mr. Moe is represented by Howard Stokar Management.

Eric Moe (b. 1954), composer of what the NY Times has called “music of winning exuberance,” has received numerous grants and awards for his work, including the Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship; commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, Meet-the-Composer USA, and New Music USA; fellowships from the Wellesley Composer’s Conference and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Bellagio, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the UCross Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, the Aaron Copland House, the Millay Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Montana Artists Refuge, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, the Hambidge Center, and the American Dance Festival, among others.

Tri-Stan, his sit-trag/one-woman opera on a text by David Foster Wallace, premiered by Sequitur in 2005, was hailed by the New York Times as “a blockbuster” and “a tour de force,” a work of “inspired weight” that “subversively inscribe[s] classical music into pop culture.” In its review of the piece, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concluded, “it is one of those rare works that transcends the cultural divide while still being rooted in both sides.” The work is available on a Koch International Classics compact disc. Strange Exclaiming Music, a CD featuring Moe’s recent chamber music, was released by Naxos in July 2009 as part of their American Classics series; Fanfare magazine described it as “wonderfully inventive, often joyful, occasionally melancholy, highly rhythmic, frequently irreverent, absolutely eclectic, and always high-octane music.” Kick & Ride, on the bmop/sound label, was picked by WQXR for album of the week: “…it’s completely easy to succumb to the beats and rhythms that come out of Moe’s fantastical imaginarium, a headspace that ties together the free-flowing atonality of Alban Berg with the guttural rumblings of Samuel Barber’s Medea, adding in a healthy dose of superhuman strength.” Other all-Moe CDs are available on New World Records (Meanwhile Back At The Ranch), Albany Records (Kicking and Screaming, Up & At ‘Em, Siren Songs), and Centaur (On the Tip of My Tongue). The Sienese Shredder, a fine arts journal, includes an all-Moe CD as part of its third issue.

As a pianist and keyboardist, Moe has premiered and performed works by a wide variety of composers. His playing can be heard on the Koch, CRI, Mode, Albany, New World Records and Innova labels in the music of John Cage, Roger Zahab, Marc-Antonio Consoli, Mathew Rosenblum, Jay Reise, Ezra Sims, David Keberle, Felix Draeseke, and many others in addition to his own. His solo recording The Waltz Project Revisited – New Waltzes for Piano, a CD of waltzes for piano by two generations of American composers, was released in 2004 on Albany. Gramophone magazine said of the CD, “Moe’s command of the varied styles is nothing short of remarkable.” A founding member of the San Francisco-based EARPLAY ensemble, he currently co-directs the Music on the Edge new music concert series in Pittsburgh.

Moe studied composition at Princeton University (A.B.) and at the University of California at Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D.). He is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh and has held visiting professorships at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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WE CROSSED THE RIVER

link here for the crowdcast video from the May 12, 2021 preview performance at City of Asylum

text by Angie Cruz, music by Eric Moe, video projections by Aaron Henderson, stage direction by Cynthia Croot

Anna Elder, soprano; Laura Mercado-Wright, mezzo; Roger Zahab, conductor. With Jennifer Sternick, violin, Brian Gilling, piano, and Amy Stubbs, percussion

David Del Tredici's MONSTERS

click here for the YouTube video
Deuxième performance!

I. Matrimony – Eric Moe, piano
II. Scylla and Charybdis – Rob Frankenberry, voice and piano

Virtual concert broadcast May 20, 2021, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pittsburgh

African Pianism: A Tribute to J.H. Kwabena Nketia and Akin Euba


click here for the YouTube video
Eric Moe, piano

Dagarti Work Song – J. H. Kwabena Nketia (1921-2019)
Builsa Work Song
Libation
Dagomba
Volta Fantasy
Themes From Chaka 2 – Akin Euba (1935-2020)
Study In African Jazz 3
Themes From Chaka

Virtual concert broadcast February 11, 2021, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pittsburgh

The color of there seen from here

The Color Of There Seen From Here is a twenty-five minute multimedia artwork, a collaboration between visual artist Barbara Weissberger and composer Eric Moe commissioned by Electric Earth Concets.

Presented by Electric Earth Concerts, July 11, 2019, The Monadnock Center, New Hampshire Presented by Ciompi Quartet, Tuesday July 9, 2019, Duke University

NEW CD!

Visit the New Focus Recordings page to hear clips and purchase CD

Contact

Howard Stokar Management
[email protected]
(212) 470-1900

Press downloads:
Bio

Press images (photos by Mara Rago)
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Scores and performance materials:
Subito Music
[email protected]
(973) 857-3440

All other inquiries:
Eric Moe
504 N. Neville #11, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
[email protected]
(412) 979-7411

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Eric Moe
About

Eric Moe’s music has been variously described as “maximal minimalism”, “Rachmaninoff in hell”, and “music of winning exuberance”. Although the surfaces and genres are varied, his works share a concern for rhythmic propulsion and a disregard for stylistic orthodoxies. Sometimes tonal, sometimes not, harmony (generally crunchy) and melody (often angular) play privileged roles in his work.

Active as a pianist and keyboard player, Moe writes music he enjoys playing, and otherwise plays music he wishes he’d written. Mr. Moe is represented by Howard Stokar Management.

Eric Moe (b. 1954), composer of what the NY Times has called “music of winning exuberance,” has received numerous grants and awards for his work, including the Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship; commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, Meet-the-Composer USA, and New Music USA; fellowships from the Wellesley Composer’s Conference and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Bellagio, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the UCross Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, the Aaron Copland House, the Millay Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Montana Artists Refuge, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, the Hambidge Center, and the American Dance Festival, among others.

Tri-Stan, his sit-trag/one-woman opera on a text by David Foster Wallace, premiered by Sequitur in 2005, was hailed by the New York Times as “a blockbuster” and “a tour de force,” a work of “inspired weight” that “subversively inscribe[s] classical music into pop culture.” In its review of the piece, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concluded, “it is one of those rare works that transcends the cultural divide while still being rooted in both sides.” The work is available on a Koch International Classics compact disc. Strange Exclaiming Music, a CD featuring Moe’s recent chamber music, was released by Naxos in July 2009 as part of their American Classics series; Fanfare magazine described it as “wonderfully inventive, often joyful, occasionally melancholy, highly rhythmic, frequently irreverent, absolutely eclectic, and always high-octane music.” Kick & Ride, on the bmop/sound label, was picked by WQXR for album of the week: “…it’s completely easy to succumb to the beats and rhythms that come out of Moe’s fantastical imaginarium, a headspace that ties together the free-flowing atonality of Alban Berg with the guttural rumblings of Samuel Barber’s Medea, adding in a healthy dose of superhuman strength.” Other all-Moe CDs are available on New World Records (Meanwhile Back At The Ranch), Albany Records (Kicking and Screaming, Up & At ‘Em, Siren Songs), and Centaur (On the Tip of My Tongue). The Sienese Shredder, a fine arts journal, includes an all-Moe CD as part of its third issue.

As a pianist and keyboardist, Moe has premiered and performed works by a wide variety of composers. His playing can be heard on the Koch, CRI, Mode, Albany, New World Records and Innova labels in the music of John Cage, Roger Zahab, Marc-Antonio Consoli, Mathew Rosenblum, Jay Reise, Ezra Sims, David Keberle, Felix Draeseke, and many others in addition to his own. His solo recording The Waltz Project Revisited – New Waltzes for Piano, a CD of waltzes for piano by two generations of American composers, was released in 2004 on Albany. Gramophone magazine said of the CD, “Moe’s command of the varied styles is nothing short of remarkable.” A founding member of the San Francisco-based EARPLAY ensemble, he currently co-directs the Music on the Edge new music concert series in Pittsburgh.

Moe studied composition at Princeton University (A.B.) and at the University of California at Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D.). He is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh and has held visiting professorships at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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WE CROSSED THE RIVER

link here for the crowdcast video from the May 12, 2021 preview performance at City of Asylum

text by Angie Cruz, music by Eric Moe, video projections by Aaron Henderson, stage direction by Cynthia Croot

Anna Elder, soprano; Laura Mercado-Wright, mezzo; Roger Zahab, conductor. With Jennifer Sternick, violin, Brian Gilling, piano, and Amy Stubbs, percussion

David Del Tredici's MONSTERS

click here for the YouTube video
Deuxième performance!

I. Matrimony – Eric Moe, piano
II. Scylla and Charybdis – Rob Frankenberry, voice and piano

Virtual concert broadcast May 20, 2021, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pittsburgh

African Pianism: A Tribute to J.H. Kwabena Nketia and Akin Euba


click here for the YouTube video
Eric Moe, piano

Dagarti Work Song – J. H. Kwabena Nketia (1921-2019)
Builsa Work Song
Libation
Dagomba
Volta Fantasy
Themes From Chaka 2 – Akin Euba (1935-2020)
Study In African Jazz 3
Themes From Chaka

Virtual concert broadcast February 11, 2021, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pittsburgh

The color of there seen from here

The Color Of There Seen From Here is a twenty-five minute multimedia artwork, a collaboration between visual artist Barbara Weissberger and composer Eric Moe commissioned by Electric Earth Concets.

Presented by Electric Earth Concerts, July 11, 2019, The Monadnock Center, New Hampshire Presented by Ciompi Quartet, Tuesday July 9, 2019, Duke University

NEW CD!

Visit the New Focus Recordings page to hear clips and purchase CD

Contact

Howard Stokar Management
[email protected]
(212) 470-1900

Press downloads:
Bio

Press images (photos by Mara Rago)
Click to download:

Scores and performance materials:
Subito Music
[email protected]
(973) 857-3440

All other inquiries:
Eric Moe
504 N. Neville #11, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
[email protected]
(412) 979-7411

Subscribe for updates:

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