Jessica Moss


  • Jessica Moss - violin/effects

Friday June 24th 5:00 pm @ National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

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Jessica Moss has been flourishing as a solo artist since the release of her acclaimed debut album Pools Of Light in spring 2017. The violinist, composer and singer best known for her fifteen-year tenure in political post-punk band Thee Silver Mt. Zion has been captivating audiences with gritty, warmly expressive electronic- and drone-inflected post-classical Minimalism (and sometimes Maximalism), accented by a distinctive melodic sensibility that channels Klezmer, Balkan and Middle Eastern tropes. A deeply talented collaborator, Moss is also a founding member of avant-klezmer group Black Ox Orkestar and has worked extensively with Vic Chesnutt, Carla Bozulich, and Big|Brave.

Moss' solo work began in 2014 with a virtual collaboration alongside Kevin Doria (Total Life, Growing), resulting in longform pieces that tell exigent stories of troubled times. Her first solo recording was the self-released cassette Under Plastic Island (2015), recorded by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, which was followed by the acclaimed LP Pools Of Light in 2017. Moss' latest album Entanglement was released in 2018 and finds her channeling quantum theory as a metaphor for creating energetic connections through esoteric processes.

Over the past few years Moss has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, including festival appearances at Big Ears, Le Guess Who?, ATP, Basilica Hudson's 24-Hour Drone Fest, and a mix of headlining and support dates with GAS, Xylouris White, ZU, Julia Holter and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, among many others. Recent highlights from Moss' collaborative oeuvre include recordings with Sarah Davachi, Roy Montgomery, Oiseaux-Tempête & G. W. Sok, and Daniel O'Sullivan. In addition to her musical work, Moss is a talented visual artist and she creates all of the videos that accompany her solo recordings.

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