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PH.D. Counseling Psychology (1991)     

Reeds–tenor and soprano saxophones, Bb and bass clarinets, flute, karnatic flutes, bamboo flutes, penny whistle, zurna, Thai khean; piano

4th Stream Records (1976)-founder

ERG Publishing (1976)-founder

CEO: Fourth Stream Records (1976-present), CEO: ERG Publishing (1976-present), Publicity Chair:  Westbeth Artists Residents Council (2011-2014), Director, Board of Directors, Madison Music Collective, Madison, Wis.  (1987-1991), Artistic Director, Loft in the Sky Summer Jazz Festival at Art Awareness, Lexington, NY (1982-1986), Director, Board of Directors, Art Awareness, Lexington, NY (1981-1986), President:  Free Life Communication, Inc., New York, NY (1972-1975), Secretary/Vice President:  Free Life Communication, Inc., New York, NY (1970-1972)

Webpage:  www.m2-Theory.com


            Michael Moss:

            Accidental Orchestra:

            New York Free Quartet:


            In Between Gigs . . . CAN YOU DIG?!? w/ New York Free Quartet w. Steve Cohn, Larry Roland, Chuck Fertal (ERG 10004, 2019)

            HELIX w/ Accidental Orchestra (ERG 10013, 2018)

            DREAM TIME w/ New York Free Quartet (ERG 100019, 2018)

            FREE PLAY w/ New York Free Quartet (ERG, 2015)

            INTERVALS w/ Billy Stein (ERG 2013, 2013)

            DEATH AND TRANSMIGRATION OF SOULS / BLACK HOLE, w/PRO VISO w. Ralph   Denzer, Louisa Bieler, Dan Scholnick (ERG 0220, 2008)

            QABALLA/ENTANGLEMENT; PRO VISO (ERG 0130, 2008)

            THE IMITATIONS GREAT HALL CONCERT 1965 (ERG 0310, 2008)

            DOUBLE VISiOn, w/PRO VISO (ERG 0022, 2007)

            PROVISiOns, w/ PRO VISO (ERG 0013, 2005)

            THE VESSEL w/ Nick DelGreco, John Shea (ERG 044, 2001)

            PYRAMID w/ Mikko Mikkola, John Shea (ERG 040, 1982)

            LIVE AT ACIA w/ 4 Rivers w. Bob Stern, Mike Mahaffay, John Shea (ERG 031, 1980)

            CROSS CURRENT w/ 4 Rivers–Bob Stern, Greg Kogan, John Shea, Muruga, Armen Halburian, Laurence Cook (ERG 022, 1978)

            UPSTREAM w. 4 Rivers–Greg Kogan, John Shea, Mike Mahaffay (ERG 013, 1976)

Selected Discography (from recordings not produced by Moss):           

             COLORATIONS-EXPLORATIONS, composition by Joe Daley, performed by Dance Clarinets (2021)

            NATURAL, Willamette River Pirates, Michael Mahaffay Archives (2013)

           NEW YORK AND ME, Regina Ress-storyteller (2012)

           ETHER-REAL, Jack Bowers-leader (2004)

           BENNY & THE WILDACHAYAS, Ben Laden-leader (1996)

          DREAMCATCHER w/ Collective 4tet w. William Parker, Mark Hennen, Heinz Geisser (Stork Music 008, 1993)

          BINDU w. Collective 4tet (Stork Music 009, 1993)

          ATZILUTH w/ Fourth World (1993)

          I’M THE ONE (Annette Peacock, Paul Bley, Mark Whitecage, Perry Robinson (RCA, 1972))

Leader: Accidental Orchestra (2016-present), Moss Music Group (1986-91), Mike Moss/4 Rivers (1974-86), Free Energy (1972-74)

Member: Dance Clarinets (2020-present), Michael Moss/Billy Stein Duo (2013-present), (2016, 3d Ear Band 1981-1986), New York Free Quartet (2014-present), ZONE (2009-2016), PRO VISO (2003–2009), Atziluth (1990s), Benny & the Wildachayas (1990s), Greene/Moss w/ Burton Greene (1986), The Collected Works (1970s)

Conductor:  Accidental Orchestra (2018-present), Jazz Composers Orchestra at New York University (1970s), Free Energy enhanced at WBAI-FM (1970s), Free Life Communication at the Space for Innovative Development (1970s)

Film and video: 

    Accidental Orchestra at Scholes Street Studio ( 2019):  C# or Bb:  See Sharp or Be Flat, VIMEO:

     Southwestern Suite (2019), Ted Timreck cinematographer and sound design, Michael Moss, composer and soloist on Bb clarinet.  Smithsonian Museum (2019). VIMEO:  Southwest Suite          

     New York Free Quartet (2018) @ Bushwick Improvisational Series:

     KETHER (5.18.18), Accidental Orchestra:

      YESOD (5.18.18), Accidental Orchestra:

     Conjunction (1.15.15):  ShapeShifter Lab

     Inspired (8.6.15):  NYFQ at Bridge Street Cabaret

     Pyramid (8.6.15):  NYFQ at Bridge Street Cabaret

     Mirror (8.6.15):  NYFQ at Bridge Street Cabaret

     Riverside After Dark:  Billy Stein (g) & Michael art Moss (Bb clarinet).mov


     Larry Roland/Michael Moss/Chuck Fertal-Children’s Magical Garden—Arts for Art (Sept. 24, 2016):

     THE KEY:  ZONE (Michael Moss, ss; Mel Nusbaum, p; Larry Roland, b; Lou Selmi, d. Composition by Nusbaum:

Theatre:  composed and performed score for Exile Is My Home by playwright Domnica Radulescu


            2018:  Arranged for 22-piece Accidental Orchestra:  Qabballah::Entanglement—Ain Soph, Kether, Binah, Hokhmah’, Hesed, Pa’had, Tiphereth, Netza’h, Hod, Yesod, Malkuth; Can We Forget Remembering Being Born?, sestina by Louisa Bieler

            2016: See Sharp or Be Flat/C# or Bb; The Old One–I Inception, II Bridge/Dorje, III Qabbala / Tree Of Life, IV Bardo Thödol // Angels And Devils / Wizards And     Deatheaters, V The Mind Of God / StreamingThrone Of Gold; Al Buraq Wailing Wall Road

            2015:  Judy’s Jump, Krishna Emerging from the Weeds, Maestro Higgs, For Roy

            2014:  Peace Time, Menorah / Chordal Experiment, Mirror, Mount Sinai, Moses on the Mountaintop, Haunted

            2013:  Westbeth Blues, Swimmin’ Hole

            2012:  3 Points-4 Dimensions, Autumnal

            2011:  O’Shea Oy Vey, 7.27.11 Blues

            2010:  Chordal Experiment, Elegy for Danny, Going Direct, ‘Hesed-Love, O’Shea Olé, Say It Like It Is, Superstring, Touch Me

            2008:  Can We Forget Being Born Remembering?

            2007:  Qabbala/Entanglement: A Suite in Ten Movements

            2006: Black Hole: A Suite in Eight Movements, Für Frida

            2001:  Nichts Mehr, Collective Compositions for The Vessel

            1993: Collective compositions by the Collective 4tet Dreamcatcher (Stork 008, 1993): Flytrack, Oracle, Snap Decisions, Dreamcatcher; Bindu (Stork Music 009, 1993):  Bass Clarity, Did You Hear Everything?, Beyond Reason, I Remember Now, Bindu, Jig Jag

            1982:  Pyramid, Shira Luck

             1978:  Ain Soph

             1977:  Fertile Crescent, St. Patrick’s Shillelagh, Amitabha

             1976:  Jig

             1975:  Rising Canyon Shadows, Freedom Chant, Waeving

             1974:  Bibbity Bop, Ergic Mandala

             1973:  Astral Blue, Wakan, Suite for Middle C or Tout en Rond

             1972:  Free Life Communication, Emergence/Consciousness: A Suite in Six Movements

             1971:  Inside

             1970:  March On, Hardly, Interaction

             1969:  After Thought, Resurrection

             1968:  Judy’s Tune, Melba toast

             1967:  Coal Sack

             1963: Bad Bessie, Samson’s Walk

Studied with:  H. Baron Moss (his father), Harvey Estrin

Worked with:

Reeds:  Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, JD Parran, Marty Ehrlich, Lee Odom, Ken Meyer, Charles Waters, Claire Daly, Fred Rosenberg, Isaiah Johnson, Isaiah Richardson, Jr., D. Zisl Slepovitch, Randolph Murphy, Peter Hess, Don Slatoff, Richard Cohen, Ivan Barenboim, Paul Austerlitz, Gunter Hampel, Ras Moshe Burnett, Elliot Levin, Michael Lytle, Richard Keene, Dave Sewelson, Sabir Mateen, Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage

Brass:  Steve Swell, Peter Zummo, Brian Groder, Waldron Mahdi Ricks, Vincent Chancey, Marty Cook, Jeff Hoyer, John Jensen, Ralph Denzer, Jimmy Parker

Pianists: Alexis Marcelo, Steve Cohn, Dave Burrell, Paul Bley, Richie Beirach, Mark Hennen, Greg Kogan, John Fischer, Ben Sidran, Burton Greene, Jack Bowers, Mel Nusbaum, Dave Stoler, H. Baron Moss

Bassists:  Larry Roland, Ken Filiano, Michael Bisio, William Parker, Cameron Brown, Bryce Sebastian, Bill Vishnu Wood, Frank Tusa, John Miller, Noah Young (Richard Youngstein), John Shea, Francois Grillot

Drummers: Warren Smith, Newman Taylor Baker, Jackson Krall, Mike Wimberley, Rashid Bakr/Charles Downs, Badal Roy, Bob Meyer, Nasheet Waits, Clyde Stubblefield, Andrew Drury, Laurence Cook, Armen Halburian, Bobby Moses, Mike Mahaffey, Heinz Geisser, Muruga, Chuck Fertal

Vibes:  Warren Smith, Chien Chien Lu

Guitarists: Billy Stein, Dom Minasi, Rick Iannacone, Gabriel Abularach, Steve Kahn, Mel Nusbaum, Dan Rose, Paul Collins

Strings: violin–Jason Kao Hwang, Rosi Hertlein, Fung Chern Hwei, Elinor Speirs, Ludovica Bertone, Mikko Mikkola, Louisa Bieler, Michal Urbaniak, Bob Stern ; viola–Stephanie Griffin, Melanie Dyer; cello–Tanja Hoehne, Lenny Mims, Carol Buck, George Crotty, Martha Siegel, David Eyges 

Poets/Story Tellers:  Larry Roland, Regina Ress, Elliot Levin, Diane Wolkstein, Steve and Gloria Tropp, Robin Bady, Emanuel Chassot

Vocalists:  Tracy Nelson, Arlene Gottfried, Bobby Harden, Michael Kasper, Sabrina Lipton, Irma Routen

Puppeteers:  Ralph Lee, Bread and Puppet Theater

Dancers: 1968 — present:  Judith Moss; 1960 — present: Esmé Boyce, Andrew Chapman, Hope Plumb, Martin Davis, Rosalind Newman, Beth Soll, Leslie Satin, The Collected Works, Turks & Caicos Fine Arts Foundation, Spaghetti Dinner (NYC)

Radio appearances:  WKCR-FM (NYC), WBAI-FM (NYC), WNYC-FM (NYC), Little Water Radio, WMFM-FM, WORT-FM and WHA-FM in Madison, WI, WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids, MI

Performed at:

ShapeShifter Lab (2014, 2016), ABC-No Rio (2013) ), River Street Theater (2014-16), Westbeth Music Festival, NYC (2007-2013); Westbeth 40th Anniversary Festival (2010); PS 122 NYC (2009), Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2005 & 2006), Fishtastacon Music Festival, Philadelphia (2005 & 2006); Turks & Caicos Friends of the Arts Foundation (2003); Isthmus Jazz Festival, Madison, WI (1990s); Swiss Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Swiss Institute and Piano Magic. NYC, and Convergence Centre, Philadelphia, as part of tour sponsored by Pro Helvetia–a Swiss foundation; NYC jazz lofts including Studio Rivbea, Environ, Space for Innovative Development, Sunrise Studio, The Brook, Jazzmania, Studio WE, and in the First and Second New York Jazz Loft Celebrations (1970s), the New York Musicians Jazz Festival (1970s), Jazz and Blues Festival at Grand Valley State College, Michigan (1970s), Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY (1970s), SUNY at Stony Brook opposite Anthony Braxton (1970s), the University of Wisconsin—Madison (1960s), Northeastern Illinois University (1960s).

Dancers: 1968 — present:  Judith Moss; 1960-present: Roz Newman, Beth Soll, Leslie Satin, The Collected Works, Turks & Caicos Fine Arts Foundation, Spaghetti Dinner (NYC).

Contact:  Fourth Stream Records, 463 West Street #1006D, New York, NY 10014

(CELL) 646-691-4330


Webpage: m2-Theory for further information, writings about music, creativity, physics, and quantum mind. 



NEW YORK FREE QUARTET–NYFQ:   /nyfq Name of page: New YORK Free Quartet/nyfq




YouTube videos all at:

ShapeShifter Lab

NYFQ at Bridge Street Cabaret

NYFQ at Bridge Street Cabaret

NYFQ at Bridge Street Cabaret

Riverside After Dark Billy Stein (g) & Michael art Moss (Bb clarinet).mov


Larry Roland/Michael Moss/Chuck Fertal-Children’s Magical Garden—Arts for Art-Sept. 24, 2016:




THE KEY by ZONE   (Michael Moss, ss; Mel Nusbaum, p; Larry Roland, b; Lou

Selmi, d. Composition by Nusbaum)

NEW YORK AND LOVE CD by Regina Ress and Michael Moss

I am initiating a new section about my small Renaissance Jazz Orchestra, the Accidental Orchestra.  Please follow our progress.  Today I am posting the first of three segments prepared for a NewMusicUSA grant application.  They feature some of the musicians and some of the compositions entitled See Sharp or Be Flat/C# or Bb and The Old One. Enjoy.

It is not easy to form your own orchestra from scratch. I have a sense of urgency to complete this complex project. I assembled the best improvisers in New York and Philadelphia to play two extended through-composed suites that involve extensive individual and group soloing. We prepared scores and parts, rehearsed and recorded the two pieces at Systems 2, then mixed and mastered the recording with sound engineer Jon Rosenberg.


The credits of each of these musicians are long and profound. I selected people who worked together in past configurations and structured solo sections to combine previously existing groups so as to reveal what long years of creative collaboration can produce. Graphic artist and FIT Professor Karen Santry will use photographer/video editor Bernard Feinsod’s visual documentation (photography and video) to create graphics for the CD. I will work with a writer to develop liner notes and employ publicist Jim Eigo to get reviews and press for this amazing project.


I was able to keep costs low by asking for in-kind contributions from all collaborators. Musicians who typically work for upwards of $1000 apiece to rehearse and record, agreed to a $200 “downpayment” to be subsidized by future grants. I am exploring grants to help support performances and further recordings of this very large group. I wish to supplement their “base pay” to pay them an amount closer to what they are worth and ensure they will work with me in the future.


I intend to compose more for the AO but it will be difficult to record or perform without financial support. Future musical projects include adapting a poem by violinist Louisa Bieler, Can We Forget Remembering Being Born?, for SATB chorus and the Accidental Orchestra. I also wish to re-record and perform my qaballistic piece Ain Soph (Fourth Stream Records, 1978): Strings and reeds of the Accidental Orchestra will play previously overdubbed parts.

This work sample represents soloists from the string section, brass section, and the reed section. I excerpted solos from C# or Bb, a 20’ 38” piece recorded Oct. 10, 2016. The soloists in order are Jason Hwang and Rosi Hertlein (violins), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Lenny Mims (cello), Steve Swell (trombone), Ras Moshe (tenor sax), Waldron Ricks (trumpet), all New York based. Between most solos are full orchestral interludes. Soloists represent the sunny side of the street while interludes suggest dark, complex emotion, the essence of C# or Bb.


Ogijaz & his urban folk project featuring Ogijaz on bass and words, Chuck Fertal (drums), Waldron Mahdi Ricks (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Michael Moss (soprano and tenor saxes, bass clarinet, flutes)
Friday, February 25 at 7:30
Henry Winston Unity Hall, 235W23, 7 fl.. NYC
Ogijaz Larry Roland has invited me to perform Friday, Feb. 25 at the Dissident Black History Month festival and you should come on down to hear us and a whole lot of other great bands.
Larry, Waldron and drummer Chuck Fertal all play in the Accidental Orchestra in an upcoming release.  Hear us play John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.
See the announcement at my FB page:

Tonight’s concert cancelled

Sorry to say, tonight’s concert at Piano Magic had to be cancelled due to a structural problem with the floor and will have to be rescheduled.  So: CHARLES DOWNS (RASHID BAKR) 4TET
Michael Moss (tenor sax), Mark Hennen (keyboard), Emma Alabaster (bass), Charles Downs (Rashid Bakr) (drums)
Part of a SIX GROUP new music extravaganza, the Charles Downs 4tet will offer a Coltrane inflected set


Michael Moss Billy Stein performed Pyramid on August 3, 2012 at the WestbethMusicWorks First Fridays Concert Series.  Moss Stein released their duo CD, INTERVALS, August 26, 2013, available at CDBaby and iTunes.

Hi–AGAIN.  The collaborative band ZONE, featuring myself on tenor, soprano, flute, and clarinets, Mel Nusbaum on keys, Billy Stein on guitar, Robert Edwards on electric bass, Lou Selmi on drums, and Yogui on congas and percussion, performs Friday, June 7, 2013 in the Community Room at Westbeth.

Where:  Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune Street

When:  Friday, June 7, 8 PM

Tickets:  $10

We’re adding a couple of players to last year’s band–guitarist Billy Stein and Yogui on congas/percussion.  Since then Billy and I have recorded a cd that we will release early next fall.  I’ve been playing with these guys going into our 4th year and you can really hear it.  Plus, Lou just purchased Elvin Jones’ personal drum kit and is so excited he has energized the entire band.  Hope to share a glass of wine with ya.Image

Tonight, Chazen Sabrina Lipton, the GRS choir and GRS band plus a ringer–myself–will celebrate Yom Haatsmaut (Israeli Independence Day). I love working with Sabrina…a wonderful spirit and a beautiful voice. Let us pray that music is truly the healing force of the universe.MM&BS  0408

Billy Stein and myself–going into the studio Friday night and Saturday afternoon (Feb. 22/23, 2013). Systems Two–best studio–lusting to record on Coltrane’s ribbon mic.
Practice. Putting life and soul into notes on a page. Taking ideas from my body and consciousness and storing them in cache of creative moves to make in unexpected moments of inspiration.
Two fractured ribs: got hit by a snowboarder two weeks ago and wiped out at Hunter Mt. Skiied a couple more hours–fool! Thought it was just bruised. Then made a gig a week later with Billy and storyteller Regina Ress at famous Provincetown Playhouse in the Village. She released CD “New York and Me” with myself making “musical comments.”
Still in pain but still breathin’. Discovered I have two sets of muscles–one to expand my rib cage which hurts, and one to play on which involves pushing out air. Turns out music is not only the healing force of the universe, it is the healing force of my body. Still playing.

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