John Moran has generally been considered the protege of composer Philip Glass, having been discovered by Mr. Glass at an young age. In 2003, Glass was quoted as saying, "I am convinced that there is no more important composer working today, than John Moran. His works have been so advanced as to be considered revolutionary."
These works of high-precision dance, music-theater have featured performers such as Uma Thurman, Iggy Pop, Julia Stiles and Allen Ginsberg in their leading roles. He has been twice commissioned for largescale works of music-theatre by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as American Repertory Theater at Harvard, The Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as a host of venues across America and Europe. In 2005, he returned to New York City after serving 2 years as artist-in-residence for The City of Paris (Mairie de Paris). Several of Moran's works are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Since 2005, his series of disarming, theatrical self-portraits of his regular collaborator, Saori Tsukada (under the name, 'John Moran…and his neighbor, Saori') have been presented at numerous venues internationally. In October 2007, they debuted their latest dance/operetta, 'Saori's Birthday!' to soldout houses in New York City, where it premiered at Performance Space 122. The work features Saori in it's leading role, as well as Katherine Brook and Joseph Keckler. Described by The New York Times as one of the most innovative works of 2007, the piece will make it's international debut in 2008, at Dublin Fringe.
John Moran is the perpetraitor of The John Moran Corperation, album release Sept 06 called Nightshade, this should be up loaded on Last Fm soon. The picture is of John playing bass for The Session Men at Glebe Festival , Sydney Australia in November 2006.
The Corperations website is www.johnmoran.com.au and The Session Men, www.thesessionmen.com.au . John was born in the UK and came to Australia in 74. Played bass for ten years in and around London during the late sixties and early seventies. Still a British subject and proud of it, have to be, the other half of The Session Men is French. The album Nightshade has received very good press here and national airplay. it is a slightly twisted and seventies sort of cd, not background stuff, best to knock back a bottle of red and proceed. Second album has been started and should be out later this year.
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