The acclaimed New Sounds and Sound Check host John Schaefer joined Greg Moss on-stage in a scintillating discussion in which the pair mulled over the various styles of music that had an influence on the creation of Orange, Hat & Grace, as well as the importance of music on much of Moss’s work.
GREGORY S. MOSS is a writer and performer from Newburyport, MA. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University’s Graduate Literary Arts Program. His plays include sixsixsix; Some Obvious Examples of Every Day Life; Billy Witch; House of Gold; and punkplay. His work has been developed with or produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The American Repertory Theatre, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Empty Space, Playwrights Horizons, PlayPenn, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep and New York Theatre Workshop. His collaborations with filmmaker Roger Warren Beebe have been screened widely at film festivals both in America and abroad. Gregory is the recipient of a 2006-2007 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, a 2008 Millay Colony Residency, a 2009 Eugene O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference residency and a 2010-2011 Jerome Fellowship. His play, punkplay was published in Play: A Journal of Plays in December 2009 and was produced in February 2010 at The Steppenwolf Garage in Chicago. A new play, House of Gold, will premiere at Woolly Mammoth in November 2010 also directed by Sarah Benson. Writing, video and audio are archived at www.gregorysmoss.com.
JOHN SCHAEFER has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series “New Sounds” since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986. Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for ‘Spin’ and ‘Ear’ magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center’s prestigious Letter of Distinction for his “substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad.” In May 2006, ‘New York’ magazine cited Schaefer as one of “the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York” in its ‘Influentials’ issue. He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog daily for the Soundcheck page at wnyc.org.