Formed in 1998, this seven piece group’s original
music fuses technology and improvisation with varied
musical styles and rhythms which reflect Americas
diverse melting pot of multi-ethnic influences.
Integrating spontaneous group and individual
improvisation with electronic sound processing and
effects, the music takes each listener on their own
unique journey through time and space. The group draws
on each member’s individual spiritual, musical and
creative sensitivities in an interaction which
ultimately translates into Moksha or “liberation”
through sound. The performance format used by Moksha
is different than the traditional tune-break-talk
format. Moksha’s performance set is typically 45
minutes to 1 hour in length with no break. While much
of the music consists of spontaneous individual and
group improvisation, each set is structured with three
short compositions. Each composition serves as a
rhythmic, melodic and harmonic starting point for the
next area of improvisation. Although the music has its
roots in Jazz, the term Jazz or fusion does not
adequately describe the style of our music. In an
attempt to catagorize the music of Moksha, we have
created a new category which we call “Contemporary
Urban Soundscapes”. Ultimately,we prefer to say
“ It’s not about a style.....it’s
about an adventure ”.
We would also like to say that....
“ we do not recreate music....we create it “.
When the venue permits, computer generated visual
images combined with slide imiges taken from the
Hubble SpaceTelescope are projected behind the band.
These neutral images serve to draw the listener into
the music and at the same time provide a visual
stiumulant which helps to propel each listener on
their own journey through an ever changing landscape
of sight and sound.