Moe! Staiano’s Moe!Kestra! | Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations

All compositions, conductions and arrangements by Moe! Staiano. Note: The pieces are two large compositions as a whole. The indexes are provided for convenience only. Part of Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 4 was previously released on the KFJC compilation ‘Ghost Machine; Live from KFJC 89.7 FM’ (2002). The first ten minutes were edited out (hence the fade-in) to accomodate the duration of a single CD. © 2003 Moe! Staiano Continue reading

Moe! Staiano’s Moe!Kestra! | Two Rooms Of Uranium Inside 83 Markers: Conducted Improvisations Vol. II

Moe! Staiano founded the Moe!kestra! project back in the beginning of 1997. The idea came from a show he did in 1996 in Berkeley at a place called Beanbenders where he gathered some dozen or so musicians to do a simple instruction, playing a one sustained note from soft, quite, crescendoing into a loud frenzy before playing free and all totally out while Moe! destroys several television sets and lighting off Whistling Pete’s fireworks (a frantic and future Moe!kestra! player Bill Horvitz had to momentarily stop Moe! to save his guitar amp that was in harms way). At the end of the show o all the excitement and cheering, Brian Hall (from Ubzub) was shouting “Moechestra! Moechestra!” This gave Moe! the idea of working in a large orchestra format and started writing text instructional scores (Moe! has no music theory, so he needed to describe how the musicians play his scores though there are some notated parts, both traditional and graphically) and wrote Piece No.1: Death of A Piano, which was loosely based on the 1996 performance and literally requires the actual destruction of a piano, which has been performed in about six times total. Continue reading