Michael Nix is a contemporary classical composer, guitarist and performer. Nix lives and teaches in the tranquil Pioneer Valley of Franklin County in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Nix and NixWorks has performed in venues around the world and is highly renowned.
The Moser/Nix Duo draws their strikingly original repertoire from a variety of sources, including classical, folk and international music, as well as original compositions that exploit the unique blend and timbre of mandolin and guitar. Their work combines the compositional and arranging techniques of the classical musician with the rich modal idioms of forms of folk music and improvisation. Juxtaposing traditional and novelty tunes with Bach, Brazilian dances with jazz standards and original compositions, The Moser/Nix Duo views music-making as an integral living art that responds to the influences of our culture in dynamic and inclusive ways. The Moser/Nix Duo's original compositions are informed by a wide ranging musical interest.
Their distinctive concerts are absorbing, a musical kaleidoscope--you never know what you will hear next!
"The Moser/Nix Duo are a musically intriguing pair whose repertoire spans folk, pop, and classical genres, and includes the original compositions of Michael Nix. This first CD showcases their variety and scope, and is a charming introduction to an interesting new voice on the mandolin-guitar duo scene."
--Marilyn Mair "Mandolin Quarterly", Vol. 2, No. 3; Summer 1997
"It was a great pleasure to present the Moser/Nix Duo at Springlawn...Your wide-ranging program was full of charming surprises."
--Tom Heaney of the National Music Foundation
Charles Moser is an accomplished Mandolinist. Since exploring the mandolin as an octave voice in mandolin and guitar orchestras in the late 1970's, he has exploited the instrument's colorful timbrel range in folk and classical music. A veteran soloist and pop musician, Charles has an abiding appreciation for the rhythms and harmonies of folk music from around the world.
Michael Nix has performed numerous concerts, both solo and in various ensembles throughout the United States and Asia; classical, folk, rock, contemporary, and jazz music on guitar and lute, as well as bluegrass banjo in his 17 year stint with the duo "Whole Wheat". Michael is also a composer, opera librettist, and music critic. His compositions and arrangements, which reflect his wide range of musical experiences, have won him awards and commissions.
EAST & WEST
The Moser / Nix Duo
Charles Moser, Mandolin
Michael Nix, Guitar
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