David Moss, born in New York City in 1949, is considered one of the most innovative singers and percussionists in contemporary music. Because of his 4 & 1/2 octave range and his wide vocabulary of vocal sounds and characters, he is in-demand internationally as a »unique and powerful voice« for a new generation of composers and opera directors. David Moss has expanded his musical work to include stage/screen performer, theater actor, opera singer, and performance/voice character in experimental avant-garde art works. He is a pioneer of the solo concert form, and has presented solo percussion, vocal and ensemble concerts around the world since 1975, e.g. he has sung at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center in New York City at the Edinburgh Festival, Spoleto Festival, and the Lucerne Festival in Heiner Goebbels orchestra work Surrogate Cities. He has been a guest soloist with the Ensemble Modern since 1995. Moss performed at the Salzburg Festival in 1999 as featured soloist in Luciano Berio's Cronaca del Luogo, and in 2001 as Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus. Moss collaborated with Sam Auingers, Ensemble Modern, Berliner Philharmonikern under Sir Simon Rattle and the American Composer Orchestra under Steven Sloane. In 1999, Moss conceived and co-founded (with Muziektheater Transparant), the Institute for Living Voice, of which he is currently Artistic Director.
In 2006 David Moss cooperated with Stefan Kurt, Hans Peter Kuhn and Junko Wada for the Ruhrtreinnale production Einfach, eben: So!.