Mancunian Moss Freed studied music at Edinburgh University before being awarded scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Bucher/Fraser Trust and the Berklee World Scholarship Tour to study at Berklee College of Music, subsequently completing a masters in composition at Goldsmiths College.
Moss’ compositions have been recorded and performed worldwide with radio support from BBC Radio 3, BBC 6Music, Jazz FM, BBC Introducing and XFM. He was written pieces for Aisha Orazbayeva, Joseph Houston, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and Ensemble Fractus with performances including the CeReNeM series at St Paul’s (Huddersfield), the Victoria Music Festival (Malta) and Pure Gold Festival (Southbank Centre), and TV credits including BBC 1’s The One Show.
Moss founded London/Berlin quartet Let Spin, described by the Guardian as ‘an electrifying live band whose grooves could wake the dead’, and Moss Project, described by All About Jazz as ‘nothing short of breathtaking’. He has produced four critically acclaimed albums with these bands including the 2013 release What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?, a collaboration with six authors including National Book Award winner Colum McCann, Bailey’s Prize winner Naomi Alderman and bestseller Lawrence Norfolk.
Moss has performed extensively around Europe, including the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scott’s, Bridgwater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and has been supported on several tours by Arts Council England. He has had features in the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Jazzwise, Jazz UK, Bass Guitar and London Jazz News. He plays guitar for the Spike Orchestra, whose latest two albums were released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label as part of the Masada series, and folk/jazz groups Flekd and Counter’s Creek.
Moss is currently researching towards a practice-led PhD in composition as a NECAH scholar at the universities of Hull and Huddersfield. He examines worldwide for the Rockschool exam board and lives in London.