Whilst studying composition and performance at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Moss Freed formed The Moss Project as a sextet to provide a platform for progressive and exciting new music. On returning to his hometown of Manchester, he established a group there under the same name who performed a highly anticipated debut gig at Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club in November, 2007, where they quickly established a monthly residency. The band have performed regularly in the UK and Europe over the past three years including the London Jazz Festival and Manchester International Jazz Festival and have completed several successful tours in the UK and Germany including dates at London’s Vortex and the Birdland in Hamburg. The group have had a regular residency at Ambleside’s Zeffirelli’s since 2008 and have had radio play on Jazz FM, BBC Manchester and ALL FM.
Their debut album, Vision, was released on 23.11.09 on Apsara Records and is an intense and emotional musical experience appealing to listeners from all backgrounds. The album secured a distribution deal with Baked Goods Distribution and won much critical praise being described as “a real achievement” by Bill Bruford and as “a fascinating and hypnotically satisfying album which demands repeated plays” by All About Jazz. Their latest, What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? is a uniquely collaborative album. It consists of six pieces written by guitarist and composer Moss Freed and performed by his band the Moss Project, as well as six short stories written in response by a selection of acclaimed writers. The combined effect is surprising, enigmatic and magical.