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The Clarinet and Saxophone of Michael Moore



college he studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. After graduation in 1977 he made the expected move to New York, but five years later he moved on to Amsterdam, and that has remained his home to this day. That city's eclectic artistic environment differed in many ways from the competitive and regimented musical life of New York. The Dutch musicians Moore fell in with were open to every kind of playing and eschewed generic boundaries, taking inspiration from all sorts of music and from other artistic forms. While they were serious about their art, they also infused it with a distinct ironic Dadaist sense of humor that appealed to his sensibilities.

In Amsterdam Moore could forget about being a typical jazz musician. He worked with many Dutch groups and with other Americans who had made their way to Europe but also became involved with dance and theater productions, eventually garnering prizes and composer commissions. He has worked in many different contexts, including his own quintet and quartet, which are well documented in recordings that he has put out on his own Ramboy label. In this country he is best known for his work with Mischa Mengelberg's Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, which has visited Ann Arbor a number of times.

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