Tears of the Moosechaser first appeared in August of 2010 performing their debut show at the Steve Allen Theatre, consecutively releasing their self produced inaugural concept album "Songs for a Sinister Woman".
The Brainchild of songwriters/composers Blanton Ross and Antony DiGennaro grew out of long term collaboration at CalArts blending 20th Century Classical and Experimental music with the rustic Americana traditions of yesteryear. What resulted was a fusion of wood and rusty metal featuring:
Blanton Ross - Vocalist, Lyricist, Composer
Antony DiGennaro - Band leader, Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Arranger
David Tranchina - bass
Ulrich Krieger - bass clarinet
Chris Stewart - violin, vocals
James Barry - cello
Daniel Corral - accordion
Gabriel Deutsch - banjitar
Paul Fuller - banjo
It didn't take long for the 8 piece volatile performing ensemble to carve their mark onto Southern California performing at numerous Los Angeles venues and participating in several festivals, most notably Clean Air Clear Stars at Pappy and Harriets Pioneer Palace, Dung Mummy's Nomadic Transmissions at Jawbone Canyon, Sunset Junction, Echoes West, and Redhanded Old Timey Music and Variety Party in Topanga.
Though closely tied to the new Los Angeles Folk Western Renaissance through local contemporaries Spindrift, Rt and the 44s, Tommy Santee Klaws, and Dustbowl Revival, Moosechaser remains largely outsider music, Uncompromising, independent and skillful, known for bombarding their audience with with walls of free improvisation noise before diving into tender melodies or sculpted rhythmic poundings. Spanning sounds from Folk Bluegrass to Industrial Noise has earned the group such labels as: Avant-Americana, Apocalyptic Country, Gothabilly, Noisegrass and a variety of other genre bending folk/vagabond musics. By any definition Tears of The Moosechaser remains fiercely dedicated to original music.
In Late 2012 the group took a hiatus from performing live to work on a sophomoric work yet to be titled.
most often presents his work in collaborations with animators, film makers,choreographers and painters. As a multimedia composer, Ross creates an assortment of textures and styles both aurally and visually often utilizing experimental recording/mixing techniques and Max/Msp/Jitter in his prolific songwriting and composition. His weaving of numerous acoustic and electronic instruments with everyday sounds can be heard elsewhere. For Tears of the Moosechaser, his focus has been writing lyrics, singing, and encouraging you to have a good time.
is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, currently roaming the hills on the outskirts of the Los Angeles area. His songs and compositions draw from experiences and influences ranging from early Americana to techniques culled from the 20th/21st century experimental tradition. To date, he has released several albums as a soloist, leader and sideman as well as many scores for independent film. Records from years past, A Lonesome Fog: new music for solo guitars and Songs for a Sinister Woman by avant-country octet Tears of the Moosechaser were both met with positive reviews. Antony has recently finished solo efforts entitled And the Madness that Followed... and Stranger Still and will be releasing various singles and EPs via his website, as well as the album Dark Shapes with death metal band Whale. Performances in support of this material will arise in the months to come.
is an up and coming bassist on the Los Angeles scene, known for his big warm sound, solid groove and inventive melodic solos. Originally from Forestville, California, he started playing bass at age 13, and was self taught until he began studies with Classical bass virtuoso Barry Green at UC Santa Cruz where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music. While at Santa Cruz he also studied Jazz with Stan Poplin, John Clayton, and Karlton Hester. In 2006 He moved to Los Angeles to attend Calarts, where he studied with Charlie Haden, and Darek Oles, and received his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance in 2008. Other influences and mentors are Wadada Leo Smith, David Roitstein and Alfred Ladzekpo.
David has composed music for animation, and done quasi-improvised music music for experimental Dance and Theatre. His compositions range from post-bop-ish to experimental and avant-garde and have been described as "jive", "fishy", "stinking", "bass-tastic", "beautiful man", "absolutely delightful", and "decomposed". He looks for inspiration everywhere, and seeks to find humane and environmentally friendly ways to compose music.
David has performed with Bennie Maupin, Gary Fukushima, Matt Otto, Nate Wood, Gonzalo Bergara, Lorca Hart, Walter Smith III, Bobby Watson, Mike Barone, Butch Morris, William Winant, Smith Dobson, Vinny Golia, Larry Koonse, and Joe LaBarbara. David has played some of the top jazz venues in Los Angeles, including The Jazz Bakery, Catalina's, Vibrato, The Temple Bar, 2nd Street Jazz, Cafe Metropol, The Mint, and REDCAT. He's also has recorded with Slumgum, Dirty Squid, Clinton Patterson, Brandon Sherman, Hanna Rifkin, The Botticellis, Chariman Mouse, and It'sawhale, and the 16th and 17th Annual Calarts Jazz Album recorded at Capitol Records.
is a composer and saxophone player. His pieces are widely performed by ensembles in Europe and the USA. Krieger's recent interest lies in the experimental fringes of contemporary pop culture, the limbo between noise, metal, ambient and silence. So did he transcribed and arranged Lou Reeds 'Metal Machine Music' for classical instruments. He has won several awards and residencies for: New York, Los Angeles, Venice, Rome, Bologna, Darmstadt and others. Collaborations include: Lou Reed, Lee Ranaldo, LaMonte Young, Phill Niblock, Christian Marcley, Mario Bertoncini, Merzbow, Michiko Hirayama, John Duncan, Zbigniew Karkowski, DJ Olive, Alan Licht, Kasper T Toeplitz, Radu Malfatti etc. He calls his way of saxophone playing 'acoustic electronics' and often uses his instrument as an 'analogue sampler' from which he can call his quasi-electronic sounds, which then get processed.
Recent projects are Metal Machine Trio (with Lou Reed), Text of Light (with Lee Ranaldo), and zerfall-gebiete (with Thomas Koner) - somewhere in the nirvana between experimental rock, ambient and contemporary composition.
started playing violin in a public school orchestra in 1995. While continuing his classical education through high school and college, he also developed interests in several other styles of music including bluegrass, jazz, experimental noise music, heavy metal, and rock. Currently, Chris plays in several groups all of varied styles. To Tears of the Moosechaser, he blends noise music and traditional styles on acoustic violin.
Mr. James "Jimmy" Barry
is a gentleman and a scholar. As a decorated veteran of the Great War, he bravely served his country as a combat cellist and has battled honorably alongside the likes of Tears of the Moosechaser, Hurt Model, Tinhorn Justice, Dog Shit Taco, and 18 Squared to name a few.
is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, AK. Currently residing in the L.A. area, his unique voice has found a diverse range of outlets. He has accompanied avante-garde puppetry all across the USA, had his music performed by an orchestra riding the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel, been featured at a USC faculty concert of original player piano music, displayed his massive multi-movement music boxes at galleries all over Los Angeles, composed for a number of films and dance performances, and much more.
musical career has been a diverse one. In 1997 he was pulled on stage to play guitar with rock band Green Day at Point Fest 9. During this time, Gabriel was studying finger style blues and bluegrass guitar by ear. In 2005 he received a BM in classical guitar performance from South East Missouri State University. During his study, he won the MMTA State-Level Guitar Competition. From 2006-2008 he received his Master's Degree in performance and composition from The California Institute of the Arts. During this time he studied Flamenco with the renowned Miroslav Tadic. Gabe was kidnapped from The Cameltones and joined the live line up of Tears of the Moosechaser shortly after the release of "Songs for a Sinister Woman".
recorded five-string banjo and Dobro with Tears of the Moosechaser for "Songs for a Sinister Woman". Recently Paul has begun experimenting with instrument building. He also performs with the Bluegrass fusion group American Primative.