Alicia hall Moran : Bio


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ALICIA HALL MORAN, mezzo-soprano, brings diverse influences and passions together in a rich artistic brew.  Ms. Moran played nightly in the stellar ensemble of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, Broadway's 2012 Tony-winner for "Best Musical Revival." Additionally, Ms. Moran had the distinction of performing the role of Bess on Broadway numerous times as an Understudy--and for a time, the scheduled Wednesday night alternate--to Audra McDonald.  Ms. McDonald earned her fifth Tony Award ("Best Actress in a Musical") for the role.

Ms. Moran was an Artist in the genre-busting 2012 Whitney Biennial along with husband, pianist Jason Moran. For the Biennial Ms. Moran curated the celebrated 26-performance event, BLEED.  This mega-offering juxtaposed new collaborations and inspirational works with a survey of the Morans' past collaborations in the musical and visual arts.  Films incorporating music by the Morans' (films by Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Simone Leigh/Liz Magic Laser) were also featured.  

Ms. Moran has just completed a term as Artist-In-Residence at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, and a commission for Art Public/Art Basel Miami.  

Since 2010, Ms. Moran's critically-acclaimed cabaret club act, Alicia Hall Moran + the motown project, has been thrilling audiences at Universities and nightclubs alike: The Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, The Regattabar (Cambridge), The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, etc.

Co-authoring and improvising vocal music for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's award-winning Chapel/Chapter remains a career highlight. As a former weekly classical music columnist Ms. Moran wrote Suite Sounds for the New York Amsterdam News.

Ms. Moran's performances transcend expectation. She upholds the traditions of her great, great uncle Hall Johnson (legendary choral director, composer and preserver of the Negro Spiritual) and her greatest teachers (Shirley Verrett, Adele Addison, Hilda Harris, David Jones & Warren Wilson) without being tethered to the classical repertoire.

Her singing and theatrical sensibilities lead purely into a sensual, musical world where the lyricism of Marvin Gaye and the high drama of Puccini collide.


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