John Moran

“I am convinced that there is no more important composer working today, than John Moran.”- Philip Glass

“Moran is a modern-day Mozart.” – Boston Globe

“One of the leading vanguards of American music-theater” – New York Times

John Moran has generally been known in America as the protege of composer Philip Glass. His large-scale works of music-theater were well known in NYC throughout the 1990’s, often at venues such as Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts, American Repertory Theater, The Public Theater and others, and featured performers such as Uma Thurman, Iggy Pop and Allen Ginsberg. Then suddenly, Moran and his work disappeared.

Five years later (in 2005) a very different Moran re-emerged in the late-night clubs of Brooklyn, with a completely new approach to music-theater. Gone were any traces of large-scale, multi-media. Now he appeared simply (and deceptively) as himself, speaking to audiences directly about his life and work, and a self-proclaimed obsession with his next-door neighbor and ‘muse’: a young dancer from Japan, named Saori Tsukada. (courtesy IssueProjectRoom)

"A performer of astonishing ability and precision" – New York Times

[John and Saori] "… one of the most important and innovative collaborations of 2007" – New York Times

Saori Tsukada moved to New York City 8 years ago from Tokyo, Japan where she had studied classical ballet and gymnastics. She has been the constant collaborator to Mr. Moran for the past 5 years, after a chance meeting on the street. She has worked extensively with artists Katja Loher, Yoshiko Chuma, Aya Ogawa, Vintage DJ, and many others. She has recently completed a 4th European tour with Moran in 2010, and is currently in New York City.

Recent news and reviews for John Moran and Saori Tsukada:

Issue Project Room
New York Times
Make Me Neon
Inside New York

For excerpts from works by John & Saori, please visit:

2011 Festival Schedule for John Moran and Saori Tsukada:

Sat, Aug 20


Theatre: “John Moran…and his neighbor, Saori.”

Critically-acclaimed and enigmatic composer and choreographer John Moran will present a matinee performance of “John Moran…and his neighbor, Saori.” Likened to Philip Glass for his ingenius use of repetitive structures, John Moran presents refreshingly new ideas to American theatre.

$45, $35
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Sun, Aug 21


Theatre: “John Moran…and his neighbor, Saori.”

John and Saori return for a second performance of “John Moran…and his neighbor, Saori.” If you were unable to join us on Saturday, please join us on Sunday for a fun, memorable afternoon.

$45, $35
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Tue, Aug 23


Theatre: “John + Saori (…in Thailand)”

Described as "whimsical, rich, and enchanting" by the New York Times, John and Saori will present their latest work. Entitled “John + Saori (…in Thailand),” the piece has been described as “emotionally riveting” with a “groundbreaking musical composition.” Don’t miss this fresh and imaginative show!

$45, $35
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All Chamber Performances take place at:
Hidden Valley Music Seminars
88 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924