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Kathryn Moses


KATHRYN MOSES (flutist, saxophonist, vocalist, bandleader, composer, arranger) was born in 1943 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. She was already a promising classical flutist when she began to play with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra when she was just 20 years old, but four years later, moved to Canada to be with her husband and fellow musician, trumpeter Ted Moses.

Kathryn’s career quickly took off in Toronto where she immediately became immersed in the city’s vibrant jazz and folk scene, notably recording and playing with important talents including Bruce Cockburn and Murray McLaughlin. She originally played in the Ted Moses Quintet led by her husband, but in 1975, launched her own successful Quartet and Quintet.

Moses performed with both The National Ballet and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, recorded widely on albums by dozens of other artists, and composed and played on hundreds of film scores. The Kathryn Moses Quartet (with Rob Piltch on guitar, David Piltch on bass, and Claude Ranger on drums) were featured in concert during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Series at the Ontario Science Centre on January 23, 1978. She continues to perform and compose from her home in Toronto today.


1976 – Winner of the first-ever Canada Council Award for ‘Best Jazz Recording of the Year’ for her self-titled CBC recording

1992 – Kathryn Moses’ composition for Genie Award-winning ‘Forbidden Love’, her first film score, wins her international acclaim as a film composer


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