Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran brings her diverse influences and passions together in a rich artistic brew. Her performance as Bess in Broadway’s 2012 “Best Musical Revival” Tony-winner The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, was critically acclaimed.
Moran’s performances uphold the traditions of her great, great uncle Hall Johnson, the legendary choral director, composer, and preserver of the Negro Spiritual, as well as her greatest teachers – Shirley Verrett, Adele Addison, Hilda Harris, David Jones and Warren Wilson.
Since 2010, Moran’s critically-acclaimed cabaret club act, Alicia Hall Moran and the Motown Project, has performed at universities and nightclubs alike, as well as Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, Regattabar, The Kitchen, Whitney Museum of American Art, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, and more. Moran also co-authored and improvised vocal music for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s award-winning Chapel/Chapter.
As an artist, Moran curated BLEED for the genre-busting 2012 Whitney Biennial along with her husband, pianist Jason Moran. BLEED was a 26-performance event juxtaposing new collaborations and inspirational works with a survey of the Morans’ past collaborations in the musical and visual arts. Films by Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Simone Leigh and Liz Magic Laser incorporated the Morans’ music. She has just completed a term as artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and a commission for Art Public/Art Basel Miami Beach. As a former weekly classical music columnist, Moran wrote Suite Sounds for the New York Amsterdam News.