Emile Mosseri creates a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating his heartfelt debut album Heaven Hunters, featuring an orchestra of his own design adapted specifically for National Sawdust.
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Emile Mosseri creates a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating his heartfelt debut album Heaven Hunters, featuring an orchestra of his own design adapted specifically for National Sawdust. After composing scores for films like Last Black Man in San Francisco and Minari, Mosseri has turned his poignant lyricism and warm melodies inward for his most personal collection yet. On his debut, Mosseri asserts that "hunting" for a suffering-free life (Heaven) is a fruitless exercise that prevents us from finding peace with the highs and lows of life.” Heaven Hunters celebrates life as it is, using Mosserie’s gift of musical storytelling to share songs of longing, love, heartbreak, familial struggle, and domestic bliss.
About Emile Mosseri
As a singer, songwriter, and composer, Emile Mosseri transforms the human experience into song. Musical storytelling is his lifeblood — a talent he has shared with songwriters and directors that now takes centerstage on his debut album, Heaven Hunters.
Mosseri spent his teens and twenties playing in bands in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to work as a composer, a city in which he has formed some of his deepest collaborative relationships. Mosseri has provided emotionally melodic film scores to support the personal stories of Joe Talbot, Miranda July, Lee Isaac Chung, and more, receiving several accolades, including a Best Original Score nomination at the Academy Awards for Chung's Minari (2020) in 2021. At the same time, he has developed lasting relationships with fellow songwriters both in the studio and on stage, working with Angel Olsen, Mary Lattimore, The Haxan Cloak, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Dave Longstreth, Hand Habits, and others.
On Heaven Hunters, Mosseri looks inwards, using his distinctive sound and gift for musical storytelling for his most personal work. Produced by The Haxan Cloak, Heaven Hunters explores the weight of choosing one path in life, putting to death every other possible future, and finding comfort in redefining happiness. For Mosseri, the search for Heaven — a concept of perpetual happiness void of suffering — is a fruitless effort that blocks us from finding peace and balance in life as it really is.
Driven by Mosseri’s poignant lyrics and intimate singing, Heaven Hunters celebrates the highs and lows that create that equilibrium, built around songs of longing, love, loss, familial struggle, and domestic bliss. It is a vulnerable, heartfelt album that is both expansive and cinematic in its dynamic scope and deeply stripped down and exposed in its emotional core, ready to be experienced as intimately as possible. It is the album he imagined in the formative years of his creative journey and one that came to life through his experiences working directly with auteurs that fearlessly built exterior worlds from their interior experiences.
Mosseri closed 2022 with a 6-month residency at Los Angeles music venue Zebulon that featured unique musical collaborations, intimate orchestration, and — at its apex — an immersive 32-piece choir. 2023 will see a continuation of that experiential, free-flowing approach to live music at venues across the globe. As a composer, Mosseri is currently working on the score for Donald Glover, Hiro Murai, and Francesca Sloane’s upcoming project Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
About Terence Etc.
Terence Nance is an Artist, Musician, and Filmmaker born in Dallas, Texas in what was then referred to as the State-Thomas community. Nance wrote, directed, scored, and starred in his first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2013, was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2014, and debuted his Peabody award-winning television series Random Acts of Flyness on HBO in the summer of 2018. In the fall of 2018, it was announced that Nance was tapped to write, produce and direct Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring Lebron James, and in 2020 Terence released his first EP, THINGS I NEVER HAD under the name Terence Etc. In 2020 he also partnered with filmmakers Jenn Nkiru, Bradford Young, Nanette Nelms and Mishka Brown to form The Ummah Chroma Creative Partners – a directors collective and production company. This team released KILLING IN THY NAME in collaboration with Rage Against The Machine in January of 2021 In 2022,Terence released both Random Acts of Flyness Program II as well as his debut album, VORTEX. In 2023, Terence's first solo exhibition, “Swarm,” opened at the ICA Philadelphia.