Moe! Staiano is a percussionist who usually uses found objects, other instruments, and drums (i.e. prepared percussion). When he is not directing the massive collective improvisation orchestra known as Moe!kestra he is exploring solo percussion using pipes, food pans, pressure caps, sheet metals, nick-nacks & other stuff that has been found, given or stolen (some from Pizza Hut when he worked there including a nifty Spatula that he bows). One can expect to see Moe!’s show and director's style running around throwing pipes on concrete, walking on pans with his feet to mute sounds or running amok in any given performance. One can expect to see Moe! running around throwing pipes on concrete, walking on pans with his feet to mute sounds or running amok, throwing his body into old cassette tapes or two dozen cymbals in any given performance. He has two CD's out of his solo/collaborative recordings. The second CD, "The Lateness of Yearly Presentations" was released in 2002 on his micro-label Dephine Knormal Musik, a release split with a French label, Amanita Records. The first solo CD “The Non-Study of First Impressions”, is now out of print. He finished recording and mixing a third solo CD this year, entitled “The Absolute Tradition of No Traditions” and will be shopping a label for its release.
Moreover, he also composes text/graphic scores for a collective ensemble for what he calls MOE!KESTRA!, which employs as many as 50 musicians or more. Moe! has written scores for destroying pianos (Piece No.1: Death of a Piano), sex toys (Piece No.2: Death by Dildo; which once got sponsored by Good Vibrations...seriously) and four other pieces that have been performed between 1997 and 2005 (seven pieces in all; about 40 performances & counting). Fellow employees have included ROVA's Bruce Ackley, George Cremaschi, Michael de la Cuesta, Cheryl Leonard, Matt Ingals, Fred Frith, William Winant, John Shiurba, Bill Horvitz, Tom Yoder, Aaron Bennett, Dan Plonsey, Garth Powell, Peter Valsamis, Kris Force (Amber Asylum), Jonas Muller, Adam Lane, Matthew Sperry, Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven), Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, They Might Be Giants), Michael Evans (God Is My Co-Pilot), Sean Meehan, Shelley Burgon, Danny Tunick (Guv’ner), David First, all past and present members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum among many other musicians. In 1999, he wrote & conducted a piece written for the Seattle ensemble, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, entitled "Piece No.6: And They Swore They All Slept Soundly", which was also performed by the Moe!kestra!. The debut disc of Moe!kestra! was released in June of 2003 of two conducted improvisations entitled "Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations". He's currently planning on releasing more Moe!kestra! material in the near future and hope's to write more in the near future. One piece entitled "Piece No.7: An Inescapable Siren Within Earshot Of Hearing Distance Therein And Other Whereabouts", was written for guitars (played with all low E-strings played with a coiled implement), strings, percussion, u-bolts, wine glasses and sirens. He finished writing a new piece that was performed at the San Francisco International Arts Festival called Piece No.8 for strings, percussion and prepared guitar.
Moe! has still not yet gone through any music theory.