Debut Album – Blind. So what?

Available on October 20th 2023

As a professional bassist and someone who has been blind since birth, part of Dublin-born/Austria-raised/Boston-based Ciara Moser’s identity has shaped her unique journey through life and music in a profound way. The songs on Blind. So what? explore topics such as the art of memorizing, spatial sense for orientation, trusting others, and the different perceptions that blind people have on the world.

Ciara Moser – a professional bass player from Austria

Ciara sitting with bass
Ciara sitting with bass, credit VALID Magazin

I can’t read music in the visual sense, so I absorb the music directly and imprint it within.

Ciara Moser

Ciara was born 1996 in Dublin Ireland. As a multitalented blind musician playing several instruments she dedicated herself at the age of fourteen to her real love, the bass guitar.

In May 2018 she graduated with a first class honours bachelor degree from the IPOP Department (Institute of Popular Music) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (major: bass guitar).

Having been awarded a full scholarship she took part in the „Women’s Performance Program“ during the “5 week aspire”-summer workshop 2019 at Berklee College of Music, Led by Grammy award winning drummer – Terri Lyne Carrington and the “Berklee Jazz and Gender Justice”-Institute. Following that Ciara studied in the undergrad program at Berklee for one semester and attended the “assistive music technology” course with assistant professor Chi Go Kim.

As one of the 20 annual worldwide full scholarship recipients from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Ciara subsequently graduated from the program in December 2021 with a master’s degree in jazz and contemporary music. She is currently involved in various Band and Studio projects in Boston, New York, Austria and South America.

In summer 2021, 2022 and 2023 Ciara taught bass ensemble and master classes as part of the Berklee faculty at the “Viktor Wooten Summer Workshop” and in 2023 she was a member of the bass faculty at the 5 week aspire program.

January 2022 and 2023, Ciara performed and taught masterclasses at the “Panama Jazz Festival” with Patricia Perez and her band the “Global Jazz Womxn“.

In 2022 Ciara was awarded a place in the jazz “Woodshed Network Residency Program” initiated by Deedee Bridgewater and her Daughter Tulani Bridgewater-Kowalski and a spot in the “Jazz Ahead”-residency program, directed by Jason Moran.

In April 2022 she started performing with 3 time Grammy award winner Danilo Perez at the “Jazz por la Paz”-festival in Santiago, Chile and has ben continuously playing with him in multiple instrumentations all around the globe in countries such as Panama, UK, Italy and Abu Dhabi.

She has been an invited guest on various documentaries and TV-Shows around Austria, including the documentary “Flow – the principle of creativity”, “Vera”, and the “Barbara Karlich” show. She has won multiple awards and Scholarships including the “Josef Ratzenböck” Scholarship, the “Tara – life goes on” award 2017,, the Matt Marvuglio Berklee “Student of the year” award 2022 and the young jazz composers award 2023 by the ascap foundation.

Since March 2020 she has being producing her own podcast “Blind. So What?” about daily life as a blind person and musician examining and clarifying some of the myths therein. Her upcoming debut album entitled “Blind. So what?” will drop on October 20Th 2023.

Since January 2022 Ciara has been employed by the Ensemble and Voice department at Berklee College of Music, Boston. She also teaches “in person” and online lessons in bass, ear training, composition, and music theory.

Upcoming Gigs

Upcoming gigs – Austria Tour 2023 – Ciara and friends

Kellergassenfest – Kirchenwirt, Aschach an der Steyr
October 21St at 8 PM

20-Year-Anniversery, Ipop (institute for popular Music – MDW), Schlosstheater Schönbrunn

October 24Th at 7:30 PM

Tickets: https://www.ipop.at/veranstaltung/20-jahre-ipop-jubilaeumskonzert/

Porgy & Bess, Vienna
October 25Th at 8:30 PM

Tickets: https://www.porgy.at/en/events/11696/

Posthof, Linz
October 28Th at 8:00 PM

Tickets: https://www.posthof.at/programm/musik/soul-funk-rb-hiphop/

Jazzit, Salzburg:
October 30Th at 8:00 PM

Tickets: http://www.jazzit.at/site/index.php?view=details&id=2797:ciara-moser-a-friends

Westbelt united Groove Club, Loop, Vienna
November 2Nd at 10:00 PM

Zwe, Vienna
November 3Rd at 7:30 PM

Kulturzentrum Step, Völkermarkt
November 4Th at 8:00 PM

Past Gigs

Ciara Moser and friends

Global Jazz Club, Boston, MA

July 6th 2022 at 8 pm.

Global Jazz Womxn

Global Jazz Club, Boston, MA

June 1st 2022 at 8 pm.

Danilo Perez Quartett – „Hay Festival“

Hay-on-Way, United Kingdom

May 27th 2022 at 8:30 pm.

Danilo Perez Quartet – „Paradiso Jazz Festival“

San Lazzaro Di Savena, Bolognia, Italy

May 25th 2022 at 9:30 pm.

Craig Jackson Project

Rockwood Music Hall, New York

May 19th 2022 at 8 pm.

Craig Jackson Project

Nublu, New York

May 17th 2022 at 8 pm.

Patricia Perez Ensemble – „Festival Jazz por la paz“

Santiago de Chile, Chile

April 23rd 2022 at 8 pm.

Danilo Perez Ensemble – „Festival Jazz por la paz“

Santiago de Chile, Chile

April 22nd 2022 at 8 pm.

Erin Vadala and her Band
Breaking Sound Boston

Game On, Boston, MA

April 11th 2022 at 9 pm.


Room 623, Harlem, New York

April 2nd 2022 at 8 pm.

Craig Jackson Project

Marians, Brooklyn, New York

March 5th 2022 at 8 pm.

Panama Jazz Festival 2022, Panama City

Performance with „The Global Jazz Womxn“ (led by Patricia Perez) and teaching master classes.

January 9th to January 16th.