Art of Moog performs Bach, live, on synthesizers.
Art of Moog’s official debut will take place in London, in April 2018. It’s part of the 2018 Bach Weekend at Kings Place.
King’s Place, London
Saturday 14th April 2018, 9.15pm Tickets
You can also catch a preview performance at the Birmingham International Recorder and Early Music Festival, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham
Friday 16th February 2018, 10.00pm Tickets
Stay tuned for more concert dates…
Bach on synths has been done before – Wendy Carlos’s seminal Switched-on Bach notches up its 50th anniversary in 2018. But Art of Moog is all about genuine live performance, by UK players who are also harpsichordists, steeped in baroque tradition.
Robin Bigwood (director, programming)
Robin’s love of synths dates back to childhood days listening to Jarre, Vangelis, Tomita and Carlos, and lusting after a Moog Prodigy in a shop window in Bath. Drawn to the musically quirky ever since, he got his harpsichord chops down at the Royal College of Music in London, and now feels equally at home with keyboard instruments plucked, hammered and phat (cough). One day he hopes to own a Yamaha CS-80, and a house big enough to put it in.
Martin Perkins (synths)
Martin grew up in the age of the Yamaha DX7, wishing he could afford an E-mu Emulator, but only managing a Casio PT-1. Whilst studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, his interest in unusual keyboard instruments led him down the murky road to early music, and he is now more often to be found playing harpsichord or fortepiano than anything which needs mains electricity. He makes a gracious exception when it comes to this lot.
Steven Devine (synths)
Steven spent his formative years at Chethams School of Music avoiding taking the piano seriously by playing anything else. This led to some very serious wasted time with a Yamaha DX7 and also trying to make an Atari ST talk to it. Eventually the harpsichord room, which was much nicer than the electronic music studio, became a more regular haunt and now Steven divides his time between conducting all sorts of repertoire and playing harpsichord, early piano and organ for all sorts of people and groups.
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