Art of Moog

Art of Moog performs the music of J S Bach, live, on synthesizers.

Live showreel:

‘The Lab Sessions 2019’ – Prelude in E minor:

In the studio (with the Moog System 55 modular synthesizer):

‘The Lab Sessions 2019’ – Truly Madly Moogy:

About

Art of Moog plays the music of J S Bach on cutting edge analogue and digital synthesizers.

The band, formed by harpsichord and synth player Robin Bigwood with fellow classically-trained musicians Steven Devine, Annabel Knight and Martin Perkins, made its debut in the 2018 Bach Weekend at Kings Place in London. In the ‘day job’ they play with some of the UK and Europe’s best orchestras and ensembles, have made award-winning solo recordings, and recorded soundtracks for Harry Potter and Wes Anderson movies. But in Art of Moog they swap old instruments for an array of Moogs, Nords, Rolands, vocoders, guitar pedals and an Akai wind-synth, to create scintillating soundscapes and atmospheres undreamt of 300 years ago. They’ve since played in a whole range of city and summer festivals, to audiences of classical specialists and electronica aficionados alike, to great critical acclaim.

Bach on synths has of course been done before: Wendy Carlos’s much-loved studio album Switched-on Bach notched up its 50th anniversary in 2018. But Art of Moog is different. Looking more like a Kraftwerk gig than a classical concert, and with boundary-crossing audience appeal, this is live synth-Bach with completely new levels of insight, and unsurpassed standards of performance.


‘…a special charm, as if stern old Bach had been sprinkled with fairy dust.’
The Telegraph

‘It was a delightful hour spent revisiting the past… This re-creation of pioneering work… invited a lighthearted, joyous reaction.’
MusicOMH 4.5*

‘Fine musicians… practiced in the subtle arts of the baroque… unleashed on the most up to date technological musical instruments. I was in bliss… a beautifully refined and strangely moving concert.’
Gscene

Concerts

2021

8th January, 4pm: ‘Truly, Madly, Moogly’
Online (Zoom) synthesizer demonstration with Robin Bigwood.
Part of Baroque at the Edge  Tickets (£5+booking fee)

9th January, 9.30pm: ‘Bach’s Friends Electric’
A filmed online concert from LSO St Luke’s, London
Part of Baroque at the Edge  Tickets (£10+booking fee)

2022

17th January: Valletta Baroque Festival, Malta

Past Concerts
2018

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire International Early Music Festival
Kings Place London 
Bach Weekend & 10th anniversary celebrations

2019

The Cello Factory, London Waterloo Festival
Antenna Studio, London Classical Transmission
Astor Theatre, Deal, UK
Deal Music and Arts Keyboard Evolution Weekend
St Dunstan’s Church, Snargate, UK JAM on the Marsh
Gresham Centre, London
London Bach Society Bachfest
St Martin’s Church, Brighton, UK Brighton Early Music Festival

2020

31st January, 1pm: Barber Institute, Birmingham, UK

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