The Bob Moog Foundation has announced that EMMY Award Winning composer Alex Wurman will perform a Facebook live stream concert to benefit the Foundation on Saturday, May 9th at 8pm (ET) / 5pm (PT), the eve before Mother's Day in the USA. They tell us that, as part of Moogmentum In Place, Wurman will inspire a worldwide audience with A Sonic Meditation for All Mothers on a Yamaha Disklavier and a Moog Voyager synthesizer. The Bob Moog Foundation says that the performance and accompanying question and answer, which will last approximately an hour, is meant to offer musical solace during these times of difficulty. Here's more details in their own words...
Alex Wurman is a highly versatile composer with a broad musical palette. His varied career has included creating critically-acclaimed music for Oscar®-winning films, supporting comedy with musical punctuation for box office giants, and capturing the essence of brainy ideas for indie films. His music can be heard in the eerie piano melodies of Confessions of A Dangerous Mind, groovy '70's themes for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, contemporary interpretations of French impressionism for Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, and soulful melodies combined with ethereal orchestrations for March of the Penguins. Most recently, Wurman scored Perpetual Grace LTD starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Jimmi Simpson, and Between Two Ferns The Movie, starring Zach Galifianakis, as well as the Amazon Original series Patriot.
Wurman credits his talents to the result of both nature and nurture. He hails from a musical family with generations devoted to the study and performance of music. Alex's father, Hans Wurman, was an arranger and composer who was among the pioneers in the world of electronic music, recording intricate works on the Moog Modular synthesizer, including The Moog Strikes Bach, Chopin A La Moog, Electric Nutcracker and Comic Carmen.
"We are thrilled to have Alex sharing his talents with us for our first offering of the Moogmentum In Place series of livestream events on our Facebook page," noted Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. "His participation brings with it a unique importance due to his father's historical use of the Moog synthesizer and his relationship with Bob Moog. Alex has been performing almost every night for the past several weeks for his friends, offering them a hi-fidelity audio experience that is best appreciated with headphones. These performances have evoked such calm and peace that we felt strongly they should be shared with a wider audience. We all need beauty and serenity in these troubled times, and Alex provides that with exquisite elegance."
"I knew the name Moog before I could throw a ball, but I thought it was a word, not a name," recalls Wurman. "I've only seen the Nutcracker ballet once or twice on stage, but I know the music intimately having heard my father's rendition countless times. When I first met Michelle, it was like meeting a relative I never knew I had. I am thrilled to make a contribution to the Bob Moog Foundation as it represents such a magnificent part of history, and my life."