The Bob Moog Foundation has announced an exhibit spotlighting famed keyboardist Patrick Moraz, to be shared at ProgStock 2023. Here's the full details in their own words...
The Story of Moraz: The Life of a Music Genius explores over 70 years of Moraz's musical journey, and will be available exclusively to festival ticket holders. The exhibit features photos from Moraz's personal collection coupled with an extensive personal narrative, as well as his 1974 Minimoog and 2004 Moog Voyager synthesizers, which Moraz will also use in concert during the performance. Both synthesizers are on loan to the exhibit from synthesizer collector Lee Keeley.
Patrick Moraz is a virtuoso keyboardist renowned for his prodigious career with Mainhorse, Refugee, Yes, The Moody Blues, and Moraz-Bruford, as well as for scoring 37 films, releasing a multitude of solo albums, and working with Bob Moog in the mid-1970s on the Polymoog and Micromoog synthesizers. In 1976, Keyboard magazine awarded his solo album I (aka The Story of I) Best Keyboard Album of the Year. In 2019, he performed at Moogmentum, the grand opening celebration of the Moogseum.
"The Bob Moog Foundation is honored to be shining a light on Patrick's immense talents and his long, storied career through The Story of Moraz exhibit," noted Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. "His life and work are a rich tapestry of prodigiousness, creativity, prolificness, and collaboration. He is beloved by fans the world over, and he shared a very special working relationship and friendship with Bob Moog. We are proud to bring his story alive at ProgStock."
ProgStock Festival, The American Northeast's only international progressive rock festival, will take the stage at the Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey, October 6 - 8, 2023, with a separately ticketed preshow on October 5th.
Performers include AD ASTRA, Travis Larson Band, The Mahavishnu Project, Erik Norlander, Aziola Cry, Randy McStine, Matt Dorsey Band, Rachel Flowers, Dave Kerzner Band, Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear, Mystery, Unitopia, and special guest appearances by: Patrick Moraz of Yes and The Moody Blues, Michael Sadler of SAGA, and Joe Deninzon of Kansas.
Bob Moog Foundation Plaza will host some of the most unique and
memorable happenings at ProgStock, led by Robeone (Robert Schindler). Michelle Moog-Koussa, founder and Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, will host a reading from the biography of Bob Moog by Albert Glinsky, "Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution."
Fine art exhibits and features will be provided by Paul Whitehead, album cover artist for Genesis, and a fan favorite at ProgStock; Annie Haslam of Renaissance, Intuitive Abstract Expressionist; Deane Arnold, the world-renowned pumpkin sculptor featured on the Food Network; and Michael Bennett, fine artist and organizer of ProgDay.
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