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Art of Moog: 21st Century Bach

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Saint Giles in the Fields Church

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WC2H 8LG

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ART OF MOOG: 21ST CENTURY BACH

Art of Moog plays the music of baroque super-composer J S Bach on cutting-edge analogue and digital synthesizers. A fascinating melding of 18th century style with 21st century technology, colourful and quirky, often mesmerising and moving.

The Concert
This unique concert takes place on the anniversary of Bach's birthday and also the 2020 European Early Music Day. In a move more reminiscent of 70s prog-rock than 80s electronica Art of Moog will (for one night only!) be duetting with acclaimed recital organist Andrew Benson-Wilson on the church's outstanding baroque organ.

Expect familiar favourites like Toccata in D minor, Sleepers Wake and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring in new electronic arrangements, alongside hypnotic reworkings of the Goldberg Variations and the Well-Tempered Clavier - the 18th century's most experimental and audacious music.

Art of Moog members standing against a wall with synthesizers between them


Art of Moog was formed by harpsichord and synth player Robin Bigwood with fellow classically-trained musicians Steven Devine, Annabel Knight and Martin Perkins, and made its debut in the 2018 Bach Weekend at Kings Place in London.

In the ‘day job’ these musicians 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 even an Akai wind-synth, to create scintillating soundscapes and atmospheres undreamt of 300 years ago. They’ve since played in a wide range of city and summer festivals, to audiences of classical specialists and electronica aficionados alike.

Steven Devine playing synths and Annabel Knight playing EWI

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.

Find out more including performance videos at www.artofmoog.com



Reviews of Art of Moog gigs

‘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

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



FAQs

Do I have to be into classical music to enjoy this?
Not really, but if you are, great! There's something about Bach's music that means it works really well on electronic instruments, and many people who've come to Art of Moog gigs have enjoyed the soundscapes and textures without having ever attended a classical concert before. Like in a pop gig, Art of Moog musicians talk to the audience a lot, and definitely don't take themselves too seriously.

What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?
Please come by bus or tube. St Giles is at the heart of London's west end between Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia. It's about a minute to walk from Tottenham Court Road station (Central & Northern lines) and just a few minutes walk from Leicester Square (Northern & Piccadilly lines) and Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).

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