patrick moraz Archive

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Concerts

I attended slightly fewer concerts in 2019 than in previous years. But quality more than offset quantity. Below are brief recaps of my favorites, with links to further reading. (all photos ©  Bill Kopp and/or Audrey Hermon Kopp) Lake Street Dive – Jan 8, The Orange Peel I take special interest in artists whose work

Patrick Moraz and the Poetry of Creation

Swiss keyboard virtuoso Patrick Moraz was one of the earliest musicians to explore the sonic possibilities of the synthesizer. He combined those explorations with more conventional instrumentation – grand piano, organ – as a member of Refugee (with former members of the Nice) and then with Yes, and later still with the Moody Blues. He

Album Review: Moraz & Friends – Random Kingdom

In 1976, Swiss keyboard virtuoso Patrick Moraz released his debut solo album, The Story of I. In the midst of a successful run as keyboardist for Yes – he’s all over Relayer – and a few years after leading Refugee with former members of the Nice, Moraz crafted an album that combined what we might

Patrick Moraz: MAPping Out the Future, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Speaking of Moog, the K2000 dates from the period when Dr. R.A. (Bob) Moog was doing work for Kurzweil; he actually created many of the sounds for the K2000. Patrick Moraz: Even farther back – in 1975, forty years ago! – I had recorded the backing tracks for The

Patrick Moraz: MAPping Out the Future, Part One

Quick: name a famous Swiss rock musician. Okay, a few of you might be able to name-check Celtic Frost, Brainticket, or Yello. But for those who aren’t hopeless music nerds, there’s pretty much only one answer: Patrick Moraz. The keyboard virtuoso first came to fame – in the rock idiom, anyway – as a member