Moogfest 2014 – Asheville, North Carolina

Some of you visiting my music blog may have seen this banner ad for Moogfest 2014.

Moogfest is an electronic music festival that will be staged and delivered in Asheville, North Carolina where the Moog Music Factory is based. Asheville was also the home for the last thirty years of his life to Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and founding father of electronic music.

Moogfest is the annual event that honors the remarkable vision of Robert Moog and his amazing musical inventions that changed the course of music, and celebrates Bob Moog’s legacy as a sonic pioneer.

The first wave of artists who will be performing has been announced. Electronic Music Pioneers KRAFTWERK 3-D will present 3 Concerts at Moogfest 2014.

CHIC featuring music super producer Nile Rodgers also to headline. Plus exclusive live performances from legendary composer Giorgio Moroder and artist Laurie Anderson.

Other Nighttime Performers Include, RJD2Soul ClapDaedalusDan DeaconGas Lamp KillerGreen VelvetSashaArt DepartmentEscort and A Rare Performance From UK’s Darkstar.

There are 70+ More Artists Still To Be Announced,  Who can it be now? Stay tuned.

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Grandmasters Unite in Tokyo

English: Keith Emerson 日本語: キース・エマーソン
English: Keith Emerson 日本語: キース・エマーソン (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s blog post is inspired from a photograph that captures the inherent joy evident inside the music of our hearts. Standing together these musical legends are joined in common bond of the Moog synthesizer and music composition.

The Grandmasters pictured below from left to right are Maestro Sachio FujiokaTakashi YoshimatsuIsao Tomita, and Keith Emerson. This conclave of wizards took place at the Orchestral “Tarkus” Concert in Tokyo.

According to the Official Keith Emerson Website:

Keith Emerson attended the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra‘s performance of “Tarkus” in Tokyo on March 20th, 2013 to celebrate the 60th birthday of a renowned composer, Mr. Takashi Yoshimatsu, who arranged “Tarkus”. His arrangement was used on the weekly epic drama on national TV station, “Tairano Kiyomori” in Japan last year. This will be the first time Keith hears this particular version of orchestral “Tarkus” performed live by a full orchestra.

The concert was held at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall on March 20, 2013

Tarkus – Classic Meets Rock

This is a fantastic composition performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Takashi Yoshimatsu has extended Tarkus creating a further masterpiece in the process.

Should you wish to listen to the original work Tarkus by Emerson, Lake and Palmer I strongly urge you to avail yourself of the Deluxe Edition. It has been remastered by yet another wizard of progressive rock, Steven Wilson. Listen to it in 5.1 surround sound.

This is my signed copy of the original audio CD by Carl Palmer.

Tarkus Signed By Carl Palmer

This Grandmaster’s photograph has also rekindled my interest in Tomita. I listened happily today to his classic recording, Snowflakes Are Dancing. I was reminded how picturesque and poetic Tomita’s Moog synthesizer compositions are to the music of our heart. One of the great treasures of all time is Isao Tomita.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer – 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Continuing with the progressive rock music theme, MusicOfOurHeart turns its focus to the super group, Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

It was Scott Muni‘s radio show Things from England that turned me on to Emerson, Lake and Palmer in November, 1970. When he played “Take A Pebble” from their first album, I was forever convinced.


 ELP is a group I have yet to experience live in concert. I saw the Carl Palmer Band  perform at Toads Place in New Haven on June 1, 2006 .  Carl Palmer was very personable as we spoke with him before and after the show.

Then three+ weeks later, June 24, 2006 I got to witness the Keith Emerson  Band at the very same venue.  It was ironic their paths did not pass closer. Keith Emerson outdid himself on Moog Synthesizer and keyboards. His concert was a very exciting event.

I then saw Keith Emerson and Greg Lake at the Ridgefield Playhouse on May 8, 2010. It was an intimate evening  where both artists performed, answered questions and looked very relaxed. So this is the closest I  have been yet to ELP live in concert via these three concerts.

 Last I knew Emerson, Lake and Palmer were contemplating a North American Tour but  nothing has materialized yet. I have my fingers crossed for a 2012  ELP US tour.

 The good news is that the historic Emerson, Lake and Palmer High Voltage  Festival  headliner concert is now available  on DVD. This extraordinary 40th anniversary reunion concert was held on July 25, 2010 at Victoria Park,  in London, England. Here is a taste of that concert from the DVD promo.

I ordered this DVD on amazon today. I’ll let you know how it is later in the week 😉