George Duke to Perform Benefit Concert for Bob Moog Foundation and Miuseum of Making Music


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Jazz, Funk and R&B Legend George Duke and Quartet To Perform Benefit Concert for the Bob Moog Foundation and the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA

On Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7 PM, George Duke--whose very name is synonymous with funk, R&B, pop, soul and jazz and who is heralded as a world class keyboardist, synthesizer pioneer, composer and Grammy award winning producer--will perform an intimate concert with his quartet at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. Proceeds from the concert directly benefit The Bob Moog Foundation and the Museum of Making Music, two organizations whose sympathetic missions and like-mindedness have kindled the exhibition, Waves of Inspiration: The Legacy of Moog, a first-ever look at the life and work of synthesizer innovator, Dr. Robert Moog.

In addition to the proceeds from the concert, several items will be auctioned off during the evening of the concert to raise additional funds for the two organizations.

Tickets to the concert are $75 for the general public and $65 for museum members. Optionally, for $100 guests can enjoy both the concert event AND a special VIP after-party reception with George Duke that will take place following his performance. Attendance is limited.

For tickets and information, please contact the Museum at 760-438-5996 or visit www.museumofmakingmusic.org The Museum is located at 5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad, California, just north of San Deigo.


George Duke is a highly acclaimed keyboardist, synthesist and vocalist who has enjoyed a prolific career as an R&B, funk, jazz and rock musician and as an accomplished composer and producer. He has worked with an array of artists, including: Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Dianne Reeves, George Clinton, Anita Baker, Miles Davis, Denise Williams, Jeffery Osborne, Regina Belle and others.

In the past 40 years, Duke has released over 30 albums as well as appearing on countless other albums. Most recently Duke released Dukey Treats (2008), which highlights his skills as a jazz/funk master and song writer.

George Duke has also worked as musical director at numerous large-scale musical events, including the Nelson Mandela tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in London in 1988. In 1989, he was the interim musical director of NBC's late-night music performance program Sunday Night.


Waves of Inspiration: The Legacy of Moog focuses on Bob's Moog's work and the impact that he had on the world of music. It features rare vintage synthesizers and other related Moog instruments and memorabilia from the Bob Moog Foundation Archives and from various private collections. The exhibit explores the numerous musicians, engineers and colleagues who played a vital role in the evolution of the Moog sound and the relationship between and the inventor/toolmaker and the musician, as well as the genesis of a variety of musical interfaces.


Bob Moog (1934-2005) was a pioneer in the field of electronic music, inventing the Moog synthesizer in 1964. His invention made synthesis accessible to musicians for the first time and in doing so provided them with new realms of sonic expression. The instrument revolutionized the face of music and was used by such early synthesists as Wendy Carlos, Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jan Hammer, and more.

“The Moog synthesizer defined the sounds of progressive rock and was regarded as the best sound in synthesizers. “ - Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) The Moog synthesizer is widely used today in almost every genre of music and continues to be coveted for its rich, warm analog sound and high level of expressiveness.

“Bob Moog was one of the great visionaries of our time. His ideas far transcend just music, and to this day continue to have impact on everything from rock to rap to quantum physics" - Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)

Moog's career spanned over 50 years and his work left an indelible impact on music, musicians and music-lovers alike. Bob Moog's unique legacy is one of expanding musical expression through innovation and inspiring musicians to explore the boundaries of sonic reality. Tens of thousands of musicians worldwide were, and continue to be, inspired by Moog's work, and the sonic palette it provides.

Bob Moog was awarded two GRAMMYs for his work: the NARAS Trustee's Award in 1970 and Award for Technical Achievement in 2002. He also won the Polar Music prize in 2001 from the King of Sweden and numerous other prizes that recognized his contributions.


The Museum of Making Music, a division of the NAMM Foundation, explores the multifaceted history of the American music products industry from its beginnings in the 1890s to today. Located in Carlsbad, California (north San Diego county), the Museum tells stories of hard work, challenge, inspiration and pioneering innovation, and reveals the profound relationship between the industry, popular music, and global culture. For information, please visit www.museumofmakingmusic.org.


The Bob Moog Foundation is a non-profit organization founded upon Moog's passing in August 2005. The mission of the foundation is to educate and inspire children and adults through the power and possibilities of electronic music and through the intersection of science, music and innovation. The foundation has three main projects: preserving and protecting Bob Moog's archives, creating a Student Outreach Program that brings electronic music into the schools, and its hallmark project, the creation of a Moogseum in Asheville, NC, for which it was recently awarded a $600,000 lead grant by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. The Moogseum is planned to open late 2012.

For more information, see www.moogfoundation.org.

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