The Moog Music Lifetime Achievement Award, also known as “The Bob,” is given to artists who have advanced the field of electronic music, especially through the use of Moog instruments. After the first-ever Bob Awards were given during last year’s Moogfest, Moog Music has once again announced the winners of this prestigious award, to be presented at Moogfest 2007 at B.B. King’s in New York City on Saturday, September 22.
Moog Music congratulates Herb Deutsch and Gershon Kingsley, this year’s recipients of The Bob. They follow in the footsteps of Jan Hammer and Keith Emerson, who were presented with the inaugural awards at last year’s show.
Deutsch worked alongside the late Robert Moog to develop the first-ever Moog synthesizer. More than 40 years later, he remains active playing piano, Theremin and saxophone. Deutsch recently released a CD titled From Moog to Mac, showcasing his work as a composer.
“The Bob honors those musicians who played or contributed to Moog instruments in ways that advanced the art,” says Mike Adams, president of Moog Music. “Herb has spent a lifetime advancing the art. Moog’s technical innovations evolved into more useful musical instruments as a result of Herb’s relationship with Bob.”
Kingsley led the First Moog Quartet and was one of the first performers to use a Moog synthesizer in a live performance. His albums, including Kaleidoscopic Vibrations and Music to Moog By, represent some of the greatest Moog-based music compositions of all time.
According to Moog Music, the late Bob Moog was quoted as saying, “Gershon became a master of the Moog, and his creativity and musical intelligence enabled him to become one of the best-known synthesizer musicians of his time.”
Moogfest will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City (www.bbkingblues.com). Tickets for this event, produced by Charles Carlini of the Carlini Group, are $45 and are available through B.B. King’s box office (tel. 212/997-4144) and all Ticketmaster outlets.