Announcing “Moogmentum” Grand Opening Celebration of the Moogseum

Sonic Alchemists Patrick Moraz, Herb Deutsch, Larry Fast, and Lisa Bella Donna Come Together to Honor Bob Moog’s Legacy and the Launch of the Moogseum

We are honored and thrilled to announce “Moogmentum: Synthesizing Innovation, Music, and Creativity“, a three day celebration of the grand opening of the Moogseum, taking place from August 13- 15, 2019.

Tickets to the events go one sale through Eventbrite at 10am on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Events are ticketed individually, and General Admission and VIP packages are offered. VIP packages, which include the two private events with Herb and Patrick, are limited to 25 people. Please read below for a full description of all events.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite here:

Located at 56 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville, NC, our Moogseum features eight interactive, immersive, or technology-driven exhibits that invite visitors to explore Bob Moog’s life and work, delve into the science that he was passionate about, and discover the fascinating 120-year history of sound synthesis.

Moogmentum will kick off at the Asheville Masonic Temple Theater on Tuesday evening, August 13, 2019 with a pair of special events:

  • 7pm: From the Beginning With Herb Deutschin Conversation with Larry Fast – Herb Deutsch, the educator, innovator, and musician who was the catalyst and the co-collaborator on the development of Moog synthesizer in 1964, will talk about his very early days forging new sonic pathways with Bob. Woven into his insights will be listening sessions of the rare “Abominatron Tape“, the 84-minute tape that Bob sent Herb with the prototype in 1964, in which he describes and demonstrates every single parameter of this new sonic creature. Historian, technologist, and musician Larry Fast will serve as moderator. This ticketed event is open to the public. Purchase your ticket here:
  • 9pm: The Story of Bob and i – Legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz (YES, Refugee, The Moody Blues), in conversation with Larry Fast, shares a one-of-a kind synthesis of performance and interview during which he will perform on Bob Moog’s personal piano and on various synthesizers, interspersed with sharing unique insights about the extensive time he spent working closely with Bob in the mid-1970s, and about their decades-long friendship. Rarely seen photos will be woven throughout the concert, as will audio and video from Patrick’s long career.  Historian, technologist, and musician Larry Fast will guide the discussion with Patrick. This ticketed event is open to the public. Purchase your ticket here:

The Moogmentum celebration will continue on Wednesday, August 14th, with:

  • 11:30amGuided tour of the Moogseum with executive director Michelle Moog-Koussa. This event is open to the public, but space is limited. Entry fee to Moogseum is required unless included in ticket package.
  • 2:30pmModulations with Moogs and Moraz – In this intimate VIP event at the Moogseum, (capacity limited to 25 attendees) legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz shares his history integrating Moog synthesizers into his music, while exploring the massive sonic capabilities of those instruments on vintage gear, followed by a Q&A from the audience, and a CD signing. This event is open to VIP ticket holders only. Purchase your VIP ticket here:
  • 3:30pm –4:15pmCD Signing With Patrick Moraz in the Moogseum Store. This event is open to the public.


  • 5pmUnveiling of the Moog Prototype at the Moogseum With Herb Deutsch – Join Herb Deutsch in this intimate VIP event (capacity limited to 25 attendees) in which he will unveil the legendary, rare Moog synthesizer prototype, on loan to the Moogseum from the Henry Ford Museum and seen for the first time at this event. Herb will delve into the capabilities of the prototype, and talk about his experience composing on it, followed by a Q&A. Historian, technologist, and musician Larry Fast will guide the discussion. This event is open to VIP Ticket holders only. Purchase your VIP ticket here:
  • Dinner with Herb Deustch, Patrick Moraz, and Larry Fast – Join three legendary musical figures for this one-of-a-kind reception, seated dinner, and conversation at the exquisite AC Hotel in downtown Asheville, a block away from the Moogseum. Limited to 90 guests. This ticketed event is open to the public. Purchase your ticket here:

On Thursday, August 15th, multi-instrumentalist, composer, modular synthesist, and clinician Lisa Bella Donna will dazzle the Moogentum attendees, and Larry Fast will offer a Keynote Message at the Asheville Music Hall.

  • 11:30am: Synthesizer Alchemy, a Workshop with Lisa Bella Donna  Explore the sonic landscape with dynamic synthesist Lisa Bella Donna in this insightful workshop as she shares the vast possibilities of using a variety of contemporary and vintage synthesizers with various unique effect pedals.  Lisa will lend her decades of experience to share insights into musical and sound design, and take questions throughout the session. A CD signing will follow. This ticketed event is open to the public. Purchase your ticket here:
  • 2pm: Moogmentum Keynote Discussion – Tracing Analog to Digital Historian, technologist, and musician Larry Fast will speak to the early beginnings of Bob Moog’s innovations, and trace the evolution of that technology through to digital synthesis and beyond. He will share samples from his own music and answer questions. A CD signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
  • 4pm: Moogseum Ribbon Cutting – The Asheville Chamber of Commerce celebrates the grand opening of the Moogseum with a champagne toast and tour of the Moogseum with Michelle Moog-Koussa. This event is free and open to the public.
  • 8pm: Sonic Explorations, a Concert with Lisa Bella Donna  Synthesist Lisa Bella Donna will electrify the stage at the Asheville Music Hall by bringing contemporary and vintage synthesizers together for an evening of sound sculpting and sequencing, mixed with improvisational explorations. Join her on the sonic journey that will give voice to the grand opening of the Moogseum. This ticketed event is open to the public. Purchase your tickets here:

The Keynote Discussion, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and Grand Opening Celebration Concert are free to all.


  • From the Beginning with Herb Deutsch, in Conversation with Larry Fast,
  • The Story of Bob and i with Patrick Moraz in Conversation with Larry Fast (both on Tuesday night, August 13th)
  • Synthesizer Alchemy, a Workshop with Lisa Bella Donna,
  • A collector’s item enamel Moogseum pin, and a limited-edition Moogmentum commemorative poster.

VIP Ticket Packages include admission to

Tickets for all other Moogmentum events will be available from Eventbrite at 10am on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Please continue to check this website for exciting updates!