Patrick will be playing works from his solo albums as well as music from his former bands.
As a “Citizen of the World,” PATRICK MORAZ is the only musician to have been an official member of YES, THE MOODY BLUES, REFUGEE and also his own first group MAINHORSE with his very good friend and excellent bass player Jean Ristori.
In his early years, having studied with music masters as diverse as Nadia Boulanger, John Lewis (MJQ) and Stephane Grappelli, Patrick won several #1 awards at European Jazz Festivals, and with his own quartet was invited to open for the John Coltrane quartet.
Later on, he formed his own band, MAINHORSE, then the group REFUGEE along with former members of THE NICE, Lee Jackson and Brian Davison.
In 1974 Patrick became an official member of YES and joined them in composing and recording the album Relayer. His years with YES were some of the most extraordinary for him and the band, playing to sold out arenas and stadiums internationally. During his time in YES, he composed and recorded his first solo album entitled ” i ” – also known as – The Story of ” i ,” which won the Best Keyboard Album of the Year awarded by Keyboard Magazine in 1976.
Patrick was invited to play with THE MOODY BLUES in 1978 after recording 3 solo albums, and the album Coexistence with one of the greatest Pan-Pipe Flute virtuosos, Simeon “Syrinx” Stanciu. Moraz became a member of THE MOODY BLUES during the recording of Long Distance Voyager in 1980. The album sold more than 11 million copies! Patrick also composed for and recorded on the 1983 studio album The Present, as well as the highly successful The Other Side Of Life (1986) and Sur La Mer (1988) albums, and their 1991 Keys To The Kingdom album.
During the mid-’80s, Patrick Moraz and drummer Bill Bruford joined forces to create and record under the name of Moraz-Bruford, a unique and successful partnership. They recorded Music for Piano & Drums as well as Flags, in addition to 2 other live albums, Live in Tokyo and Live in Maryland.
After several solo concerts in the Far East and Japan, and having recorded his first solo piano album Windows of Time in 1993, Patrick made the bold decision to play solo piano concerts booked directly via the Internet, which was just in its infancy at this point. He named the tour “CHAT (Coming Home America Tour)” and became one of the first artists to ever book tours in this way.
Patrick Moraz has never stopped composing and developing new ideas and concepts, including his now famous Future Memories Live on TV and Future Memories II, all instantly composed LIVE in front of 3 TV cameras! The instruments were ranging from one grand piano, to 7 keyboards and even up to 29 keyboards. Future Memories II won the 5th Award at the Golden Rose Festival in Montreaux in 1985.
By the beginning of the 21st century, he was composing works for symphony orchestras in Europe, giving master classes, and participating in conferences at universities and other institutions.
To date Patrick Moraz has released more than 20 solo albums, multiple live concerts videos and more than 35 film scores, including the “Grand-Prix du Jury” of the Cannes Film Festival, for L’invitation. In 2015 he released his latest CD called The “M.A.P.” also known as The Moraz Alban Project.
In 2016, Patrick was invited by UNESCO-USFUCA to take part in a worldwide charity project. He contributed and performed a music piece and poem, sung and spoken by Annie Haslam, singer of the group Renaissance. Alongside 300 artists, a major work of 45 different pieces was created under the name Action Moves People- United. Patrick was a Unesco 2017 Special Guest at the IMUN International Youth Conference in Frederick, MD and presented his insights on “CREATIVITY, A.I. & TECHNOLOGY”