Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues/Yes/Refugee)

July 26


$27.50 / $37.50

Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues/Yes/Refugee)

Patrick Moraz, legendary PIANIST / KEYBOARDIST, has a stellar musical history. He was a member of the groups YES and THE MOODY BLUES. Born in Switzerland, Moraz has played and recorded with artists such as Guy Bovet, Chick Corea, The Supremes, Jeff Berlin, Alphonse Mouson, Kazumi Wantanabe, Bunny Brunel, Bill Bruford, among many others. 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.

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In 1974 Patrick became an official member of YES and joined them in composing and recording the album Relayer (1974).  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 “ (1975) also known as  The Story of “ i “, which won the Best Keyboard Album of the Year awarded by Keyboard Magazine in 1976.

Patrick Moraz joined THE MOODY BLUES in 1978 and became an official member in 1980. Patrick composed for and played on Long Distance Voyager (1980) which sold more than 11 million copies! Other Moody Blues albums featuring Patrick’s musical contributions:
The Present (1983), The Other Side Of Life (1986), Sur La Mer (1988) and Keys To The Kingdom (1991).

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, and has composed works for symphony orchestras in Europe.