Online ARP 2600 Synthposium, Featuring Jean-Michel Jarre, Coming Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of ARP founder Alan R. Pearlman, is holding the ARP 2600 Synthposium this Saturday.

The ARP 2600 Synthposium will be held on September 18th at 11AM EST at The Record Co. in Boston MA, and streamed live on YouTube via Eventbrite. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ARP 2600, and will feature presentations, performances, panel discussions and more.

All proceeds will benefit the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation and the ARPs For All Project. Ticketing and other information is available at the Foundation site.

Jean-Michel Jarre & his ARP 2500

Beginning with a keynote from ARP co-founder David Friend and opening statements by Dina Pearlman and acclaimed synthesist Jean-Michel Jarre, the event will focus on the ARP 2600, the iconic synthesizer that brought semi-modular synthesis to performers and educators around the world.

The Synthposium will feature panel discussions, musical performances, and interviews with artists, former ARP employees, engineers and more. Participants will be able to interact live with panelists via chat.

Panelists include:

Alsún Ní Chasaide, Alison Stout, Antonio Guitterez (Antonus) BT, Brian Kehew, David Baron, David Friend, David Frederick Jr, David Mash, DJ CherishtheLuv, EMEAPP, Jack Hotop, Jennifer Hruska, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jon Carin, Korg, Lisa Bella Donna, Marie Ann Hedonia, Michael Bierylo, Michael Brigida, Richard Boulanger, Richard Devine, Steve McQuarry, Tom Piggott

The event will include new and exclusive content by:

Alex Ball (video performance), Berklee Ensemble (video performance), Bill T. Miller (video performance), David Van Pelt (video performance), DJ CherishtheLuv (video performance + interview), Don Slepian (video performance + demo), EMEAPP (video performance + Live Stream), Ernesto Romeo (video performance + demo),Renzo Torti Forno (video performanc),, Glen Harlock (2600 video patchbook)*, Jennifer Hruska (video performance with ensemble), Jim Mitchmerhuizen (interview excerpt), Lisa Bella Donna (video performance), Marie Ann Hedonia (video performance + interview), Steve McQuarry (video performance + interview)

There will also be a silent auction starting on Thursday, September 16th with a variety of hardware and software synthesizers, books, t-shirts, and other prizes available.

“We are incredibly excited to bring this event to life, with the help of our wonderful friends and partners at The Record Co.” said Dina Pearlman, ARP Foundation founder and daughter of Alan R. Pearlman. “We are overflowing with awesome content for 2600 fans, and we can’t wait to share it with all our generous donors and participants.”

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