CAMERON CARPENTER – At Davies Symphony Hall, May 2nd

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Witness the talent of Cameron Carpenter, who is intent on bringing the organ into the 21st century. Juilliard-trained and Grammy®-nominated organist Carpenter mixes musicianship with showmanship for an unforgettable performance of traditional repertoire as well as music from film scores, jazz, and disco. His efforts have stirred hearts — and controversy. From David Bowie to Madonna, today’s most enduring musicians emerge as part of a revolution in their field, and evolve into leadership as their careers develop. CAMERON CARPENTER’S first album for Telarc® – REVOLUTIONARY – was that in many ways: the first solo organ album ever to be nominated for a GRAMMY®; a level of acclaim for an organist that has not been seen in decades; an album—both DVD and CD—made on a ground-breaking virtual pipe organ; and an eight-month international tour celebrating its release.
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Cameron Carpenter is a popular concert hall artist. Performing with with pop singers like Vinicio Capossela and Bishi, he is a frequent guest soloist with international symphony orchestras and enjoys a career that in only three years has taken him to Royal Albert Hall (London), Melbourne Town Hall (Australia), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Capella (St. Petersburg), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Davies Hall (San Francisco), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Philharmonic Hall (Cologne), and Philharmonic Hall (Berlin). In the same time, his concert schedule takes him to Trinity Church Wall Street (New York), the Cathedral of Lausanne (Switzerland), St. Matthias Church (Berlin), the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin (Times Square, New York), and First Congregational Church (Los Angeles).

On May 2nd of 2009, Cameron appeared at St. Agnes Church in San Francisco where he was presented a Proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom. See the interview I did with him the week before: CAMERON CARPENTER – Up Close and Personal

Only an organist can have such a double career – concert hall and church – and also a major recording career; and only Cameron Carpenter is in such high demand throughout the world. He is now evolving into a musician famous for the music of J.S. Bach, including The Well-Tempered Clavier, transcribed by him for the organ. He is also renowned for playing Chopin’s Études on the organ; for his Gershwin arrangements (with Daniel Powers) for organ and orchestra; for his improvisations, original major works that he invents in real time; and soon—as a composer—for two original concertos for organ and orchestra, one commissioned by an American and one by a European orchestra. His second Telarc® two-disc album – CAMERON LIVE! – includes a DVD shot in HD at a Wurlitzer organ with a crew of ten and three cameras. CAMERON LIVE! releases on June 1, 2010. At over two hours of playing and commentary, it is the most audacious and spontaneous feature-length classical DVD ever made. The CD is the live recording of Cameron’s 2009 New York recital of major Bach organ works and the world premiere recording of his own Serenade and Fugue on B.A.C.H.

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EXCALIBUR — a project of Torrence/Yaeger Virtual Pipe Organs

Starting in the 2010/2011 season, Cameron Carpenter will tour with a dedicated, importable virtual pipe organ. Named Excalibur—for the sword of Arthurian legend—this monumental cross-genre organ is designed to present, at any venue, the breadth of Cameron’s repertoire and performance styles. Because it is his personal instrument, Cameron enjoys an ongoing closeness with it that is not possible with site-specific organs. Furthermore, it contains a number of special features not available on other organs, including a pedal keyboard one octave larger than normal. The organ, including the console, is entirely modular, allowing for easy load-in and load-out. The organ’s sound system is a large complement of highly specific professional audio speakers; while large, it is configured for richness and dimensionality, rather than merely volume. It is always voiced to the venue during the course of setup, and its output (and acoustical modeling, where desirable) is scalable to its environment. Thus the organ is equally successful in clubs, small halls, and intimate venues, as well as concert halls, large festival settings, reverberant spaces, and semi-outdoor auditoriums. Designed by Cameron Carpenter and built as a project of Torrence/Yaeger Virtual Pipe Organs, excalibur makes it possible for listeners to experience a great organist on a newsworthy organ—no matter what the venue. A laboratory of change, indeed.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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