CHANGING THE IMAGE OF THE ORGAN
"The image of an instrument is ultimately in the person who plays it."
MOVING THE ORGAN FORWARD
"My place... is to do things with the organ that it never would want to do... and for people that didn't know that they wanted to hear it. Which is exactly what's happening".
ON THE ARTIST AS CREATOR
"It's all around us, this musical literality… it's the ecstatic that keeps us thinking for lifetimes."
STYLE AND SEXUALITY
"Ego is such a dirty word, especially in classical music..."
MINUTES BEFORE CURTAIN AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
"A lot of the time, I'm downright frustrated with (the organ). But it gives me something nothing else can."
WHAT IS TRANSCENDENCE?
"...(it) might well shock and terrify... it's a damned good challenge."
ON BEING IN THE MOMENT
"…Then I tend to settle down, usually after throwing things or screaming a bit, and then the work can begin. And so improvisation is this pretty intense thing…"
ON DANCE AND THE ORGAN
"...physical activity and dance is a prerequisite to playing the organ."
ADVOCATING THE DIGITAL ORGAN, Part 1
"How could it be bad to give artists more freedom? This is essentially what I'm asking: more artistic freedom for the organ."
ADVOCATING THE DIGITAL ORGAN, Part 2
"My mandate for the organ is that it be able to be used in any setting in which musical performance would be legitimate."
KILLING ME LOUDLY: ON THE ABDICATION OF THE "KING" OF INSTRUMENTS
A lecture given for the Penny Stamps Speaker Series at the University of Michigan. While the technical details of the touring organ concept have grown and changed, the ethos remains the same: to free the organ from its physical, and perceived, boundaries.
Cameron profiled on Deutsche Welle, Germany's worldwide foreign-language news outlet.
The flamboyant guest in this edition is the first organist ever to be nominated for a Grammy and famous for taking the organ out of the church and into the concert hall. Cameron Carpenter is a virtuoso musician whose mission is to revitalise organ music for the 21st century.
Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/insight-germany/s-30472-9798