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From Cameron Carpenter to Walt Disney, 'Hurricane Mama' Exists in an Organ Genre All of its Own

From Cameron Carpenter to Disney, 'Hurricane Mama' Exists in Its Own Organ Genre >>

The organ's sonic capacity to blow out your eardrums is uncanny. Quite possibly the loudest sound on the planet, the Disney organ — affectionately named "Hurricane Mama" by Terry Riley — is of the echelon. So like Cameron Carpenter's most idiosyncratic International Touring Organ, it resonates beyond compare. Cameron Carpenter was recently laughed at on the late night show "@midnight." Guest like Chris Delia coined a new title for the flamboyant musician: "Future Uber Driver." While Cameron might be the butt of the joke, his chops at the sticks is unparalleled. A most resounding musician, he is internationally heralded for his unique talent and expert concoctions on the pipes. But the organ is like a musical skeleton, using breath like the human body to resonate through vocal channels and reverberate off bone. The Disney organ, designed by builder Manuel Rosales and architect Frank Gehry, is a wooden ensemble of pipes that produce an unusual texture and color unlike many of its kind — if any even exist in the same arena.

Chris Hardwick on @midnight Rags on Organist and

Chris Hardwick on @midnight Rags on Organist and 'Future Uber Driver' Cameron Carpenter in Promo Clip >>

Well, Mr. Cameron Carpenter isn't above anyone in pop culture to be made fun of on late night. In the latest from @midnight, guests Chris Delia and company get a little cheeky with the world-renowned organist, hating on his flamboyant good looks.

Final Four: Boston, Detroit and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras with Los Angeles Philharmonic Play World Premieres Nov. 20-21

Boston, Detroit and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras with Los Angeles Philharmonic Play World Premieres Nov. 20-21 >>

Coming from the NPR newswire, four of America's largest orchestras and composers are apparently playing world premieres today, Nov. 20, and tomorrow, Nov. 21 — including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Tonight's performances include: The Boston Symphony Orchestra is premiering "Lakes Awake at Dawn" for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds in joint commission by the BSO and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for Andris Nelsons, who turned 36 Tuesday. Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin conducts his "Endgames." He will also lead a premiere of the "Trombone Concerto," written by his spouse Cindy McTee and featuring DSO principal trombonist Kenneth Thompkins as soloist. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and its music director Gustavo Dudamel celebrate their 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's organ. Tonight they premiere American composer Stephen Hartke's "Fourth Symphony" with organist Cameron Carpenter and soprano Heidi Stober as soloists.

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PHOTOS: Cameron Carpenter Debuts His International Touring Organ with Shostakovich, Fauré at Town Hall in New York City >>

Last week, Classicalite took a stroll on Town Hall Way in Midtown, Manhattan to witness celebrated organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter in-person--touring in support of his Sony Classical debut If You Could Read My Mind (a record that quickly became the top-selling classical album in the United States).

Organist Cameron Carpenter to Perform Music for Horror Film ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ at Symphony Center on Halloween

Organist Cameron Carpenter to Perform Music for Horror Film ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ at Symphony Center on Halloween >>

Maverick organist Cameron Carpenter will perform his original macabre score to 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' during a screening of the classic silent film at Symphony Center on Halloween.

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EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Cameron Carpenter on 'If You Could Read My Mind', His International Touring Organ and Working With Terry Riley >>

We caught up with celebrated organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter last week in Berlin, where he is touring in support of his Sony Classical disc If You Could Read My Mind (a record that quickly became the top-selling classical album in the United States). Having completed his custom-built, $1,000,000 International Touring Organ (ITO), Carpenter finally has the mobility he needs.

Technical Difficulty: Berlin Philharmonie's Schuke Organ Breaks on Cameron Carpenter During 'Organist in Residency' Program

Technical Difficulty: Berlin Philharmonie's Schuke Organ Breaks on Cameron Carpenter During 'Organist in Residency' Program >>

Bad tidings surrounded an unsuspecting Cameron Carpenter during his season opening performance for the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany. With a nearly full hall, the Philharmonie's Schuke organ broke and kept a note perpetually sounding.

After a Top-Selling Release Cameron Carpenter and His International Touring Organ Take NYC's Town Hall

After a Top-Selling Release, Cameron Carpenter and His International Touring Organ Take NYC's Town Hall >>

Flamboyant organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter has been busy supporting his latest release "If You Could Read My Mind," which, on the week of its release, was the top-selling classical album in the U.S. Now, Mr. Carpenter takes to New York City's Town Hall on October 23.

Quite Candid: Cameron Carpenter's 'If You Could Read My Mind' Top-Selling Album in U.S.

Quite Candid: Cameron Carpenter's 'If You Could Read My Mind' Top-Selling Album in U.S. >>

ews came that NPR was streaming organist Cameron Carpenter's upcoming album If You Could Read My Mind, anticipation heightened. Last week, thus, Cameron Carpenter had the top-selling classical album in the U.S., beating Benjamin Grosvenor on Decca records.

Cameron Carpenter's 'If You Could Read My Mind' and his International Touring Organ Hit the Internet

STREAM: Organist Cameron Carpenter's New Sony Classical Album, 'If You Could Read My Mind' >>

We've premiered him before, of course. Namely, the video for Cameron Carpenter's "Alfie" from his Sony Classical debut If You Could Read My Mind. Not that we didn't know, but here on the full stream of CC's International Touring Organ disc is a burnished, almost neo-classical approach to the King's Instrument.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Cameron Carpenter Play "Alfie" on His International Touring Organ >>

The Nigel Kennedy of the King's Instrument, Cameron Carpenter (born Taylor Cameron Carpenter) has taken that violinist's charge to another level, indeed, with his International Touring Organ--ITO, for short. "I want the American Classic cathedral organ to combine with its counterpart, the cinema organ, in a single instrument," Mr. Carpenter says.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces More Films with Live Music for 2014-15: ‘Metropolis,’ ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Films with Live Music 2014-15: ‘Metropolis,’ ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ and ‘Ben-Hur’ >>

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra just announced more films with live music for their upcoming season, with an emphasis on classic silent films: 'Ben-Hur' (1925), 'Metropolis' (1927) and 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' (1920).

Classicalite Recording News: Deutsche Grammophon Releases Avi Avital's Mandolin Showcase, 'Between Worlds' >>

With so many in the classical recording industry talking about saturation of the core classics (no such thing in our opinion!), it is good to see fresh life coming from some of the less well-known instruments. Cameron Carpenter has been blazing trails on the organ for Sony, accordionist Martynas Levickis hit the charts running for Decca and DG has Avi Avital, fast-emerging as a star of the mandolin.

Gay American Organist Cameron Carpenter Liberating the Instrument from Itself >>

"The organ is actually the ultimate example of a public instrument...it can play to the greatest number of people at the lowest cost." -- Cameron Carpenter

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