Sony Classical is delighted to announce an exclusive long term and multi-album contract with organist Cameron Carpenter and the international release of his debut Sony album to be recorded on his new touring organ for 2014 release.
The album will combine a variety of Cameron’s famous transcriptions and settings of classical and modern music - including a cycle of "song treatments" ranging from the American Songbook to the present day - with a world premiere recording of Cameron Carpenter's new work for organ, Music for an Imaginary Film (2013).
In addition to the audio album, the release will include a DVD examining Cameron’s work, his touring organ dream, and its path from vision to reality. (A formal announcement of the documentary and television partners will be made separately).
Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical, said: "Cameron is one of the very very few artists who could even contemplate a project like this. With his charisma, his mind-boggling virtuosity, the ability to create original music for himself and others but above all his vision for a new organ he will give the most majestic and all-encompassing of instruments a new place on the world's stages. We are tremendously excited to be his partners as the touring organ begins its journey."
At the same time, Cameron Carpenter, announces the Spring 2014 launch of his long-awaited International Touring Organ; his March 9, 2014 launch festival at Lincoln Center.
Currently under construction in the USA, the organ consists mainly of a modular five-keyboard console; a massively parallel processing system utilizing samples from several organs key to Cameron’s artistic development; and a proprietary “geographic” concert audio system scalable to the largest concert halls, medium alternative venues such as nightclubs, open-air use, and television. Built by digital organ pioneers Marshall & Ogletree LLC of Needham, MA, the touring organ will allow Cameron’s repertoire – already legendary for its diversity, from the complete works of Bach, Franck and Liszt to hundreds of transcriptions of orchestral, piano and vocal music, film music and jazz – to expand in ever more compelling directions.
“My vision is to keep the best of the classical organ – its emotional magnitude, its sonic range, its coloristic drama – but to liberate these from the pipe organ’s immobility, its moving parts, its cost, its institutionality. I want to the “American Classic” cathedral organ to combine with its counterpart, the cinema organ, in a single instrument. It has to have the cathedral organ’s expansiveness, and the Wurlitzer’s rapidity and audacity. It will be ethereal and rhythmless at times – and at other times more rhythmically intense than any pipe organ in the world.”
Cameron will officially open the organ on March 9, 2014 in a day-long festival at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Produced by Columbia Artists Music LLC, the festival includes two full-length concerts among other events. The introduction of the organ on one of the most important American stages is only to be expected from Cameron’s American management CAMI Music LLC, where Cameron's manager Toby Tumarkin says "Cameron is one of the most daring artists with whom we've ever worked. Our Lincoln Center launch festival will be a perfect showcase not only of this historic organ but also the depth and breadth of Cameron's artistry." Following the launch, the organ will be flown to Europe in advance of an extensive May 2014 tour of major European concert halls, including the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, and many others.
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