If Cameron Carpenter had made his mark merely by ruffling the feathers of the organ’s stodgy establishment, he’d merit only passing interest. But the 32-year-old virtuoso has taken a sledgehammer to organ conventions while forcing the cloistered organ world to acknowledge his iconoclastic vision. Winner of last year’s prestigious Bernstein Award (Schleswig-Holstein), Carpenter has devoted himself to expanding the organ’s frontiers. Through his numerous transcriptions of non-organ works, collaborations with jazz and pop musicians, and his ambitious original compositions, he ventures into uncharted territory when it comes to technique, repertoire, and presentation. He tops it off with bravura showmanship, presiding over the majestic instrument with all four limbs in furious motion. He shines his musical light in the sacred space of Grace Cathedral with a performance on Grace’s 7500 pipe Cathedral organ. Don’t miss this groundbreaking musician in his SFJAZZ debut.
Cameron Carpenter pipe organ