The organ is one of the most powerful, complex and transformative instruments in the world. Join us as we hear from musicians, composers and enthusiasts about how they are building a more accessible, experimental and collaborative organ future.
Ep. 26 - Raven Chacon: Voiceless Mass
Raven Chacon, an artist with experience in chamber music & caustic noise performance, releases his first composed work for organ & ensemble ”Voiceless Mass”. Listen to this Indigenous American’s first experience performing with the pipe organ as well as his history as a musician and his work with the organization, The Native Americans Apprenticeship Program.
Ep. 25 — Organ+ with Thomas Mellan, FUJITA& John Kameel Farah
Welcome to the third installment of Organ+, a segment of the podcast where we profile artists and performers expanding existing contexts for the organ and creating new ones. Our guests in this episode are:
Thomas Mellan, a composer and the newly minted organist at St Cecilia's Church in Boston, MA. His latest project breaks the mold of what we expect from a congregational player and connects back to his love of the electric guitar.
FUJI||||||||||TA, a performer who accompanies his voice with a keyboardless pipe organ which he built and designed himself.
John Kameel Farah, an artist who blends different keyboard instruments, genres, eras and cultures within live musical experiences, offering challenges and insights into the spaces where they take place.
Ep. 24 — Sandra Boss: Bringing the Organ to the People
Sandra Boss is a composer and sound artist based in Denmark. She is also the creator of the Automatic Organ, an instrument of her own design with a modern midi keyboard controlling old, hand-picked organ pipes that would have otherwise been thrown out. Join us here for an interview with Sandra about the inspiration behind creating the Automatic Organ, and the creative ideas that drive her compositions and performances.
Ep. 23 — Ellen Arkbro: Choreographing Space and Harmony
Ellen Arkbro is a Swedish composer whose search for authenticity in her musical practice led her to the pipe organ. Join us here for an interview with Arkbro about her creative approach to the organ and her abundant musical creativity. Listen to this episode's feature track, 'CHORDS for organ', here: https://ellenarkbro.bandcamp.com/track/chords-for-organ.
Ep. 22 — Razen: Humanistic and Alien Sounds
Razen is a Belgian improvisational group that creates music informed by early music, the unique acoustics of sacred spaces and a deep sense of ritual and connection. The group‘s core members, Brecht Ameel and Kim Delcour, have been involved in this project for more than ten years and they join us here for an interview about their creative process, the importance of acoustics and how they incorporate the pipe organ‘s complex historical context into their sound.
Ep. 21 — Amina Claudine Myers: In Music
Amina Claudine Myers is an, Organist, Pianst, Vocalist, Composer, Master Improvisationalist, Actress and Educator. She joins us here for an interview about her incredible life as a musician, and her yet-to-be-released Improvisational Suite, featuring the pipe organ. Amina‘s music gives us a glimpse into what’s possible when a pipe organ is wielded by someone with a wide range of influences, and an unbridled, wild creativity.