It is often said of the forceful that they take no prisoners, and if that’s true, then Cameron Carpenter lays waste to the village as well.
Carpenter is one of the most interesting classical musicians working today, not least because he’s carved out a remarkable and hugely busy career as a virtuoso on the organ, an instrument usually associated with church, and for whose associated culture the 32-year-old musician has little patience. A prodigious performer, arranger, composer and showman, Carpenter marries the flamboyance of Virgil Fox with the seriousness of Wynton Marsalis, and he is well on his way to giving the King of Instruments a whole new birth of the cool, starting with the instrument itself.
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