Here is a video with a free improvisation I played on the wonderful Aristide Cavaillé-Coll/Joseph Merklin organ in L’èglise Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts in Paris.
I was in Paris last week. Taking a walk in the late afternoon, just relaxing and enjoying the city after a meeting, I passed by L’èglise Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts. They have a magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ, and so I decided to walk in and ask if I could play it, and I could! The church was very kind to allow me to do so. A random stroll down the streets of Paris turned in to an encounter with this beautiful pipe organ from 1894.
I played a few free improvisations, and decided to record it with my phone placed on the organ console. So this is a real “home video”, recorded just for myself and not meant to be released, but then today I thought… why not? And so you’ll hear me sing along (out of tune! 😉 and you’ll see me struggle to find the right registrations and couplers by trial and error (I had only been at the organ for about 10 minutes when I recorded this). It’s just me, trying out and enjoying the wonderful Cavaillé-Coll without a care in the world.
The music is of course 100% improvised (inspired by the French school), and the free improvisation can probably best be described as a slowly evolving “meditative” toccata. Don’t expect anything complex in any way, it’s just a walk in Paris…
PS: the tracker keyboard action and the registration changes are very audible, especially the registers closest to the phone (some of them just a couple of cm away).
With Halloween drawing closer, it’s the season for dark, ghostly music and scary images so here’s an excerpt of ‘Cortège & Danse Macabre” (Procession and Dance of Death) from the symphonic suite ‘Cantabile’ – now on YouTube. As performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, at the premiere performance in 2009.
My next album “Like a Flame” will finally be released in ten days – on November 21st – by the Swedish record company Proprius Music! It’s a double album with 23 of my own works performed on the pipe organ in Jørlunde church.
In the week following November 21st, where I’m holding a “CD release concert” in Jørlunde church at 16:00 (4 pm), it will be available in most of Scandinavia, with the rest of the world following soon after. But I will post the specific release dates for each country/region as soon as I know myself.
Here’s a sneak peek at the cover, created by Michel Winckler-Krog: