An improvisation in Paris

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).

The video was first posted on Facebook (which is where most of the comments can be found):

The Hope for brass band, organ and percussion

Part I of The Hope, composed in 2001 in memory of the battle of Copenhagen, is now on YouTube:

I’ve made a slideshow-video using different pictures of the battle of Copenhagen.

Performed by the Royal Danish Navy Band (Søværnets Tamburkorps), conducted by Ib Myrner, and myself (organ).

The whole piece can also be downloaded for free (MP3 and Lossless).

Danse Macabre (Dance of Death)

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.

More info and MP3/Lossless downloads HERE

More dark classical music

New album release on November 21st

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:

Like a Flame Album cover

Like a Flame Album cover