Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Lift-off for Organ Capers!It isn't often that Martin and I can go out together for an organ 'do' when neither are involved in actively playing, turning, registering or whatever form organ events take. Even listening to an organ concert takes effort.
Tonight is deliciously different: the launch of Martin's new CD, Cardboard Cathedral Organ Capers, is happening at the - you guessed it - Cardboard Cathedral. Kindly church authorities have further extended their hospitality which has oiled the wheels for this latest aural production by offering the Cathedral space for us to invite organ-type chums and the many whom we want to thank for their support in this, and past ventures. We can only count our many blessings; times have been hard but as we have so often found, good comes from bad. Ok - so no old cathedral, but in its place a lovely light, open space with the friendliest welcome you will find anywhere. And a Rodgers organ which thinks it's an orchestra - well, in Martin's hands anyway. How many organists do you know sit with an arrangement of music alongside the original orchestral score on the music desk? So organ imitates orchestra as closely as possible - and what a stunning effect! But he also makes the organ sound like an organ - which is just as well.
I'm always proud of Martin's CD preparation and results, but in this case there is a special feeling that we have crossed a barrier. Previously, post-earthquake, it was a case of trying make music against all the odds in Christchurch. Three years later, we are able to enjoy music for its own sake, and not just as a prop for jaded souls and frustrated, nervy survivors struggling to keep bank balances and spirits from toppling. The music will still calm and soothe - but now it isn't just about survival.
Right now I'm off to do a little capering....
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
It's been a hurricane few weeks of activity but now Martin's new organ CD is ready for the punters! "Cardboard Cathedral Organ Capers" is a slightly new departure for him - no, wait, who am I kidding? It's a BIG departure - the first he has recorded on a digital organ. But it is a biggy - the new Rodgers Infinity organ in the Transitional Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. (In case you haven't caught up with the news yet, Martin's first love, the Rieger Pipe Organ in the Christchurch Town Hall has been put to bed for several years while earthquake repairs on the Town Hall complex are completed around it; the organ itself is just fine, but it has had to be entombed for the duration of the work.)
But Martin can't keep those pinkies still for very long, and after sampling some of the gorgeous sounds on the Rodgers in the Cardboard Cathedral, he couldn't resist compiling a CD that shows off the versatility of this instrument. From the usual battery of conventional organ sounds, through to the orchestral palettes, which include the kitchen department of timpani, Martin has produced 18 tracks of lively and inspiring music that provides something for everyone. We're delighted that at last we have some good news from the city that has been struggling to get to its feet for the past 3 years - and this CD shows that we can still laugh and enjoy music - no matter how it is produced!
Check out the tracklist and how to order from Martin's website or from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
If you'd like to hear a couple of samples, see these YouTube videos:
And Martin's own spoof version of the Wedding march Extraordinaire:
Enjoy the CD - as much as we enjoyed making it!