Cameron Carpenter

Email a Friend

Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 8, 2010

Organist Cameron Carpenter has made a name for himself as much for his flashy, colorful presentation off-stage as for his dazzling diplays of virtuosity on-stage. There is never a question, however, of any sacrifice in artisty or humility before the music. From the now legendary performance, a Youtube-sensation, of Chopin's Revolutionary Étude to the behind-the-scenes look into the making of his recent CD/DVD, what resonates most vibrantly is a craftsman at the peak of his powers, meticulous in his execution and convinced of his mission.

In this recent, critically acclaimed performance from (Le) Poisson Rouge, Carpenter teams up with recent Juilliard graduate and Count Basie Orchestra drummer, Marion Felder, to present a diverse program of Gershwin, Coltrane, Chopin and Bach.

Listen to the entire concert from (Le) Poisson Rouge above or sample excerpts below, and don't forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes.

(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Noriko Okabe.


Cameron Carpenter opens his show with a rousing rendition of John Coltrane's A Moment's Notice.

In homage to George Gershwin as the J.S. Bach of the theater organ and popular music, Carpenter also plays Love is Here to Stay, Do It Again, I Got Rhythm and The Man I Love.

Organ étude based on Piano Étude No. 2, Op. 10, "Will o' the Wisp" by Frederic Chopin.

Whistling Away the Dark by Henry Mancini and Nice Work if You Can Get It by George and Ira Gershwin.

Carpenter opens the second half of his show by pairing Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm and Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 5 from The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Clap Your Hands by George Gershwin.

In a tribute to Carpenter's dream of making the organ into a portable instrument with which artists can create an intimate relationship, he plays Bach's Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland.

Carpenter closes the show with two classical revisitations: Chopin's Étude No. 4, Op. 10 and Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 3 from The Well-Tempered Clavier.