Cameron Carpenter SuperstarServus TV, 26 min. Ein Film von Caroline Beiersdorf und Claus Wischmann
His white shoes dance over the pedals at a speed that leaves the audience breathless. The idiosyncratic footwork is part of the Cameron Carpenter phenommenon. Dressed in sequined splendour, Carpenter gives his rendition of Cindy Lauper’s „True Colours“ on a 200 year old church organ. Legs, hands, arms and feet all work together in a state of constant flux; rushing towards the finale of an accomplished performance, and the thunderous applause of the audience.
The organ performances of this young New Yorker are writing music history. The organ is ready for a new and meaningful expression of ideas, says Cameron who is warming up for his concert by doing push-ups. He is a visionary – the organ is not just a vehicle for classical music but also piano-, orchestra- and pop pieces: Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier fits comfortably next to Dylan’s Tambourine man in Carpenter’s repertoire, alongside film music composed by John Williams. Cameron has transcribed over 200 musical works for the organ, and composes his own pieces which all come together in his colourful musical program.