Cameron Carpenter is like no other organist. And that is not just in the way he dresses, which is audacious but hardly shocking anymore. Moreover, he easily wins over an audience with the friendly irreverence of his running commentary and his intelligence.
What is shocking is his command of his instrument, which is mind-boggling. What may also seem shocking in this age where glitter so often implies superficiality is his musical depth and his questing nature. He pushes his physical limits and he pushes musical limits.