Cameron Carpenter, whom Times music critic Mark Swed has called "technically the most accomplished organist I've ever witnessed," will be playing the organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall at four concerts in April as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Brooklyn Festival.
Carpenter, the first organist in residence at the Berlin Philharmonie, has become a rock star of the pipe organ with his combination of virtuoso technique, colorful outfits and his habit of not announcing his program before his appearances.
The musician talked about his upcoming appearance by phone from Berlin.
Why don't you announce your programs in advance?
I would consider it a trademark at this point. I don't find the idea of an announcement of a program anywhere remotely as interesting or artist-centric as a program that might be created for the place in which it is happening. I am already trying to challenge myself into really new directions.... I don't think there is a lot of point in listing a program.
Who are your artistic models?
There are a lot of figures in fashion who are important to me in the way they took something and shaped it, something that was thought to be staid and thought to have run its course. The obvious name is Chanel and then later Lagerfeld. But also someone like Alexander McQueen and Nicolas Ghesquière.