June 20th, 2012
02:28 PM ET

Turning the 2,600-year-old organ into a modern, rocking instrument

By The Next List Staff, CNN

(CNN) - As Cameron Carpenter walks down Venice beach wearing leather pants, a loose-fitting Slayer shirt and a bleached blond mohawk that sports the spirit of David Bowie, you might think the guy is a rock star. Or a fashion designer. Or maybe even an actor. What you might not guess is that Carpenter is a classically trained organist with a super-conservative pedigree.

His ideas, however, are anything but conservative.

While his profession might seem to clash with his look, rest assured his renegade spirit and controversial ideas about modernizing the organ, 2,600-year-old instrument, are in lock step with his persona. Carpenter fiercely, unabashedly and unapologetically wants to change the way the organ is played, and the way the audience experiences the music. FULL POST

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