Jazz Meets Pipe Organ - Spiritual Movements
Philharmonie - Karl-Schuke-Orgel
She is as familiar with stages all over the world as she is with the legendary Blue Note in New York and Ronnie Scott’s Club in London. What’s more, Barbara Dennerlein, whose CDs have received many accolades, including the Jazz Award and the German Record Critics’ Award, is not only an authority on the legendary Hammond B3 (not for nothing is she called “First Lady of the Hammond organ”) – she has also established the jazz on the church organ.
Being aware of new musical developments even beyond the jazz world, Barbara Dennerlein builds a bridge from the past to the present. With her masterly command of the pedals, she succeeds in fully exploiting the enormous sonic possibilities of the “queen of instruments”. Her stated goal is to make the venerable “pipe organ” really swing as a vital means of expressing its own musical intentions.
For her appearance in the Philharmonie in Berlin, Barbara Dennerlein will play on the Karl-Schuke organ.“My music”, she says, “is as varied as my emotions or the world I live in, which influences and inspires me. One style or one direction would only express one small part of my musical world.” Furthermore she continues: “To me, jazz is a synonym for freedom. Freedom from prejudice and discrimination, freedom from constraints and convention. This is my own definition of jazz that I want to convey to the listener. Whether young or old, traditionalist or modernist, jazz fan or non-jazz fan.”