SOP Podcast #76 - Marco Lo Muscio on Organ Recordings, Rock Music, and Transcriptions
He graduated in piano with full honours “Cum Laude” at "Licinio Refice" academy of music guided by Maestro Tonino Maiorani, and later studied for three years with the great pianist Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998) attaining the Diploma of Advanced Studies with full honours at the academy "Bartolomeo Cristofori". He also graduated in Pedagogy "Cum Laude", guided by prof. Giulio Sforza, in the University of "Rome Tre" (degree thesis on Keith Jarrett and Glenn Gould), and in organ with prof. James Edward Goettsche (Main Organist of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican). Marco is the first musician who has brought transcriptions of 'progressive music' into the concert halls and cathedrals, thrilling audiences with music by composers like Kieth Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Steve Hackett (Genesis) in this acoustic way. Marco's compositions are similarly 'progressive' in their own way.
He has given more than 700 concerts as part of organ and piano festivals at important venues such as: United Kingdom: Cambridge “King's, St. John's and Queens' College Chapels”; Oxford “Exeter and Queens' College Chapels”; Temple Church, Methodist Concert Hall, Westminster and St. Paul's Cathedrals in London, Hull City Hall, St. Martin Church in Salisbury, and in the cathedrals of Canterbuty, Lincoln, Lichfield, Chester, Blackburn, Rochester, Gloucester, Truro, St. David and Sheffield; Festival in the Shire (dedicated to Tolkien) in Wales. Russia: “Grand Hall of Philharmonia Shostakovic” in St. Petersburg; Glinka Capella in St. Petersburg; Italian institute of culture in St. Petersburg; Svetlanov Hall (House of the Music), St. Mary Cathedral, Gnessin Academy and Baptist Church in Moscow; Volgograd (Stalingrad) Philharmonic Hall; in the Organ Halls in Chelyabinsk, Archangelsk, Kondopoga, Dubna, Kislovosk, Kirov; USA: New York (St. Thomas Church - Fifth Avenue, Central Synagogue in Manhattan and Barnard College), Boston (Trinity Church) ,Chicago (St. John Cantius), Washington (National City Christian Church), Milwaukee (Cathedral, St. Cyril and Methodius); Baltic Counties: Riga Cathedral (Latvia) “Riga Dom Festival”; Vilnius (Lithuania) “Christopher Summer Festival”; Tallinn (Estonia) “International Organ Festival”. Finland: Helsinki “ Church of Rock”, Tyyki Jazz Festival, and cathedrals of Turku, Lahti and Mikkeli. Scotland: in the St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and in the Memorial Chapel in Glasgow University. Switzerland: St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Hammond Organ museum in Zurich. Denmark: Copenhagen in the Holmens Kirche (the church of Queen of Denmark) and Sorø International Music Festival. Norway: Bergen Organ summer festival in the Maria and Johannes churches; Oslo: Røa Kirke International Festival and Italian institute of culture; Molde Cathedral. Sweden: Götheborg and Uppsala Cathedrals. Germany: Nikolai Kirche in Leipzig, Wiesbaden (in the Markt Kirche and St. Bonifatius Kirche), in the Magdeburg Cathedral, Landsberg Festival, in the church of St. Gabriel and St. Holy Spirit in Münich, Ingolstadt, Pforzheim, Immenstadt, Fussen. Poland: “Danzig (Oliwa) and Frombork Festivals”; France (Strasbourg, St. Räphael, Obernai, Paris). And also in: Iceland, Belgium, Palm of Majorca, Ukraine, Portugal, Åland Iceland (XXXI International organ festival), Bornholm Iceland, in the church of St. Nicholas in Prague, in the Seville University in Spain. Vatican: Basilica of St. Peter, Clementina Chapel in the presence of Pope Giovanni Paolo II. Italy: Roma: I.U.C. “Aula Magna of the University La Sapienza”, in the Pantheon, Barberini Palace, Marcello Theatre, Villa Torlonia, St. Paul Basilica, St. Paul within the walls, etc...; Pontino and Euro Mediterraneo Festivals; Florence (churches of St. Maria dei Ricci, e St. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio), La Verna International Organ Festival, Cathedral and Piccolomini Palace in Pienza (with Mario Luzi), “Dusk Day 2008” in the Orvieto Cathedral, St. Antimo Abbey, Cantù International Organ Festival, Fano and Porto San Giorgio internationals organ Festivals, Tolkienian Path Festival in Piemont, Politeatro in Milan, Festival in the Valsesia, Festival “La fabbrica del canto” in Milan, etc…
His performances have been broadcast in radio and television: BBC TV and Radio, RAI TV, SAT TV2000, Vatican Radio, Russia TV, BR Classik, etc...
Important is also the work of collaboration with projects of Finnish Magazine Colossus and realized from the French label Musea Records: “Rabid Dogs...Opening Themes”, “Dante: Paradise, Divine Comedy Book III”, “Homer: Iliad”, “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe”, “Boccaccio: Decameron”, “Homage to Flower Kings”.
Marco's music is published by the Italian firm “Erreffe Musica”, and has been played world wide (Europe, Russia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA) by renowned musicians such as: Christopher Herrick, Thomas Trotter, John Hackett, Kevin Bowyer, David Briggs, John Scott, Roger Sayer, Stephen Farr, Andrew Canning, Aivars Kalejs, Alessandro Bianchi, Massimo Nosetti, Martin Setchell, Michael Eckerle, Willibald Guggenmos, Fredrik Sixten, Johannes Skudlik, Carson Cooman, Colin Walsh, Andrea Padova, David Jackson, etc.. Many composers have written new pieces dedicated to him: Andreas Willscher, Carson Cooman, Steve Hackett, John Hackett, Grimoaldo Macchia and others. Marco has specialized not only in the classical repertoire but his transcriptions and arrangements of contemporary jazz and Progressive music brought him into contact with big historical names such as Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, David Jackson, John and Steve Hackett. From these contacts are born albums such as "The Book of Bilbo and Gandalf" (dedicated to Tolkien), and his latest CD "Playing the History" recorded with John and Steve Hackett and David Jackson. Since 2004, Marco is the Artistic Director of '"International Summer Organ Festival in Rome." In 2013 he started to recording for the famous British label "Priory Records" on the series "Great European Organs."
In this conversation Marco shares his insights about organ recordings, rock music, and transcriptions.
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Marco's website: www.marcolomuscio.com
Marco's YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/Gandalf71
Some interesting videos:
Recording session new Priory CD (organ duet): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qp7GgaZLGE
Ricercare Cromatico (with sheet music): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7_Uj_xLjqw
New Litanies (with sheet music): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAv80YqlAcw
Variations on "Gabriel's Message" (with sheet music): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGlzjb985ag
In Memoriam Messiaen (with sheet music): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOTnVTOzJdA
Vaughan Williams: Fantasy on a theme by Thomas Tallis (arr. Lo Muscio): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCBRSwwFWg
Ligeti: Passacaglia Ungherese (arr. Lo Muscio): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDCRn56piTA
"Lord of the Rings" Recital in Moscow Cathedral (2016): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgSpPvcfk_0
Keith Emerson: Fanfare for the Common man (arr. Lo Muscio): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_RUYooGWpM
Christopher Herrick Plays "Concert Variations on Greensleeves": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9B2pV2k7qY
Steve Hackett & Marco Lo Muscio: "Galadriel": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx7rqdNssoI
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