Dorothy Papadakos teams up with instrumentalists and vocalists from several corners of the music world, in a very untraditional CD that celebrates trees. The program includes two organ improvisation tracks recorded live, and a number of organ-with-other-musicians tracks, including a jazz quintet and bossa nova guitars.
Dorothy Papadakos served as organist for The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City from the 1990s through 2001. During her time at the Cathedral she built a reputation with her vivid organ improvisations, and for her ability to reach out to involve musicians and music from all walks of live and to integrate this music with the music of the Anglican tradition. She raised a considerable sum of funds during her tenure at the Cathedral, by arranging to make the Great Organ Restoration Fund at the Cathedral a beneficiary of the proceeds of special concerts and her CD sales.
Shortly after the tragedy of the fire at the Cathedral in December, 2001, which rendered the Cathedral and its Great Organ unusable, she turned her energies towards writing musical-theatrical productions. She is presently engaged in producing one or more Broadway-style musicals. More information may be found on Dorothy Papadakos through her website.
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, New York USA WEBSITE
Dorothy Papadakos / Frederick Hohman
8pp book, traycard, jewelbox
American Record Guide “Dorothy Papadakos became the organist at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City in 1990. ... I was at a loss for words to describe this, so I lent it to a friend who played it for a group of young co-workers to see their reaction. They loved it! (In my generation, “Far out” would have been the term!) They were totally captivated by the colors, melodies, and interplay of sounds. I have listened to this numerous times and always find something new in each selection. ... There is entertainment, musicality, wonder, and magic. If you buy no other organ disc this year, buy this one.“ - Bond
The Living Church “Dorothy Papadakos is an admitted hugger of trees. In this unique recording, she expresses her love for all things green and growing at the console, in the enormous arch of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. ... The whole is like the forest: Living things of many textures, shapes and colors..” - Patricia Nakamura