Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Whose Legacy Is It Anyway?

Let me share a legacy with you. Let’s see “when” you guess who left us this legacy.

Orphaned at 10, he and his younger brother walked 30 miles to live with their older brother for two years. He then needed to move on because his older brother and wife were expecting yet another baby. From the age of 12 he made his way on his own, singing in church choirs, playing music as a street musician.  Determined, persistent.

He did not have a formal education but learned composition by “reverse engineering” music scores. Needless to say, he was pretty intelligent, and independent.

It was expected in his country that once you were selected as organist for a church, you would stay there your entire life. He didn’t. He went on to several different positions and butted heads with much of the leadership of towns, churches, courts, and choirs. Patience was not one of his virtues.

He had one job interview that promised fame, comfort, money, and security. One catch: he would have had to marry the boss’s daughter. Okay, well…he walked 200 miles back home to work out plan B.

He was 18 years old when he landed his first choir job and had choir boys older than himself. He ended up in a street brawl with one of them,  a bassoonist, and allegedly drew his sword and cut the vest of his opponent to shreds.

One of the things he did throughout his career was focus on creating glorious music for the church and court. There is no indication that he was hoping for some kind of legacy that would live on forever. He was doing his job. Competitive? I would guess. But consumed with leaving a legacy? No, just truly absorbed with doing his job really well. And his focus was certainly Soli Deo Gloria.

Yes, Johann Sebastian Bach left what we consider a substantial legacy of highly intelligent instrumental music, oratorios, motets, and dedication to his art, and  well, you know: “Soli Deo Gloria.”

Most of his legacy is the great music we enjoy, some of his legacy is the tattered vest of the bassoonist.

When he died, his music was on the wane in deference for more “singable” popular music. Hmm. But there was truth and a  foundation in his music that has driven and inspired us for centuries.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist with David Jordan, media specialist are the creators and performers of two unique audience-engaging organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.

The Purpose of Art is to Produce Thinking

To quote Erik Wahl, American graffiti artist, speed-painter, author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur, “The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art – but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.

Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a museum). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peak into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product.

Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.”

How profound!

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media artist, are the creators and performers of two organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.  They love making art!  Check the Upcoming Pro-Motion Music Performances page of this blog to experience one of their instantly audience-engaging events.

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What is Bach and Sons?

B&S Logo SmallOrganist Jeannine Jordan breathed life into the women in composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s life Sunday in Hillsboro, Oregon. Using her acting skills and her musical talent to present “Bach and Sons,” a multimedia organ concert at Rodgers Instruments Corp.,  Jordan opened her performance with the labored strains of Toccata in D Minor, transporting her audience to the 18th century to meet Bach’s benefactor, his two wives and his daughter. Of his seven children, Bach also had two sons who lived to adulthood.

“I’m always trying to think outside the box to find ways to get people to understand the organ,” said Jordan. “It’s a way to express what the organ really can do — showcase Bach’s music and do it in a 21st century format.” The multimedia presentation March 30 is the only one of its type currently in production, added Jordan.  

Jordan provides the musical prowess and her husband, David, adds technological wizardry that includes multiple cameras, screens, projectors and computerization. He sets up the live shots to play in conjunction with the historical presentation. Cameras show the organist’s fingers and feet (clad in tap shoes, sans taps) deftly working the instrument to punctuate the presentation with the appropriate musical tones.

Jaeckel Tracker Organ Duluth MNThe organist not only plays, she switches vests and scarves as she takes on the persona of the women in Bach’s life in order to tell the story. Jordan’s passion is to introduce the organ to as many people as she can. With the number of students taking piano and organ lessons in decline, “We have to get young people involved so the instrument will survive,” she said.

Her love affair with the organ began in fourth grade, when her piano teacher advised Jordan to begin playing the organ as soon as her legs were long enough. By the time she began organ lessons in seventh grade, she was already in love. It was a good move. “You can put yourself through school, and you can always have a job as an organist,” she reasoned.

Part of the education Jordan hopes to provide is the history of Bach, whose compositions spanned music’s Baroque period before he died in 1750. “Most organists start their playing careers with Bach. I have played many other styles of music, but the ultimate compositions for the organ I believe are by Bach,” Jordan said. Bach was a “consummate musician who was constantly working, not because he was famous at the time, but because he was doing his job,” explained Jordan.

Most listeners may not be able to name most of his compositions, but they recognize the melodies. Bach mastered several instruments, including the violin and harpsichord, but his first love was the organ, which he referred to as “the king of instruments.” This summer, Jordan and her husband will take their show to Europe. While there, she will play in the church where Bach was married, in Germany.

The Bach and Sons Organ and Multi-Media Experience Coming to a City Near You

Organist Jeannine Jordan with media-artist David Jordan will present their organ and multi-media event, Bach and Sons, to a St. Louis audience in February 2014.  Hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Des Peres, Missouri, the concert is part of the Music at St. Paul’s Concert Series and will be presented on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of Bach’s 328th birthday, the Jordans will present Bach and Sons twice in March 2014 in the state of Oregon.  The first concert experience is presented by the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan of Corvallis, Oregon as part of their Sundays@3 Concert Series on Sunday, March 16th.  The second Bach and Sons concert experience is hosted by Rodgers Instruments of Hillsboro, Oregon and is presented on the new Rodgers four manual Infinity pipe/digital organ at the Corporate Headquarters Showroom on Sunday afternoon, March 30th at 3:00 p.m.

The Jordans also recently presented Bach and Sons to an enthusiastic audience at the Region VIII Convention of the American Guild of Organists at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon.

In October the Jordans traveled to Ohio to open the 2013-2014 Music on Market Series at Wooster United Methodist Church, Wooster, Ohio with a performance of Bach and Sons. To learn more about the exciting Bach and Sons experience, visit http://www.bachandsons.com

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist

 

Wooster Enjoys Bach and Sons

We took our Bach and Sons organ and multi-media experience on the road to Wooster, Ohio in late October 2013.  Our performance was the first of the 2013-2014 Music on Market Concert Series hosted by the Wooster United Methodist Church.  

A wonderfully enthusiastic audience was thrilled with the various aspects of live telling of the story of Bach from

  • Jeannine’s performance of the great works of Bach on the Aeolian-Skinner organ
  • Multiple screens showcasing David’s amazing multi-media, which allowed the audience to experience the narration and organ performance in an up-close and personal manner. 

The multi-media utilized

     four live action cameras

  •           two showing Jeannine’s hands on the three keyboards
  •           one showing Jeannine’s feet on the pedal board
  •           one on Jeannine narrating the story as the women in Bach’s life

and included stunning visuals from Bach’s Germany in

  •           video
  •            and still photo formats

 

As always, it was a thrill to share the story of Bach with a community.

To learn how you can bring Bach and Sons, this unique, audience-engaging event
to your church,concert series, university, or community arts series,
please contact jeannine at
jeannine@promotionmusic.org

 

 

    

Join Us for Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea

Join us in Ohio this month as we intrigue and thrill audiences with performances of each of our organ and multimedia events.  You’ll experience not only the sound but the look of the music as well.

BACH AND SONS

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Wooster United Methodist Church
Music on Market Concert Series
Wooster, Ohio

and
From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea

FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church
Organ Concert Series
Cincinnati, Ohio

From Sea to Shining Sea

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