The Trondheim Experiment is the title of a free web presentation of an unreleased Jon Lord concert from 2010 now available exclusively through JonLord.org.
Filmed at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 23 2010 , the concert includes highlights from Jon Lord’s entire career performed with The Lord Chamber Orchestra, Steve Balsamo and Nathalie Lorichs on vocals, a children’s choir and a backing band featuring members of Opeth.
In front of a sold out cathedral, Jon’s then all-new album To Notice Such Things is performed in its entirety (missing only Air on the Blue String) with soloists Sveinung Lillebjerka on violin and Trine Knutsen on flute. Conductor Torodd Wigum was able to hand pick the musicians for the Lord Chamber Orchestra, and they perform and interpret Jon Lord’s music with skill and finesse.
Child in Time is performed for the first time with a children’s choir, a highlight for many in the audience, with Jon’s lengthy Hammond organ solo and breathtaking vocals by Steve Balsamo.
Under the title Before I Forget To Notice Such Things, the Jon Lord Tribute Band and the Hellenic Musica Viva string ensemble performed a live tribute to Jon Lord in Piraeus, Greece on November 10.
Watch below samples of the evenings delightful performances of Jon’s music – including a rousing rendition of Bach Onto This arranged for rock band and string ensemble.
Soldier of Fortune + Bourree + Sarabande:
Organ solo + Bach Onto This part 1:
The Sunflower Jam charity has excitedly confirmed that Deep Purple will be performing at Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall on April 4, 2014.
Following Deep Purple’s hugely successful run of shows at London’s The Roundhouse this month, fans of the band and of Jon, will get another chance to see them perform on one of the most iconic stages in the world, backed up by the 83-piece Orion Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann – just how Jon would have wanted it.
The stylish poster design shown above was created by Jon’s son-in-law Al Cherrington before Deep Purple were added to the bill.
The Sunfllower Jam is a charity founded by Jacky Paice, wife of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. The charity passionately supports the research and application of holistic and non-toxic treatments for children and young adults suffering from cancer.
Deep Purple‘s new single Above and Beyond was written in memory of Jon. Bass player Roger Glover has released this message:
‘It’s fifteen months since that day in the studio when we heard the bad news about Jon. Strangely enough, although he left the band eleven years ago, his presence in the band has deepened since last year. Apart from the fact that his spirit seemed to pervade the recording sessions and that Now What?! is dedicated to him, these days an interview never goes by without one or all of us talking about him.’
On September 29th Jon’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra will be performed in Belgium by a special constellation of symphonic wind orchestra and rock band.
Based on the 1999 version, the Concerto has not been performed in this arrangement live before.
The 70 musician strong production was put together by a cooperation of two organisations, Winkelse Muziekverening and de 7e namiddag.
Conducted by Dimitri Bracke, the individual players are
Hammond organ – Gunter Callewaert
Bass – Bart Parmentier
Guitar – Arne Demedts
Vocals (male) – Miller
Vocals (female) – Céline Houte
Drums – Pieterjan Seynaeve
September 29 – 5 pm – Sint-Eloois-Winkel, Flanders, Belgium.
More info from Wesley Vandewalle
Concerto for Group and Orchestra in Jon Lord’s final studio recording is still available through Jon Lord’s Webshop.
The Sunflower Jam have announced the release of their long awaited DVD of highlights from their 2011 and 2012 jams at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Including every track from Jon Lord’s final filmed live performance – at the 2011 Sunflower Jam – the DVD promises to be a veritable feast of goodies.
Possibly the most mouth watering track is Jon’s and Rick Wakeman‘s world premiered composition It’s Not As Big As It Was – along with Jon’s powerful work on Joe Bonamassa‘s The Ballad of John Henry – and Bourrée from the Sarabande album.
The double DVD includes two versions of Pictured Within; one with Jon and Steve Balsamo from the 2011 jam, which was moving enough; the second being Balsamo’s heartbreaking tribute to Jon filmed in 2012 a mere two months after Jon passed away.
Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano will perform Jon’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra next Sunday August 11 at Milano, Italy.
Keeping with the spirit, the evening couples Sir Malcolm Arnold‘s Sweeney Todd Suite with Jon’s Concerto.
Conducted by Giovanni Marziliano, the individual players are:
Guitar and vocals: Graziano Demurtas
Bass: Tony del Coco
Drums: Tobia Scarpolini
Hammond organ: Ivan Merlini