Join intrepid organists Leah and Simon as they wander the wilds of Europe seeking out Pipe Organs in their natural habitat.
info_outline Episode 025 — Lucerne 10/05/2017
Episode 025 — Lucerne Of all the big beasts on the Savannah, there is none larger than the Subcontra C of the principal 32’ of the Hofkirche St. Leodegar Organ in Lucerne. Join intrepid explorers Leah and Simon, and their guide Wolfgang Sieber, as they track down the world's largest organ pipe — a pipe that could swallow you whole.
info_outline Episode 024 — The Cinema Organ 06/28/2017
Episode 024 — The Cinema Organ Perhaps we should have called the episode "The Theatre Organ", because the specimens we examine are all American. Pith helmets girded tight, safariers Leah and Simon venture into the wilds of California to study this little-understood animal.
info_outline Episode 023 — Brother Georg's Organs 06/20/2017
Episode 023 — Brother Georg's Organs In our many years of safariing, this is the craziest piece of pipe organ DIY we have ever come across. Brother Jorge's Organ San Patricio contains parts of dozens of other instruments and has been a lifetime in the making.
info_outline Episode 022 — Sion 06/01/2017
Episode 022 — Sion His stupefying single-mindedness yet again on display, Simon brings us another contender for the world's oldest organ—this time from the wilds of a Swiss mountaintop. Oldest or not, the organ at the Valère Basilia in Sion, Switzerland is a singularly fascinating beast.
info_outline Episode 021 — Fratelli Ruffatti 03/25/2017
Episode 021 — Fratelli Ruffatti Simon rolls a natural twenty on his charisma check to explain to Leah his visit to the wondrous workshop of the Fratelli Ruffatti, prominent international organ builders. In addition to the D&Desque forges and foundries, we learned about the Ruffatti-Canada connection and some inside stories from the Crystal Cathedral.
info_outline Episode 020 — The Spreckels Organ 02/17/2017
Episode 020 — The Spreckels Organ We examine a New World species, whose natural habitat is not a cathedral or a hockey arena, but rather it makes its home in the out of doors. The Spreckels Organ in San Diego is the world's largest outdoor organ, and playing and maintaining it can be quite tricky. Come and visit this American landmark with us.
info_outline Episode 018—Orgelbaumuseum 09/23/2016
Episode 018—Orgelbaumuseum The Norrlanda organ, currently in a museum in Stockholm, is reckoned to be the oldest surviving organ fragments in the world. There is a working replica at the Orgelbaumuseum in Ostheim, Germany—a paradisiacal museum dedicated to the building of organs.
info_outline Episode 013 — Jacobikirche 11/13/2014
Episode 013 — Jacobikirche In the last episode involving our experienced wilderness tracker Ed, we visit the Schnitger organ in Hamburg's Jacobikirche. In the words of Albert Schweitzer: "This organ will become the pilgrimage destination of all organists of the old and the new world." Well, it has for at least one lucky Canadian.
info_outline Episode 011 - Lubeck.mp3 10/31/2014
Episode 011 - Lubeck.mp3 Buxtehude and Bach, bombs and beautiful organs, and a blend of blood-curdling artwork—just in time for Halloween. Join safarist Simon and our guest, the mad trapper Edward Ocampo-Gooding as they visit the churches and organs of Lubeck, Germany.
info_outline Episode 002 — Sao Vicente de Fora 06/22/2014
Episode 002 — Sao Vicente de Fora Simon and Leah feel bad about the long wait for the Evora Cathedral episode, and so publish a mini-episode for appeasement purposes. The organ at the church of São Vicente de Fora is a big instrument with a personality to match.