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Published: 26 January 2015

Why is there an organ with 9,000 pipes in the Piteå – and what is it good for? That question answers Professor Gary Verkade in two seminars are intended for all who are curious about organ.

In a series of two occasions shows Professor Gary Verkade the Organ Acusticum at Luleå University of Technology and plays music. It will be neither plain lecture or concert, instead the participants will get to sit close to him and the instrument up on the organ loft.

Gary Verkade, professor of musical performance, at Luleå University of Technology, LTU. Photo: Emma Bergström Wuolo
Gary Verkade, professor of musical performance. Photo: Emma Bergström Wuolo

He hopes that the knowledge that the visitors get during the seminars can cause them to enjoy another dimension when they later on are listening to organ music.

- I like what I do and want to show it so that others will be able to enjoy it says Gary Verkade.

No automatic connection to God

For some organ music is strongly associated with churches, God and a Christian message. But Gary Verkade mean that the coupling only occurs in the brain.

- If you listen it's just music. The music itself does not talk about God, it is something we humans do in words. It becomes a complicated reaction in the body when we listen to music. It can be felt both in the stomach and head.

Absolutely no prior knowledge of either organ or music are required to attend the seminars. All are invited to attend the seminars that are completely free of charge.

– I will go slowly and explain in a simple way so that everyone understands.