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Shades of Green
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Dorothy Papadakos

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.

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Product Description


Format: Digital Audio CD
Catalog Number:  CD 7116
Length: 55′ 10″
Tracks:  9
Organ: E. M. Skinner / Aeolian-Skinner
Venue: The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, New York USA
Recorded: 08/15/1999
Released: 11/15/1999
Producer: Frederick Hohman, Dorothy Papadakos
Notes Author: Dorothy Papadakos
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 8pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077711626

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

01 • Come, O Great Spirit – improvisation • Dorothy Papadakos • 5’34”
02 • The Sacred Tree – organ with native American flutes • Dennis Yerry with Dorothy Papadakos • 8’56”
03 • Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Elizabeth Henreckson-Farnum, soprano • Elizabeth Poston arr. Papadakos • 4’32”
04 • Cedars of Lebanon – clarinet and organ • Steve Corn and Dorothy Papadakos • 7’13”
05 • Banyan at Bodh-Gaya – improvisation, organ and sarangi, tabla. • Pandit Ramesh Mishra and Dorothy Papadakos • 6’7″
06 • Carnaúba- with John LaBarbera, guitar • Raimundo Penaforte • 5’35”
07 • Willow Weep for Me – Theresa Thomason, vocals • Ann Ronnell • 5’52”
08 • Shepherd Boy at Cotopaxi – organ improvisation • Dorothy Papadakos • 7’58”
09 • Lucis Creator – choir and organ • 11th Century Plainsong, Mode 8. • 2’34”

Dorothy Papadakos
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. Learn more…