News Date: November 8, 3018
Albinas Prizgintas is featured in the world premiere showing of a
movie, The Heart is an Organ, at the 29th New Orleans Film Festival.
The film festival shows films from across the globe and is an Academy qualifying
event. Focusing on the work of Albinas in the Trinity Artist Series (it includes year-round weekly concerts and festivals. He also performs keyboard music in the movie. Equally featured in the movie is Manon Prizgintas, concert publicist of the Trinity Artist Series. The movie centers on the dynamics of their relationship and their vision of the role of the arts in the life of the community.
The film was shown at two locations; The landmark Prytania Theater and the Contemporary Arts Center, both in New Orleans, October 23 and 25, respectively. Each showing was sold out! The New Orleans Film Society’s magazine description of the move: “The story of a love triangle between a musical genius, an art lover, and the church organ that binds them to the community”.
News Date: January 7, 2018
Albinas' obituary of organist Michel Chapuis is published in the latest issue of the Journal of American Anglican Musicians on Page 2.
News Date: November 1, 2017
Bach Around the Clock (BATC) is getting its own documentary. More specifically, a documentary about the passionate work of Albinas, Manon, their son Albinas Jehan, the exceptional Trinity Episcopal Church, and its organ. The documentary will be released in March/April of next year and tells the story of Albinas’s and Manon's passionate commitment to family, community service, Trinity Episcopal Church—and the organ, of course! It will be titled “The Heart is an Organ.”
In Albinas's words, BATC is all about community, humanity, and its aspirations all packed into this little ball called BATC. The Prizgintas family together choreographed the birth and growth of BATC as a community affair where musicians and artists could share their gifts with the local and worldwide community.
The film has already been mostly shot and will include many of the BATC performances during the March 24-25, 2017 performance. They recently won a grant from CREATELouisiana and the New Orleans Film Society that will match their fundraising on Kickstarter dollar for dollar up to $5,000. Today they launched their Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds.
Please visit Kickstarter at www.kickstarter.com/projects/475662172/the-heart-is-an-organ or go to www.theheartisanorgan.com for more info.
If you’re so inclined, you can join their mailing list to be kept up-to-date on all the happenings with the movie
News Date: October 16, 2017
There was a radio broadcast that included Albinas' organ music live recordings. The broadcast was a long form radio essay regarding the removal of confederate statues and memory in the South.
Alex Head was in New Orleans 6 weeks ago, visited TrinityNOLA and heard Albinas on organ.
In the shadow of United States Confederate Statue takedowns, Alex Head & Nina Prader excavate underlying tensions entwined with a delicate and nuanced problem: Assembling America.
The scars of the racial discrimination in America have yet and may never heal. It is their presence in the face of historical erasure that must be witnessed.
In response to discourses of left/right activism around the removal or relocation of historic Confederate Statues, attempts to relocate our current crisis within specific historical, social and economic biases.
With material including: Interview with Joseph Dunn, head Press Officer at Laura Plantation Museum, Louisiana. Interview with Edna Bonhomme, activist and researcher.
And organ music recorded live from Albinas Prizgintas, New Orleans