The "Lord of Hammond", one of the founders of Deep Purple, Jon Lord, will hit the Russian capital for a performance with a local orchestra at Crocus City Hall on April 20.
The versatile British composer and pianist will be joined on stage by Anna Phoebe on violin, Cry Free and the State Hermitage Orchestra "St. Petersburg Camerata", conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo.
Unmistakably recognized for his signature Hammond organ blues-rock sound, Lord`s legacy is his groundbreaking, innovative experiment in blending cutting-edge rock with classical and baroque music.
His masterpiece Concerto for Group and Orchestra first performed at the Royal Albert Hall back in 1969 hailed Deep Purple as the pioneers of high-quality rock. Between 1968 and 1976, when Purple was one of the world`s most popular bands, Jon played a key role in the studio and onstage.
Lord never stopped polishing his skills in classically themed solo work, with albums like The Gemini Suite and First of the Big Bands. When Purple split in the late `70s - not for good as it later turned out - that was when, according to music critics, Lord delivered his finest solo work to date, the Sarabande album.
After Deep Purple`s reformation, there have been a number of studio albums and thousands of live concerts all over the world. Since Lord`s retirement from Purple in 2002, things have not changed that much.
The legendary Hammond player with Deep Purple, 69-year-old Lord, has been clearly enjoying living his life as a solo musician to the fullest.