Griffin McMahon

Organist, Pianist and Vocalist

 

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Griffin 2012

 

 

Griffin McMahon is emerging as an unique and versatile organist / pianist and collaborator in the New York music scene. Equally at home in the worlds of classical, sacred, and indie rock music, Griffin has performed at diverse venues ranging from concert halls like Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Mechanics Hall and the Kimmel Center to rock venues like the Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Brooklyn Bowl. He has performed several times on the world's largest functioning pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. In November 2014, Griffin performed in a historic eighteen-hour complete organ works of Bach marathon concert at St. Peter's Church in New York City, live-streamed by WQXR radio to thousands of listeners. His performances have been broadcast on national radio syndicates such as the “Wanamaker Organ Hour" on WRTI, "Pipedreams" on American Public Media, and WQXR, New York's Classical Music Radio Station. Griffin has studied organ with Paul Jacobs, Matthew Lewis and Peter Beardsley, and piano with Abby Thomsen and Ernest Barretta.

Griffin's current band project is Workman Song, a four piece art-rock band in collaboration with his brother, Sean McMahon. Recent highlights include appearances with Sean Lennon's GOASTT at Brooklyn Bowl and headlining sets at New York's venerable Mercury Lounge. They have been praised as the "unrelenting local force" (Baeblemusic) behind "a sound that transcends anything currently in the New York scene." (Deli Magazine) Workman Song is working on their next record, scheduled to be released in the spring of 2016.

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Griffin is a graduate of The Juilliard School and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He currently serves as Organ Scholar at Christ Church United Methodist in Manhattan.  Griffin is a passionate teacher and has taught piano lessons for over ten years. Griffin’s other interests include cycling, improvisation, visual art, and history. Upcoming highlights of the season include performances at St. John the Divine, St. Paul the Apostle, Mercury Lounge, and performing Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for their season finale concert in May 2016.