The NY Theremin Society is back with their first NYC concert in more than a year.
The heart and soul of The NY Theremin Society is back at Joe's Pub to warm you up with a rare gift of Theremin Winter Wonderland moods - Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to wrap yourself in ether sound blankets delivered in Theremin duets and solo performances by Theremin virtuosos Dorit Chrysler and Rob Schwimmer and our just added Special Guest Xiao Xiao. Immerse and pamper yourself in a musical journey on sonic sleds through the icy landscapes and fiery furnaces, fog and fever, singing, drinking and laughing—But remember: Look but don’t touch.
The NY Theremin Society presents:
Theremin Winter Wonderland
Performances on Theremin by:
with Special Guest Xiao Xiao.
Monday December 18th - 9:30pm
at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St. NYC, NY 10003-7021
TICKETS & INFO: https://www.publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2017/N/NY-Theremin-Society/?SiteTheme=JoesPub
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"A futuristic Lotte Lenya" WSJ Austrian born composer/musician Dorit Chrysler has most recently performed with the SF Symphony Orchestra, and is featured on HBO's documentary "Going Clear. Dorit is the co-founder of the NY Theremin Society and started the internationally acclaimed KidCoolThereminSchool which currently holds a yearlong residency in Paris at the Gaite Lyrique called "L'Ecole Theremin". Her compositions have been commissioned by MoMA, the Venice Biennale and for film and TV.
She has performed at Lincoln Center, Coachella, Moogfest and the Louisiana Museum. She is the object of a documentary in development following her most recent concerts to Brazil, Japan, China, Russia and Europe.
She has collaborated with visual artist Jesper Just, Elliott Sharp, Adult, Anders Trentemoeller and The The. Dorit produced and curated the 10 piece Theremin Orchestra at the Disney Hall of Los Angeles. Her solo work includes Theremin, Vocals, Laptop and Taurus.
Dorit Chrysler has been dubbed a superior wizard of the theremin and "A futuristic Lotte Lenya" by WSJ. An Austrian-born, New York based composer, producer and singer, Chrysler is the co-founder of the New York Theremin Society and founder of the first school for theremin, KidCoolThereminSchool, which currently holds a year long residency in Paris at the Gaite Lyrique titled "L"ecole Theremin.
As much as the theremin is a tool in Chrysler’s electronic instrument arsenal, she's also one the most visible thereminists spreading the gospel of this mysterious sounding instrument, which is basically played by massaging thin air. Her music has been described by Ann Magnuson in Paper Magazin: "Imagine if Marianne Faithfull and Nikola Tesla had a love child, with Jane Birkin as the nanny and Bjork as the wayward Girl Scout Leader. " Arte TV calls Dorit “Theremin Goddess”. Dorit holds a B.A. in musicology from the University of Vienna. Her Solo work ranges from Electronic Contemporary Composition to Film Soundscapes, most recently for the soundtrack of the HBO documentary“Going Clear”.
She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and at CERN - Having composed soundtracks for film & Tv (Lars Van Trier), she regularly collaborates with artists such as Jesper Just & Philippe Quesne & has played with Cluster, Trentemøller, Elliot Sharp, Chicks on Speed, Faust, Marilyn Mansion and Lee Hazelwood & Adult to name a few.
Her latest record “Avalanche” has been produced by Anders Trentemøller and is released on his Label InMyRoom. Her compositions have been commissioned for the Venice Biennale, the MoMA Filmdepartment, Steirische HerbstFestival and CERN. Most recent composer residencies have been received by Pioneerworks NY, City of Bern, the Knightsbridge Foundation in Detroit and VillaTereze, Italy. In 2016 she created and curated “Dame Electric” Festival Edition for the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, featuring a sold out performance of electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani. She produced a ten-piece Orchestra Performance at Disney Hall and has performed at Lincoln Center, the Modern Arts Museum in Seoul, Karlskirche Vienna, MoMA, Louisiana Museum, Palais Tokyo Paris, St.Petersburg Hermitage, Venice- Berlin and Liverpool Biennale, Coachella and Roskilde Festival.
Dorit is the current object of a documentary in the making, following her most recent concert travels to China, Japan, Russia, Brazil & Europe. http:/www.doritchrysler.com
Rob Schwimmer is a composer-pianist, thereminist, vocalist and Continuum player who has performed and recorded throughout the world. He has worked with Simon and Garfunkel, Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, Esperanza Spalding, Paul Simon, Gotye, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, Christian Marclay, Matthew Barney, Arif Mardin, Adam Guettel, Paul Bley, The Boston Pops, Mary Cleere Haran, Action Bronson, T-Bone Walker, Sam Rivers, Ethan Iverson, Marc Shaiman, Marc Ribot, Frank London, David Krakauer, Maria Schneider, Michel Gondry, Mark Morris Dance Group, Trey Anastasio, The Klezmatics, Bernie Worrell, Nels Cline, Annette Peacock, Mabou Mines, Geoffrey Holder, John Cale, Steve Buscemi, Iva Bittova, Theo Bleckmann, John Stubblefield, The Roches, Jack Quartet, Scott Robinson, Edie Brickell, Teo Macero, Hal Willner, Vernon Reid, The Everly Brothers, Ethel, James Emery, Bela Fleck, Kurt Vonnegut, Tamar Muskal, Odetta, Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks, Sussan Deyhim, Joseph Jarman and Alwin Nikolai/ Murray Louis Dance.
A founding member of the acclaimed Polygraph Lounge with Mark Stewart, Rob's solo CD "Beyond The Sky" was hailed as "Extraordinary" in Gramophone, "Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year" in The NYC Jazz Record while The New York Times praised his "Virtuosity, magic, and humor." Schwimmer performed his own version of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue with orchestra, was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum to write new music for the 50th anniversary showing of the movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"and with Polygraph Lounge has received 2 commissions from Carnegie Hall for full length concerts.
A founding member and co-director of The NY Theremin Society, Rob is one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, in The NY Times, Wall St Journal, WNYC, WQXR and the popular PBS series "History Detectives”. Rob is thereminist for Ethan Iverson’s (The Bad Plus) “Pepperland” for The Mark Morris Dance Group. Appearances as theremin soloist include The Orchestra of St. Luke's at Caramoor (which included Rob's theremin arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's "Scene d'Amour" from Vertigo,) The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall, Simon & Garfunkel's world tours, The Moab Music Festival and The Little Orchestra at Lincoln Center. In addition to his CD Theremin Noir (with Uri Caine and Mark Feldman), Rob is featured thereminist on Trey Anastasio's CD Traveler, Matthew Barney’s epic movie Cremaster 3, R.W. Goodwin's feature Alien Trespass, CBS series Now and Again and A&E's Breakfast With the Arts. He performed at Disney Concert Hall with The 10 Piece Theremin Orchestra and was interviewed for CBS Sunday Morning about the resurgence of the theremin. Rob premiered an original silent movie soundtrack featuring live theremin at Bucknell University and given its NYC premiere at The Tribeca New Music Festival.
Rob is also a leading player of the Haken Continuum fingerboard recording with Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding and Trey Anastasio. He composed the score for 2008 Academy Award winner "Freeheld" and collaborated on 1997 Oscar winner "Dear Diary." Rob's compositions have been featured in theater, television, documentaries and feature films.
Concert venues include Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Weiner Konzerthaus, Tokyo Dome, Madison Square Garden, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum, The Stone, Museum of Modern Art, Blue Note, CBGB’s, The Stone and the Colosseum. Russia Behind The Headlines recently called Rob "The best-known modern Amercian theremist(sic)" robschwimmer.com
Born in China, Xiao Xiao began piano lessons at age 4, and studied computer science at MIT. While a doctoral student at the MIT Media Lab, Xiao continued her musical studies under composer/pianist/improviser Donal Fox. Drawing from these studies, she created new interactive technologies for piano learning, which have been presented at TEDxBoston, TEDxSan Diego, and Aspen Ideas Festival, academic conferences around the world, as well as featured on international television shows. Since completing her doctorate in 2016, Xiao is currently building interactive museum exhibits for the tricentennial of New Orleans and illustrating/co-editing a book on learning by AI pioneer Marvin Minsky.
Fascinated by the art of learning, Xiao was inspired to teach herself to play the theremin after watching Dorit Chrysler’s performance in May 2017. Since then, she has performed as a thereminist at events in Beirut, London, and New Orleans.
Xiao Xiao will be performing a piece by Jeff Pagano.
Founded by Suzanne Fiol and Dorit Chrysler, musician/composer, the NY THEREMIN SOCIETY launched its concert series December 2nd 2005, bringing together skilled interpreters on Theremin, each presenting their solo works and joining in an experimental Theremin Orchestra. Those concert series took place at Issue Project Room and sold out regularly, featuring noted players such as Pamelia Kurstin, Dalit Warshaw, Anthony Ptak, Elizabeth Brown, David Simons & Armen Ra, just to name a few. The NY Theremin Society started to serve as a platform for Thereminists and Enthusiasts and its mission statement evolved; namely to exchange, inspire and educate, as well as to demonstrate the surprising variety of different approaches that this relatively young and unique instrument has to offer in the contemporary world of music. The NY Theremin Society was instrumental in the recreation of a Ten Piece Theremin Orchestra performing at the LA Disney Hall (emulating the first theremin orchestra concert taking place at Carnegie Hall in 1930.) The NY THEREMIN SOCIETY has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox News, Al Jazeera TV, The Wall Street Journal, and many other news outlets. Together Dorit & Rob Schwimmer, in addition to individual and collective concertizing, curate the concert series of the NY Theremin Society, teach adult and children's theremin workshops and have recently conducted a historic 17-piece theremin orchestra.
Invented 1919 by Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen, the Theremin is the only instrument that generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments that inspired the creation of synthesizers in future generations. Historically, the theremin is one of the earliest electronic instruments, introduced to audiences in the early 20th century. Subsequently, it served as the basis from which electronic musical instruments of the 20th century were later developed. Although originally intended for classical music performance, the theremin instead found its success supplying 'eerie' background music for countless motion pictures. Whether that it is due to its unusual frequency and vibrato effects, or the challenge posed upon the player to master its technique, the theremin has never been a widely-played instrument. Yet today, among fields of electronic musicians, many more are rediscovering the potential of the theremin and exploring its complex and expressive sounds, pitches, movements, and gestures through various styles and media. In 1966 the Beach Boy's Brian Wilson put the Theremin to work in "Good Vibrations". In 1967 Theremins showed up on Captain Beefheart's landmark "Safe as Milk" and in 1969, Led Zeppelin anthem "Whole Lotta Love" featured a Theremin. Today artists such as Jon Spencer, Portishead, Nine Inch Nails, Elvis Costello, Trey Anstasio, and Simon & Garfunkel have put the instrument to use. Leon Theremin emigrated to New York City in late 1927, quickly establishing a laboratory dedicated to the scientific study of electronic sound; in April of 1930, a Ten Piece Theremin Orchestra premiered on the stage of Carnegie Hall to enthusiastic response. A decade later, Theremin was whisked back to the Soviet Union (involuntarily, some have said) and placed in Butyrka prison, eventually working in a Soviet think-tank to develop a covert listening device for the Soviet government. Following Theremin’s abrupt departure and reassignment, his instrument inspired a handful of virtuosos, most notably Clara Rockmore and Samuel J. Hoffman, but ultimately fell into obscurity when suddenly...