Guest event: The NY Theremin Society presents "Sunday Theremin Soiree"

Guest event: The NY Theremin Society presents "Sunday Theremin Soiree"

Sun, April 9, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Slipper Room

New York, NY


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Guest event: The NY Theremin Society presents "Sunday Theremin Soiree"
Guest event: The NY Theremin Society presents "Sunday Theremin Soiree"
featuring 3 Thereminists in Concert:
Charles HOBBS
Cornelius LOY

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 and Rob Schwimmer just to name a few – by this point over 30 internationally acclaimed thereminists have taken part in NYTS concerts. 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) and continues its groundbreaking series at Joe's Pub presenting thereminists from around the world, hosted by Rob Schwimmer and Dorit Chrysler.

DORIT CHRYSLER "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!" Ann Magnuson, Paper Magazine - Austrian born composer/musician Dorit Chrysler has composed the music for the Danish Pavilion at the most recent Venice Biennale. She has performed at the MoMA, Lincoln Center, Coachella Festival, World Trade Center, Roskilde Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Moogfest & CBGB's - she is a featured Moog Music artist and her contemporary compositions have taken her around the world, including concerts in Brazil, Japan, Russia & Australia. Having released several records, she has also written & performed on sound tracks for film and TV, most recently on the HBO Documentary "Going Clear". Other collaborators include Elliott Sharp, JG Thirlwell, Anders Trentemoeller, The The & Gibby Haynes & artist Jesper Just. Dorit has produced and curated the 10 piece Theremin Orchestra at the Disney Hall of Los Angeles. She is the founder of KidCoolThereminSchool and currently holds a yearlong residency in Paris at the GaiteLyrique Museum. Her solo work includes Theremin, Vocals, Laptop and Taurus.

CHARLES HOBBS is an artist, musician, teacher and engineer living in Brooklyn, NY. His haunting and often humorous sculptural work ranges from robotic ghosts to collapsing spring-loaded ladders and inflatable breathing Doritos Bags. Additionally he produces ink and watercolor works on paper of dreamy, meticulous landscapes, sculptural proposals and text compositions. His early fascination with electronic instruments and Theremins lead to his self-taught involvement with electronics and since he has built and restored several vintage models including original RCAs. Hobbs even made his own RCA replica from identical vintage parts found on Ebay and custom-makes tube amps, intricate coils and other parts for theremin builders around the world. Charlie plays theremin, electric bass and synthesizer in the electronic-psychedelic band, Hi∨ (pronounced High Five) who actively play in Bushwick and around the NY area; frequently collaborating with the performance group, Wild Torus. He is the creator of the ‘Hobbs Theremin’ - a contemporary professional-grade electronic musical instrument inspired by the distinct circuitry and unique sound of the original instruments from the 1920’s. http://therealcharleshobbs. com/

CORNELIUS LOY is an aspiring composer, performance artist and theremin virtuoso. In his original compositions, Cornelius creates harmony between heavy textured percussion and delicate melodies played on theremin, guitar and piano. He considers Theremin to be his true artistic voice and describes playing the instrument as "singing". The Theremin has become a catalyst for Cornelius to learn classical music, jazz and opera. He has collaborated and performed with musical artists: Joey Arias, Kembra Pfahler and Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Lydia Lunch, Loredana Groza and even modeled for iconic fashion designer Thierry Mugler in his film "Z Chromosome". Cornelius continues to work modeling and playing theremin for nightlife legend and fashionista Susanne Bartsch. He also appears as a character in the upcoming film "The Erotic Dreams of the Chelsea Hotel" by Tony Notarberardino & Cassandra Rosebeetle. As a performance artist, Cornelius channels characters through costume expression and incorporates esoteric instruments such as
the "Babydoll Head"(a light sensitive theremin).

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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 until...


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Venue Information:
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St
New York, NY, 10002