IMG_1274.JPG This summer I had the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Colmar, France to take Theremin lessons from two of the finest Theremin players in the world, Thierry Frenkel and Carolina Eyck.  The academy drew players, twenty in all, from all over Europe and North America.  Over five days I took private lessons from Carolina and participated in workshops about advanced theremin playing, improvisation and instrument maintenance.  I had the privilege to sit in on  practices of Thierry’s theremin ensemble comprised of players from all over Europe.  After long days of classes I got to socialize with new friends at a cafe in the Colmar town square in the shadow of a medieval church.  I can hardly wait to attend another academy. What a life altering experience!

As many of you are aware as of late I’ve taken up playing the Theremin.  Why you ask?

Well first off I’ve always been drawn to the odd,  the eccentric and the magic of little known instruments and artist.

The theremin  is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). It is named after the Westernized name of its Russian inventor, Léon Theremin (Термéн), who patented the device in 1928.

You play it by interacting with the magnetic fields produced by the antennae, the vertical one controls pitch, the horizontal volume.  Some say it’s as hard to play as a violin.  I’m enjoying the challenge and finding playing fulfilling rewarding and fun!

Here’s a demo reel I created to show me playing.  Look for more updates for when and where I’ll be playing the Theremin.  Also I’ve incorporated it into my One Man Band act which is playing around town at various musical venues!

 

I was super excited to have the opportunity to play on the Trafalgar Stage at Khatsalano Street Festival in Vancouver B.C. this summer.   It was a beautiful day and the show was super well received.  Thanks to everyone who came out.  I’m looking forward to the next time I get to do Hamm: One Man Band!13640994_1732766606992443_6439736717795500302_o

I’m super excited to announce my new project  HAMM: ONE MAN BAND is playing the Katsahlano Street Festival this Saturday, July 9th, 4:15 at the Fourth and Trafalgar Stage!

Looking forward to seeing everyone and stayed tuned for more about my new act!