"Elegies for Theremin and Voice" Record Release
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Carolina Eyck, “one of the world’s best theremin players” (Washington Post), comes to National Sawdust.
Celebrating the centennial of the theremin’s invention, Eyck debuts her new album Elegies for Theremin and Voice. She is considered the “global ambassador” (Attack Magazine) for this unique electronic instrument, which requires no touch to be played — see why artists from Jimmy Page to Bob Moog have used it to jump-start their work.
Eyck surprises us with her vocal prowess in Elegies for Theremin and Voice, which brings her work with the theremin to a whole new realm. Celebrate the release of her new album and experience her haunting meditations on mortality and loss as Caroline Eyck debuts Elegies for Theremin and Voice, only at National Sawdust.
Carolina Eyck is a German-Sorbian musician and composer, largely recognized as the world’s leading theremin virtuoso. She was a child prodigy, beginning her studies at age seven with Lydia Kavina and developing her own eight-finger-position playing technique by age 16. She published The Art of Playing the Theremin at just 17 years old, and her method has revolutionized how the instrument is played.
Eyck has performed in concert halls around the world and has been a soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Argentine National Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and more. Concertos for theremin and orchestra have been written for Eyck by Kalevi Aho, Andrew Norman, Dalit Warshaw, and Régis Campo. She was also featured in the premiere of Fazil Say’s Universe and Mesopotamia symphonies.
She has recorded or performed with contemporary artists from a variety of genres, including rock legend Steve Vai, singer-songwriter Gotye, DJ Jeff Mills, guitarist Jim Moginie, Tangerine Dream, multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, among others.
In 2016, Eyck released an album featuring her own composition Fantasias for Theremin and String Quartet, with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. Eyck’s next album, Elegies for Theremin and Voice, features her original compositions and improvisations and will be released in September 2019.
Carolina Eyck regularly conducts theremin workshops, lectures, and master classes worldwide. She is the artistic director of the Theremin Academy in Colmar (France), Leipzig, and Berlin (Germany). In 2018, she gave a TEDx Talk about the symbiosis of self-control and freedom while playing the theremin, and in 2019, she performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. A documentary about her work, Carolina and the Waves, is currently in production.
For more information, visit www.carolinaeyck.com.