"Elegies for Theremin and Voice" Record Release
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Carolina Eyck is widely considered the world’s foremost thereminist. She brings music from her newest album, Elegies for Theremin and Voice, to National Sawdust for this concert celebrating the album’s release and the centennial of the invention of the theremin, an instrument played without physical contact. Elegies for Theremin and Voice features Eyck’s inventive original compositions and improvisations, haunting meditations on mortality and loss in which she surprises us with her vocal prowess.
This concert will utilize National Sawdust’s newly-installed, immersive Spacemap® system from Meyer Sound, allowing Eyck’s theremin to move in sync with her dance-like performances, filling the hall with luminous sound.
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.