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The Theremin Journey of Eric Ross

Photo of thereminist Eric Ross at Casada Musica, Oporto Portugal.

Eric Ross is a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and theremin player. He has written countless scores in his long career, including many pages of original music for the theremin. He has presented rich multimedia performances worldwide, mixing music, video, and computer art and dance. And he has released several recordings. In this interview, Eric tells us about his long musical journey.

Eric Ross Live in N.Y. (Op. 28)

Eric Ross, Youseff Yancy
Eric Ross Live in N.Y. (Op. 28)
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Eric Ross / Youseff Yancy Live in NYC

Opus 28: Variations. For ensemble. (created: 3/83-11/83, Binghamton, NY, New York City). Duration c.30 min. Videotape and stills-Mary Ross-commissioned by USA National Endowment for the Arts in Dance, Film, Video. Premiere, Whitney Center NY, 11/8/83, (1) Intrada 2) Live at Lincoln 3) Synthetic Horn 4) Suspension/Mandala 5) Lerida 6) Trills 7) De La Aare 8) Percussion 9) Steel Drums 10) Postlude and Codetta. Eric Ross- Theremin, electronics, guitar, piano, percussion. Youseff Yancy-trumpet, flugelhorn, Theremin. Atsuko Yuma, Mary Ross-voices.

Eric Ross Live in N.Y. (Op. 30)

Eric Ross, Youseff Yancy
Eric Ross Live in N.Y. (Op. 30)
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Eric Ross / Youseff Yancy Live in NYC

Opus 30: No. 2, Electronic Suite. For ensemble. (created: 1/84, Binghamton, NY, New York City). Duration c. 30 min. Premiere, Roulette Performance Space, NYC, 1/31/84 (1) Prelude 2) Colonne 3) Vif. 4) La Reve 5) Nydia 6) The Labyrinth of Sound. Video and stills-Mary Ross, Eric Ross-Theremin, electronics, guitar, piano, Youseff Yancy-Theremin, trumpet. Atsuko Yuma, Mary Ross-voices.

Bach Fugue No, 2 in C minor

Harry F. Olson
Bach Fugue No, 2 in C minor
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Johann Sebastian’s Bach “Fugue No, 2 in C minor” from “The Well Tempered Clavier” performed by the RCA Mark I synthesizer. Taken from the 1955 “The Sounds And Music Of The RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer” L.P. (RCA Victor Red Seal – LM-1922).

Lydia Kavina: The Theremin Yesterday And Today

Theremin Virtuosa Lydia Kavina in Chile

Lydia Kavina is one of the greatest thereminists of all time. The last protégé of Léon Theremin, she started studying the theremin at the age of nine. She played a fundamental role in the so-called “renaissance of the theremin,” performing all over the world, making recordings, participating in film soundtracks, writing original music for theremin, and teaching the instrument to new generations of thereminists. I had the pleasure of exchanging a few words with her.

Zenaide Hanenfeldt: The Scion of Imperial Russia That Became a Theremin Diva

Thereminist Zenaide Hanenfeldt and Leon Theremin.

Zenaide Hanenfeldt was one of Leon Theremin’s first associates in the United States. She played a leading role, from 1929 to 1934, in the American adventure of Leon Theremin, appearing in some of the most important theremin events of the period and experiencing a brief period of intense and ephemeral celebrity as a theremin diva. Later, she almost disappeared into oblivion, confined to stingy annotations in the history of the theremin. Let’s find out a little more about her.

Love. Your Spell Is Everywhere

Zenaide Hanenfeldt
Love. Your Spell Is Everywhere
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Side B of 22296 Victor record: “Love. Your Spell Is Everywhere”, performed by the Victor Salon Orchestra featuring Zenaide Hanenfeldt at the Victor Theremin.

I’m a Dreamer. Aren’t We All?

Zenaide Hanenfeldt
I’m a Dreamer. Aren’t We All?
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Side A of 22296 Victor record: “I’m a Dreamer. Aren’t We All?”, performed by the Victor Salon Orchestra featuring Zenaide Hanenfeldt at the Victor Theremin.