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Carolina and Vinzenz Find A Place For Theremin In Jazz

The YouTube text says it all:

It's an harmonic occasion of quite a different kind when Carolina Eyck and Vinzenz Wieg make music together. With theremin, vocals, electric guitar and effects they are moving in the space between jazz, 20th century and modern classical music. Carolina and Vinzenz are creating stories and moods in playful interaction, never losing the grasp of each other. Flowing seamlessly from prepared compositions and free improvisation, their performances are brisk and nuanced without any safety net.

We had a long discussion in the forums about the role of theremins in jazz music.  The duo of Carolina and Vinzenz are definitely pushing the envelope in this space, and to this listener, in a very impressive and exciting way!  You can hear several more examples of the collaboration at Carolina's website.

 

4 Comments

Amethyste
Amethyste 11/27/2012 7:37 PM
Is this really Jazz?
Jason
Jason 11/27/2012 10:08 PM
Is anything *not* really jazz? :)
coalport
coalport 11/29/2012 11:00 AM
"JAZZ" is a musical genre that has become so broad, so all-inclusive, that it is meaningless unless you specify what type of jazz you mean. You have everything from Dixieland and Afro/Cuban to Experimental Electronic. M-Base and Acid - types of music that have nothing at all in common, yet it's all classified under the "Jazz" umbrella.

Let's say that Carolina and Vinzenz' music is JAZZ. What sort of jazz is it?

The headline to the TW news story (above) would suggest that up to now there has been no place for the theremin in jazz.
mollydad
mollydad 12/11/2012 12:14 AM
I don't know what it is, but I like it...It's like jazz in that there is a set melody followed by improvisational sections. It's not like jazz in that there aren't a lot of syncopated punches....These are hard to do on theremin since any attack and cut off is limited by what one can do with the volume loop hand (I would have said left hand, but that would be insulting all the fine left handed players out there...)

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