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The NY Theremin Society presents: "The Untouchables"

The NY Theremin Society is back and going strong at Joe's Pub.

The next performance is on March 27th and will feature Dorit Chrysler - Benjamin Ickies - Scott Robinson - Rob Schwimmer - & special guest Joe McGinty on Therevox.

Wednesday March 27th - 9:30pm
Joe's Pub
at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St.
NYC, NY 10003-7021
Price: $15
Tele-Charge: 212 239 6200 or
Dinner reservations:212-539-8778
DORIT CHRYSLER "A futuristic Lotte Lenya as well as a disciplined technician and superb musician" (WSJ)
"Imagine if Marianne Faithfull and Nikola Tesla had a love child, with Jane Birkin as the nanny and Bjork as the wayward Girl Scout Leader!" Ann Magnuson, Paper Magazine
Austrian born composer/musician Dorit Chrysler has presented her work at Lincoln Center, Coachella Festival, World Trade Center, Roskilde Festival, The Venice Biennale, Vienna Konzerthaus, Moogfest & CBGB's - she is a featured Moog Music artist and her contemporary electronic compositions have taken her around the world, including concerts in Brazil, Japan, Russia & Australia. Having released several records, she has also written sound tracks for TV and Cinema, as well as for visual artists such as Jesper Just. Other collaborators include Elliott Sharp, JG Thirlwell, Anders Trentemoeller, The The & Gibby Haynes. Dorit produced and curated the 10 piece Theremin Orchestra at the Disney Hall of Los Angeles.  Her latest record, produced by Anders Trentemøller, has just been released to much critical acclaim.
BENJAMIN ICKIES As the conductor of This Ambitious Orchestra, Benjamin Ickies has been waving his hands in the air since 2004. Adding the theremin to that physical vocabulary was a natural step and has since performed all over New York City at venues including le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center and Joe's Pub. Trained in composition and accordion by his mentor William Schimmel, Ickies has dedicated his career to expanding the scope of the instruments and genres with which he works. 
JOE MCGINTY has played with the The Psychedelic Furs, The Ramones, Nada Surf, Ryan Adams and many others. He is the founder of the Loser's Lounge tribute series, currently residing here at Joe's Pub. He owns a vintage keyboard studio in Brooklyn.  More info at
SCOTT ROBINSON  One of today's most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton's band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton's quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D'Rivera's clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz's greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 200 recordings. His releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide, and have appeared in many "Best of the Year" lists. Scott's collaborators on disc have included Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, and Bob Brookmeyer, and he has been a member of Maria Schneider's Orchestra for twenty years. Scott recently released Bronze Nemesis, a CD featuring 12 compositions based on the exploits of 1930s pulp adventure hero Doc Savage. This project, ten years in the making, was greeted with extensive praise in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Down Beat and elsewhere. 
ROB SCHWIMMER "...his moving reading of Wagner's "Träume" suggested a reassessment of the theremin's potential." (WSJ)  A pianist-composerdescribed as a "Theremin master"  in The New York Times and a "Theremin hero" in The New Yorker, Rob was theremin soloist with The Orchestra of St. Luke's at Caramoor playing the premiere of Bernard Herrmann's Scene d'Amour from Vertigo performed with theremin for the first time and played theremin and piano on Matthew Barney's epic Cremaster 3 movie. An original member of The NY Theremin Society as well as a founding member of Polygraph Lounge,  Rob has worked with Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Adam Guettel, T-Bone Walker, Sam Rivers, Marc Shaiman, Trey Anastasio,  The Klezmatics, Theo Bleckmann, Christian Marclay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marshall Brickman, Mary Cleere Haran, Arif Mardin, Mabou Mines, John Cale, Steve Buscemi, Burt Bacharach, The Roches, Edie Brickell, Teo Macero, Hal Willner, Vernon Reid, The Everly Brothers, Ethel, Kurt Vonnegut, Sammy Davis... Rob has recently added the Haken Continuum to his arsenal of instruments.

It looks like another awesome lineup, check it out if you're in NY!