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Eric Ross Releases New Theremin Album

Eric Ross - Music From The Future

Eric Ross has released a new album of music for Theremin and Ensemble.  Music From The Future features Eric Ross (theremins, MIDI guitar, keyboards), Trevor Pinch (Moog synths), Peter Rothbart (EWI), John Snyder (theremin, digeridoo), Joe Perkins (bass), Eric J.Roth (lute), Jason Smeltzer (theremin).  It was recorded live in NY and LA.

The album is available from CD Baby and

Eric Ross - presented his works at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Redcat Center, Newport ,Berlin, Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals among many other concerts worldwide. He performs on guitar, keyboards and Theremin. He began playing the Theremin in 1975, and has performed on radio, film and TV. He's written an Overture for 14 Theremins, played on the world premiere of Percy Grainger's Free MusicNo.1 in New York, and in 2010 was guest artist on the No.1 Best-Selling album in Japan, Aqi Fzono's "Cosmology". His ensemble has featured guest artists, jazz giants John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins, new music virtuosos, Youseff Yancy, Lydia Kavina, Robert Dick, and many others. Among recent projects is Ultimedia Concept program at UNESCO World Heritage sites including Guggenheim- Bilbao Museum,Spain; Residenz Palace, Wurzburg; Bauhaus- Dessau, Germany; Casada Musica Portugal. Eric Ross was a friend of theremin virtuoso ,Clara Rockmore, and electronics pioneer, Robert Moog. In 1991, he met and played for the inventor of the instrument, Professor Lev Termen. He's drawn inspiration from them to develop the Theremin as a voice in his own compositions.

Trevor Pinch - plays Moog and home-made modular synthesizers in the Electric Golem with James Spitznagel and Atomic Forces. He is widely recognized as the leading expert on Robert Moog and is co-author of Analog Days: the Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer. He lectures on Moog all over the world and is the Goldwyn Smith Professor of Science and Technology Studies . He lives in Ithaca, NY, and is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He's recently presented Charlene Martel's award winning film on the Ondes Martinot.

Peter Rothbart - Professor and Director of Electroacoustic Studies at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York. With undergraduate performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Highest Honors) and UMass, and graduate degrees from Ithaca College and the Cleveland Institute of Music, he is active as a composer in both the acoustic and electroacoustic worlds, with three Carnegie Hall premieres to his credit. He has written and orchestrated for the Utah Shakespearean Festival during their Tony Award-winning year and has completed his fifth film score. His book, "The Synergy of Film and Music: Sight and Sound in Five Hollywood Films" is published by Scarecrow Press. He has authored over 300 published articles for Down Beat Magazine, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Ithaca Journal and other magazines. He is a contributing editor for Journal SEAMUS, of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the USA.

Jason Smeltzer - theremin. Received arts grants (Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts/Lackawanna County Arts and Culture). In The Crystal Band with conductor Ray Stedenfeld. Duos performing classical or jazz repertoire with pianists Wayne Smith, Michelle Millington, Catherine Shefski, classical guitarist Jay Steveskey, and harpist Deirdre White. Dance collaborations in Middle-eastern dance with Diana Shahein and the Beledi Dance theatre. Collaborations also with New York based Eric Ross. With illustrator Ted Michalowski he performs every summer at various arts venues in Poland.

Eric Roth - guitar/lute. In addition to playing Avant-garde,he specializes in period instruments, including Renaissance Baroque lute, the 19th century guitar and former lead guitarist for the punk metal band Siren Flower. Eric received BA in Music Performance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz and MA from SUNY Albany. He's studied with Eric Ross, Paul Sweeny, Bonnie Meadow, Bill Matthews, Gregory Dinger, and Patrick O’Brien. He frequently performs throughout the New York, especially in the Hudson Valley Region.

John Snyder - theremin,waterphone, digeridu. He began his musical career by singing in the church choir, high school and college band, and had a fascination with electronic music and the Theremin, and playing the ARP 2600 analog synthesizer. He's recorded and performed with jazz great, Joe McPhee , both in the USA and Europe, composing and performing electronic music with a collection of analog synths accompanied with synth-controlled laser image projections. He performs on the Australian-Aboriginal didjeridu and the Waterphone. John was involved for many years with David Darling’s Music for People, and more recently with Paul Winter’s Adventures in Sound Play workshops and currently works with sound healing.

Joseph Perkins - bass. From Philadelphia, Pa. Has peformed extensively in Northeast. Bassist with Sonando, Salse Libre, Unity Group, among many other groups and for over ten years has been principal bassist with the Eric Ross Blues Band.