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Sean Michaels Wins Prestigious Award for "Us Conductors"

This is a big deal for World Thereminization!

Sean Micheals has won the prestigious Scotiabank Giller prize for his debut work, Us Conductors: A Novel.  The $100,000 prize is the most lucrative literary award in Canada and brings a lot of attention to both Michaels and the theremin. 

Some in the theremin community took offense at the liberties Michaels took with the retelling of the life of Leon Sergeyvich Termen, but Michaels has always been very clear that this is a fictional work inspired by facts.  It's a fun read either way.

Us Conductors is available at Amazon.com in both ebook and physical formats.

Congratulations to Sean Micheals from Theremin World!

Electromagnetica II Theremin Festival in Chile: Nov 7-9

Electromagnetica II

Chilean theremin fans, prepare for the return of Electromagnetica!

The free festival will run from November 7-9 at GAM, Santiago.

International artists include:

  • Thorwald Jorgensen, Netherlands
  • Vencenzo Vasi and Valeria Sturba, Italy
  • Veronik, Peru

Featured Chilean thereminists include:

  • Romina Tironi
  • Agnes Paz
  • Felina Noiz
  • Martin Benavides
  • Christian Torres
  • Raw-C

In addition, there will be screenings of "Theremin, an Electronic Odyssey" (1994, Steven Martin, USA), "Elektromoskva" (2013, Elena Tikhonova and Dominik Spritzendorfer, Austria), and "El instrumento que no se toca" (2013, Christian Vidal, Chile).

If you attend, we'd love to see your photos and recordings from the show!

Theremin Festival Announced for Dec 4-7 in Houston, TX

14 Pews

Houston art organization 14 Pews has announced a 4 day long theremin festival to be held from December 4-7, 2014!

The 4 day festival will feature several well-known thereminists including Thomas Grillo, Dorit Chrysler, Rob Schwimmer, Armen Ra, and Randy George as well as films and other experimental electronic musicians.  If you've enjoyed their music, videos, and conversations on Theremin World, this is an incredible opportunity to see them perform live and meet them in person!

14 Pews is an independent organization "dedicated to the tradition of storytelling expressed through film, theater, music, dance and the arts."  Director Cressandra Thibodeaux began the program in 2011 to bring the arts to marginalized and underserved communities.  The venue appears to be quaint, taking its name from 14 churn pews in its main auditorium - the perfect place for a theremin festival!

For more details, please visit 14pews.com or read the full press release.

Theremin Autumn Academy in Lippstadt/Germany from November 14 to 16, 2014

Theremin Autumn Academy

  • 1 former "Without Touch" festival
  • 1 common dinner
  • 1 special guest (Satenik Ulikhanyan)
  • 2 concerts
  • 2 seminars
    (theremin playing technique & teaching methods, composing for theremin)
  • 3 days
  • 3 chamber music classes
  • 4 workshops for electronic and experimental theremin music
  • 5 teachers
    (Lydia Kavina, Carolina Eyck, Thorwald Jorgensen, Wilco Botermans, Thierry Frenkel)
  • 57 hours of individual lessons possible

That's the new Theremin Autumn Academy in Lippstadt! 

The organizers of the former Without Touch festival, the Lippstadt public music school and its director Wolfgang Streblow, decided to join the successful academy concept, created by Carolina Eyck und Thierry Frenkel in 2010, to allow european Theremin students to meet and to have lessons with their favorite teachers at one more regular event every year.

More information and a registration form can be found here:

http://www.theremin-academy.org/en/content/lippstadt_autumn_2014

Secret World - Améthyste Spardel and Doug Hammer

Secret World

Secret World is a collaboration between award-winning composer and pianist Doug Hammer and ambient thereminist Amethyste Spardel. The music is haunting and ethereal, creating a unique soundscape that hasn't been heard before.

Secret World emerged from their combined intention of creating something in the moment. Every note was improvised together, uniting piano and theremin, an ethereal blend of beauty, passion and hope.

The album's official release is October 24th, but if you purchase the physical CD from doughammer.net, you can download the full MP3 album today.

Congratulations to Amethyste and Doug on their release!

Here's the full track list:

1. The Ones We Leave Behind       7:17
2. Winter’s Last Goodbye              6:36
3. Crimson Sky                            6:46
4. Raindrops                                7:28
5. Desert Bloom                           6:16
6. Crystal Water                           3:32
7. El Dorado Wind                        5:01
8. Moonflower                              6:15
9. The Road Behind                      5:19
10. Redemption                           7:10
11. Wrapped In Hope                   6:20
12. I Will Wait                              5:21