Skyline Sessions

Skyline Sessions: Carolina Eyck

Watch the world-renowned theremin virtuoso perform with Houston’s Apollo Chamber Players.

Carolina Eyck is a German-born musician who specializes in the theremin, one of the oldest electronic instruments–invented in 1920 by Russian physicist Leon Theremin. The most curious quality of the theremin is how its eerie and ethereal sound is manipulated without the performer actually touching it. Eyck is considered a virtuoso performer of the instrument, having won several awards and given concerts all over the world. Houston’s Apollo Chamber Players brought Eyck to Houston to participate in a concert featuring original compositions by Eyck (for solo theremin and theremin with string quartet), as well as a work for theremin, oboe, piano and string quartet by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Eyck, with the Apollo Chamber Players, visited Houston Public Media’s George B. Geary Performance Studio to record Eyck’s original compositions “Jumping River (4th Movement – Fantasias for Theremin and String Quartet)” and “Soliloquy,” as well as Eyck’s arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s iconic “The Ecstasy of Gold,” from the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. She also took some time explain how the unusual instrument works.

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