Often regarded as a novelty instrument in the USA, the Theremin still holds an important place in the European classical canon, and it is the Leipzig-based Carolina Eyck who is currently holding the tradition in her young, deft hands. Eyck studied Theremin from the young age of 7 with lydia Kavina, who developed the early technique with the now legendary Clara Rockmore. By age 14 Eyck had developed her own technique, which she published at age 17 in one of the most influential instruction books on the instrument. Her technique is generally regarded as the most advanced in the world.
In 2013, Eyck and pianist Christopher Tarnow went into the studio with producer (and label head) Allen Farmelo with barely a roadmap to record an album’s worth of improvised pieces for piano and theremin. The resulting album, Improvisations for Theremin and Piano was released on November 18th, 2014. Fantasias for Theremin and Piano featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is out on October 14th, 2016, and a third record for Butterscotch is already in the works.