Butterscothc Records is proud to announce its signing of Carolina Eyck and Christopher Tarnow, who will release a full LP of improvised music for piano and theremin later this year. A daring collection of minimalist and widely dynamic music, Improvisations for Theremin and Piano defies nearly all expectations of classical music while maintaining the harmonic sophistication and virtuosity one expects from classical players.
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. Creatively partnered with pianist and composer Christopher Tarnow, the duo has been composing and performing some of the only new works for Theremin, including the very first Piano Sonata for Theremin and Piano (2013) which the duo performed to a standing-room only house at Butterscotch Records’ innagural event Odd Harmonics last fall.
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.
Last fall, Eyck and 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 will be released later this year on Butterscotch Records.
We look forward to sharing more about this release in the near future!