Monday, November 26, 2007

RUSSIAN DOLL THEREMIN ORCHESTRA

It's hard enough to get one person playing the theremin in tune, but nine? This group even harmonizes with each other. As Bill and Ted would say, "MOST unprecedented." This achievement is made even more unusual by the fact that the theremins everyone's playing are inside what appear to be Russian nesting dolls. Which might make sense if they were playing the works of a Russian composer, but this video shows Japan's Masami Takeuchi and company performing music from Czech composer Dvořák, so I don't know what's going on. It's pretty great, tho. From Dvořák's The Symphony No. 9, in E Minor "From the New World" (Op. 95):

Masami Takeuchi: video
Masami Takeuchi: mp3

He calls the instrument the
"matryomin" - a matrioshka-shaped theremin. Here's a lovely duet for matryomin and ukulele, covering The King:

Masami Takeuchi & Akiyo Hmaguchi: "Love Me Tender" video
Masami Takeuchi & Akiyo Hmaguchi: "Love Me Tender" mp3




Thanks to DJ Earlybird!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where's the antennas on those theremins?!

- Theremin Gal

Mr Fab said...

thanks for making mp3s of this video goodness.