Los Angeles Theremin Jam I
Did we ever have a theremin shindig in Los Angeles this past July!
A gaggle of theremin enthusiasts, along with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers of Dave Weiner and his side-kick Shirley Cromb, gathered in front of Daves house in Mar Vista to have an impromptu theremin jam, with seven local thereminists entertaining an audience of 50 or so peple.
Daves place is in a perfect location for this at the end of a cul-de-sac in a residential area. His neighbors were either enthused or indifferent about the event. That is to say, there were no wet-blankets on hand to spoil the fun!
Lets see: Representing the theremin community were:
Mark Segal of Wavefront Technologies
Ed Sussman (of Mars Attacks! fame)
Am I forgetting anyone? Hope not!
Instruments on hand included:
RCA oldie Dave Etherwave Dave Etherwave Howard Etherwave Chris, + Longwave midi converter & portable midi studio (wow!) Etherwave Ed, housed in an incredible sculpture/ pedestal and hot-rodded with all sorts of digital goodies Moog Melodia Charlie Big Briar 91-A Charlie Big Briar 91-A Ross Wavefront Mark
The evenings music consisted of various solos and improvisations; but without a doubt the highlights of the night were the mass-renditions of the ubiquitous The Swan, with four theremin players; and then the theme from Summer Place and Gershwins Summertime with five of us playing along, some of us harmonizing (some of us intentionally...!). It was glorious.
The intrigued and attentive audience was generous with its applause and enthusiasm. It was clear that a good time was had by all.
After the official jam session, we invited audience members up to have a go on the theremins. A merry cacophony ensued, which surely demonstrated the good-spirited long-suffering of Daves neighbors!
I wanna personally thank Dave for hosting this jam session. It was an evening to remember, and to hopefully repeat soon!
Its so great I feel so fortunate to live so close to so many theremin players and enthusiasts. Something like 40 names are listed on the T.E.C.I. membership from the L.A. area, and obviously there are more in town who arent on the net. What fun it would be to get all of us L.A. theremaniacs together for the biggest theremin jam in history!
Here are some photos from the event, taken by Dave Weiners neighbor Bart Everett, who has graciously allowed me to place them on this page. Thanks, Bart! (Click on the thumbnail images to see them full-size.)
Dave Westdave Weiner,
our gracious host
Aerial view of
(clockwise, from lower-left)
Howard and Chris
From left to right:
Chris, Howard, Charlie,
Ed, Ross, Mark
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