Theremin master Carolina Eyck and The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) perform Eyck’s minimalist Fantasias for string quartet and theremin, using electronic effects to bring an authentically fresh sonic pallet to the forefront. At times reverent to traditional melody, harmony, and tone, while at other times as defiant as the most eccentric Musique Concrete, the Fantasias bears the mark of a true virtuoso in her prime.
Listen to the opening track from Fantasias: Oakunar Lynntuja (Strange Birds).
Bryce Dessner: Little Blue Something for string quartet
Carolina Eyck: Fantasias for theremin and string quartet (World Premiere)
Composed specifically for the LP format, Eyck and ACME have recorded the Fantasias for release in October 2016 on Butterscotch Records.
BAC Salon is a series of concerts performed in an intimate salon setting.
Leadership support for music programming in 2016 provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
German-born performer and composer Carolina Eyck is widely considered the world’s foremost theremin virtuosa. A childhood prodigy, Eyck developed an innovative theremin technique by age 14 and published The Art of Playing the Theremin, which teaches her technique, while just 17 years old.
As a soloist and chamber musician she has given concerts worldwide and collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Robert Kolinsky, Gerhard Oppitz, conductors Andrey Boreyko, Michael Sanderling, Gürer Aykal and John Storgårds, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, HR-Symphonieorchestra, Dresden Philharmony, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Heidelberg Symphonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and ACME, American Contemporary Music Ensemble. In 2012, Eyck played the theremin solo in the world premieres of two symphonies by Fazil Say – Mesopotamia and Universe. In 2012, the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho wrote a theremin concerto for Eyck, her recording of which was released by BIS Records in July 2014. The recording was awarded with a 2015 ECHO-Classic prize in Germany for "Concert Recording of the Year (Music 20./21.Century).” Eyck has performed in a duo with pianist and composer Christopher Tarnow since 2013, producing two records, one for Butterscotch Records and one for Germany’s GENUINE label. Eyck has conducted theremin workshops, lectures, and master classes worlwide. Since 2010 she has been the artistic director of the Theremin Summer Academy in Colmar (France), and since 2013 she has led the Theremin Spring Academy in Leipzig (Germany).
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.”
NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times describes ACME’s performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.” Time Out New York reports, “[Artistic Director Clarice] Jensen has earned a sterling reputation for her fresh, inclusive mix of minimalists, maximalists, eclectics and newcomers.” ACME has recorded for New World, New Amsterdam, and Butterscotch Records. Its recording of Max Richter’s 8-hour piece, Sleep, was released by Deutsche Grammophon in fall 2015. The group’s 2015-2016 season includes performances presented by BAM, the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, Washington Performing Arts in DC, MASS MoCA, Krannert Center, Walker Art Center, Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center, Five Boroughs Music Festival, and a residency at National Sawdust. ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. ACME’s many collaborators have included The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Gibney Dance, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann. The group has performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall, BAM, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, The Met Museum, Constellation Chicago, Stanford Live, UCLA, Peak Performances, Melbourne Recital Hall, Big Ears, and All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK, among many others.