Bayou City Music and Film Festival Performance: "Theremin Wizardry: Randy George"
Randy George is one of a small handful of individuals who are devoted to advancing the technical potential of theremin performance. Over the past eight years, George has dedicated his time and energy toward dismantling the many myths surrounding the instrument and crafting a highly efficient technical playing method. The result of these efforts grant him the uncanny ability to dance through a new expansive musical playground for the theremin that has never before existed.
Since 2008, George has performed solo and with ensembles across the United States and in Europe. He is best known for his contributions to the escalating world wide awareness of the theremin over the internet. His video creations featuring the theremin in a variety of musical contexts have garnered viewership exceeding 20 million people since 2006. His technical knowledge of theremin playing is augmented by his specialization in software development for interactivity between theremin and synthesizers. The combination of talents are put on sonic display in his precision performances that sound far from the theremin sound stereotypes that have been circulating for the past century.
George's performance features a combination of familiar classics, reworked standards and original technology driven electronic works. The genre spectrum is as wide as it can get, making for a fun roller coaster of a listening experience, often spontaneous, occasionally improvisatory, and always without a safety net.