Bayou City Music and Film Festival: "Theremin Noir: An evening with Rob Schwimmer"
Rob Schwimmer is a composer, pianist, keyboardist, thereminist, vocalist and continuum player who has performed and recorded throughout the world. Musically, he has always had a mischievous sense of humor, but he doesn't play things for laughs for this program titled "Theremin Noir."
No, this is darkly evocative modern chamber music, with a healthy dollop of improvisation and exceptional sonics to boot. Schwimmer employs the Moog Etherwave Theremin and recognizes the lyric qualities that this under-appreciated antecedent to the modern synthesizer can bring to acoustic settings.
Schwimmer's repertoire is rife with post-modern instrumental settings, including several fascinating interpretations of thematic highlights culled from the oeuvre of film composer Bernard Hermann, who created an astonishing musical-psychological subtext for director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films (and who himself employed a theremin to excellent effect in his score to Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi classic, The Day The Earth Stood Still).