Although aware of one another for a number of years, drum alchemist Sebastian Rochford and theremin virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin first played together at the suggestion of Brighton’s Loop Festival, and have since played at various festivals such as Incubate and Night of The Unexpected in The Netherlands and venues around the UK.
They captured their sound in a studio in Brighton and enlisted the talents of Portishead's Adrian Utley to mix the results, resulting in the dazzling album 'Ouch Evil Slow Hop'.
Pamelia is arguably the most accomplished Theremin player of her generation, as witnessed by Bob Moog in the quote above. By fully embracing her own playing techniques along with technology as a processing tool, she has arrived at a unique sound for the instrument, blowing all preconceptions of what a Theremin should sound like back into the schlock 1950’s sci-fi films where they belong. Her sound ranges from the ‘sacred to the profane’, and visits every point in between, by turns beautiful and ethereal, ferociously aggressive and always alien and unquantifiable. She has recorded and played live with artists such as David Byrne, John Zorn, Foetus, Sebastien Tellier and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. She has previously released a solo album ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (Tzadik).
As well as his work as the drummer, driving force and composer for Polar Bear, whose recent album ‘Peepers’ (Leaf) has garnered widespread critical acclaim, Seb’s unique abilities both as a drummer and as an all round musical entity have seen him much in demand as a session player for the likes of Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Andy Sheppard and Brigitte Fontaine, to name a few. On this album, Seb’s extraordinary musicianship is fully on display, as he uses his drum kit both as a ferocious rhythm machine and, more unusually, as an almost impossibly expressive medium that defies conventional expectations of time-keeping and dynamics. He is also associated with Acoustic Ladyland, Fulborne Taversham and the Basquiat Strings.
Pamelia Kurstin www.myspace.com/pameliakurstin
Sebastian Rochford www.myspace.com/sebastianrochford
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