German theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck and pianist/composer Christopher Tarnow set their American debut today by way of Improvisations for Theremin and Piano on Buttersctoch Records. Produced by Allen Farmelo, Improvisations modernizes the theremin and piano in a sonically jangled delight for all five senses.
Some of the monks in medieval scriptoriums were less gifted than others when it came to drawing the human figure. But their scenes of cavorting minstrels, mischievous monks and animals playing the bagpipes were the cartoons of their day.
Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel is yet another of the fantastic trend of indie-classical crossovers. Her 2010 debut, Philharmonics garnered her platinum status in Belgium and France, received a Gold award in Holland and went quintuple Platinum in Denmark. Agnes cleaned up at the Danish Music Awards in 2011 for Philharmonics, taking home five awards. Her follow up release, Aventine, was written and recorded at home in Berlin by Agnes herself. To wit, her deluxe edition of Aventine features a remix of "Fuel To Fire" by cult classic director, producer, musician, clothing designer David Lynch. Sonically, Obel is unlike many singer songwriters in the sense that she has a nearly complete backing band of strings and a piano producing a celestial escape. Classicalite recently caught up with Obel over the phone before her debut Minneapolis show to gain insight on her technique, David Lynch and her diaphanous music videos.