Pamelia Kurstin is one of the most interesting and innovative contemporary Theremin player. Her boundless repertoire embraces jazz and noise music as well as classical pieces such as Mozarts violin sonatas, Poulenc’s as well as Schönberg’s works.
Her first solo album Thinking Out Loud was released in 2007 on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
Pamelia Kurstin is a sensitive, emotional stylist capable of coaxing sublime melodic content out of an instrument usually doomed to B-movie sci-fi soundtracks. (And her walking bass imitation is pretty cool too.)
Pamelia Kurstin (born Pamela Stickney May 28, 1976 in Southern California) is a notable American theremin player. She has performed and recorded with artists including David Byrne, Richard Cheese, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Barbez, and Ulver, and was instrumental to the final design of Robert Moog’s Etherwave Pro Theremin, for which she was the primary test musician. Pamelia has made various film, television and radio appearances, most notably on Saturday Night Live, Open Source Radio, and in the 2004 documentary Moog, and her music for theremin orchestra featured on CNN.
Pamelia has also presented talks at events such as TED. Her background as a jazz musician on the upright bass has led to develop a “walking bass” Theremin technique. She was based in New York until 2005; she now lives in Vienna.
She was first introduced to the Theremin during production of the album Into the Oh in 1999 by Luaka Bop duo Geggy Tah – singer/writer Tommy Jordan and keyboardist Greg Kurstin. Kurstin recorded Gymnopedie in 2000 as a member of the Theremin/keyboard duo called “The Kurstins” with her then-husband, Greg. Her first solo album Thinking Out Loud was released in 2007 on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. She also appears on the Foetus album “Love”.