Theremin workshop & concerts

Prague Shakuhachi Festival
Japanese and contemporary music
23-27 August, Prague

Pameli Kurstin - 23-27 August 2013, Prague

Pamelia Kurstin

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”.



09.09 - Pamelia Kurstin live

04.09 - Photos from workshop

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22.08 - KAN’ON



21.08 - Pamelia Kurstin, Theremin Solo

Pamelia Kurstin, Theremin Solo, 23th August 8PM, Hamu, Prague

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19.08 - Let the flyer fly



13.08 - Recording of Theremin drama (Theatre Dejvice)

The Theatre Dejvice in Prague featured a famous drama “The Theremin”.
After about 6th years of being on the stage the drama is no longer played. Fortunately it had been recorded and published on Youtube.


06.08 - Theremin meets Gothic

I know you’r freaky @_,_@


04.08 - Online video stream: Program, guests and courses at Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2013

Learn more about Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2013. Next Tuesday, August 6th, Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Marek Matvija and 2046 will present PSF guests, program, courses and venue.

Streaming video from Prague and Tokyo simultaneously, we will discuss festival themes of voice in Japanese music and collaboration of Theremin and Shakuhachi. We’ll also present PSF Stipendia programs and detailed festival schedule (including the the festival courses).

You can ask us specific questions via comments on the wall of this FB event or to For communication during the actual streaming you can use the chat interface at
Please submit your questions in Czech, English or Japanese.

Tuesday, 6th of August
15:00 CET


17.07 - What about you?

Do you wonder with whom you’ll share the studio and have a fun with Theremins? Another “student” of the Pamelias workshop is Graciela Maria. Check here out.


13.07 - Bob Moog about Theremin



23-27. August 2013

Workshop offers intensive courses and master classes of the famous instruments Theremin.
Each course, including the beginner course, is led by Pamelia Kurstin.

5 days of Theremin discoveries
Over 15 h. of professional lectures
Free heavy Moog testing (+sale for attendee)

HAMU university, center of Prague, Czech Republic


The workshop will take place at Music and Dance Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts on Malostranské náměstí, Prague.
The courses themselves will start in the morning of the 23th and will evening continue until the evening August the 27th when they will end with the final concert.

The Theremin workshop capacity is limited to 10 people only. If you are interested do not hesitate to register!


The normal price after the 31. April will be 200EUR, student price will be 100EUR.
(The course fee includes free entry to all festival concerts.)

Special sales:
There is also a special sale 33EUR for those who buy Theremin from mediaport within 1.March to 22. August 2013.

Workshop attendee can buy gears from Mediaport with 10% sale. The sale is applicable during the workshop form 23rd August to 27th August 2013.
(only one sale can be applied)




  • The opening concert on the 23rd will show contemporary music for shakuhachi and electronics.
  • 20:00 Opening concert: Crossing the Boundaries Courtyard of HAMU


  • The evening of 24th will be dedicated to voice in Japanese and contemporary music, featuring wonderful singer Mika Kimula, koto and shamisen player Yuji Kikuo and shakuhachi players Christopher Yohmei, Gunnar Jinmei and Kifu Mitsuhashi.
  • 17:00 Pamelia Kurstin & Jim Franklin: walking bass
  • 20:00 Tales of the Uncanny: voice in Japanese & contemporary music
  • 22:30 Jazz Jam Session: from grove to groove


  • Spiritual music of the komuso will reverberate the concert hall on the evening of the 25th. Featuring many important players of various historical lineages, this concert will take you on a long journey towards your own self.
  • 17:00 Mika Kimula & Yuji Kikuo: stories of love and death
  • 20:00 Zen: Sound & Silence
  • 22:30 Theremin, Shakuhachi, Percussion: improvisation today


  • On the evening of August 26, you will have a chance to witness a world premiere of a new composition commissioned by young Czech composer Jakub Rataj for two world-class performers, Kifu Mitsuhashi (shakuhachi) and Pamelia Kurstin (theremin). Other evening’s compositions will be by composers Hirose Ryohei, Takahashi Yuji, Jim Franklin and Vlastislav Matoušek.
  • 17:00 Dietmar Herriger: Itchoken shakuhachi
  • 20:00 Inner Landscapes, Contemporary Myths
  • 22:30 Mama Bubo: the big beat alternative


  • Meet young shakuhachi players at afternoon concert to listen to traditional and modern compositions for the shakuhachi.
  • 17:00 Shakuhachi Matinee: meet young players
  • 20:00 Student Concert: new friends

(The Theremin workshop runs through the whole festival)

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This event will introduce almost the entire spectrum of music the festival has to offer. The main body of the concert will feature compositions and performances for the shakuhachi Japanese flute in context with electronic music, this time with extra focus on Theremin.

For more information about the Theremin workshop or registration contact Jan Mucska (2046) via email on




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For more and any info email on or call straight on +420 737 100 206 (2046, Jan Mucska)


Two antennas protrude from the theremin – one controlling pitch, and the other controlling volume. As a hand approaches the vertical antenna, the pitch gets higher. Approaching the horizontal antenna makes the volume softer. Because there is no physical contact with the instrument, playing the theremin in a precise melodic way requires practiced skill and keen attention to pitch.

Besides looking like no other instrument, the theremin is unique in that it is played without being touched.