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Video: Dave Yarwood performs on the theremin at Sean Michaels' Durham reading

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click to enlarge photo by Kathryn Rende - DAVE YARWOOD PERFORMS "THE SWAN" ON THE THEREMIN
  • Dave Yarwood performs "The Swan" on the theremin
  • photo by Kathryn Rende
Us Conductors, the debut novel by Said the Gramophone founder Sean Michaels, is a finely written fiction about the early electronic instrument called the theremin and its inventor's relationship with Clara Rockmore, perhaps the greatest thereminist of all time. (Read our in-depth interview with Michaels.)

Three days ago, Michaels visited Letters Bookshop in Durham and gave an engaging reading to a surprisingly large Sunday-afternoon crowd. Michaels enlisted local thereminist Dave Yarwood to open by performing a classical piece, Camille Saint-Saëns' "Le Cigne" ("The Swan"), on the theremin, accompanied by a recorded piano track. The INDY attended the event to make this video of Yarwood's performance, introduced by Michaels. 

Watch Dave Yarwood performing "The Swan" below:

Theremin performance at Letters Bookshop from INDY Week on Vimeo.

Video: Kathryn Rende
Text: Brian Howe


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