UVM Lane Series hosts recital featuring rare instruments

Photo by Steve J. Sherman
Rob Schwimmer


CORRECTION: This concert is Jan. 26. 

The UVM Lane Series presents acclaimed musician Rob Schwimmer on an unusual combination of instruments, including the piano and the rarely-heard theremin and Haken Continuum.

Entitled “Heart of Hearing,” the concert is Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the UVM Recital Hall and will be followed by a post-concert discussion about the instruments and program.

Schwimmer is a composer-pianist/keyboardist, thereminist, vocalist, Haken Continuum player, and co-founder of the Polygraph Lounge duo with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. He has performed and recorded throughout the world and worked with a long list of professional performers of all genres, including Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, The Boston Pops, Bette Midler, Queen Latifah, Trey Anastasio, Bela Fleck and others.

His compositions have been featured in theater, television, documentaries, and feature films including the score for 2008 Academy Award winner “Freeheld” and the 1997 Oscar-winner “Dear Diary.”

An accomplished classical and jazz pianist, Schwimmer is one of the world’s top theremin virtuosos and a leading player of the Haken Continuum Fingerboard.
The theremin was invented in 1920 by Soviet physicist Lev Sergeyevich Termen and is the only instrument played without physical contact. It is notoriously difficult to master and to compose for (and can be heard on “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys and Bernard Hermann’s “Scene d’Amour” from the film “Vertigo.”)

The Haken Continuum Fingerboard (invented by Lippold Haken) is a polyphonic electronic instrument with separate and individual vibrato, portamento, pitch, tone, and volume available for each finger. Like the theremin, it is microtonal, meaning that all pitches and everything in between can be played.

Schwimmer’s triple recital will include jazz standards as well as compositions for these unique electronic instruments. The concert is sponsored by Physicians Computer Company and Vermont Public Radio. Tickets: $25 for adults, $5 for students. For tickets and information, visit uvm.edu/laneseries.

One Response to "UVM Lane Series hosts recital featuring rare instruments"

  1. Rob Schwimmer   January 19, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Rob Schwimmer here–The concert is on Fri the 26th, not the 27th!


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