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Equal Sound Presents Thereminist Carolina Eyck and Sarah Belle Reid

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DOUBLE ALBUM RELEASE SHOW! Thereminist Carolina Eyck and experimental performer-composer Sarah Belle Reid celebrate their record releases

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Carolina Eyck is largely recognized the world’s best theremin player. The direct repository of a legacy that reaches back through Eyck’s childhood teacher Lydia Kavina to Clara Rockmore, Eyck literally wrote the book on Theremin at just 17-years of age.

Eyck has released a number of albums, most notably her two self-composed works out on USA-based avant-garde label Butterscotch Records. She has completed a third LP for Butterscotch, which is made up of Eyck’s own compositions for theremin and voice, the only two instruments to appear on the LP. A haunting work, this third LP is a meditation on mortality and loss in which Eyck surprises us with her vocal prowess.

Sarah Belle Reid is an experimental performer-composer who plays trumpet, modular synthesizer, and an ever-growing collection of handcrafted electronic instruments.

In 2013–14, Reid played trumpet in legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden's band while pursuing graduate studies at Calarts. Haden asked her to solo on one of the songs, expressing that he didn't care about the "right" notes or chord changes, but was only interested in hearing her voice. This simple moment marked a turning point in Reid's creative practice, inspiring her to always strive to be true to her own unique musical voice. Sarah carries this spirit into every improvisation, collaboration, and project she does, including her debut solo trumpet and electronics album Underneath and Sonder, which will be released on October 18th on pfMENTUM.

Reid's compositional practice draws influence from trumpeter-improviser Wadada Leo Smith (with whom she worked closely with while attending Calarts) and sound artist/electronic pioneer Pauline Oliveros, for their use of nontraditional notational practices and philosophies. In Reid's improvisations and compositions, "musical notation is often experimental and graphical—it's an invitation to explore a new sonic universe."

When watching Sarah Belle Reid perform live, one quickly notices that her trumpet is also unusual—the blinking lights and colorful wires attached to her horn are part of an electronic sensor-based interface she co-designed, called MIGSI. Reid was inspired to build MIGSI as a way of integrating her passion for technology, trumpet, and improvisation. She has been gaining international recognition for the work since it's initial development in 2015: “Reid has greatly extended the possibilities of the humble trumpet into new territory by the application of innovative sensing technology and sound processing.” (Sequenza 21). She frequently performs, gives lectures, and publishes scholarly papers at notable festivals, institutions, and conferences around the world, such as Moogfest, Stanford University, and the International Conference of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).

Reid recorded trumpet and electronics on baroque-pop artist Julia Holter's 2019 record Aviary, and recently wrapped up an extensive tour throughout North America, Europe, and Australia as a member of her band. Reid's compositions have been premiered and performed by a number of renowned musicians, including pianist Vicki Ray, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and electronic musician David Rosenboom, and have received support and recognition from the Association of Canadian Women Composers and SOCAN. In 2017 her composition “Flux” for amplified percussion quartet won the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet’s Next Wave Composer Initiative.

Reid received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, where she is currently completing a Doctorate of Music and teaching music technology and composition. She is also on faculty at Chapman University, teaching electroacoustic music.

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