Plea For Experiencing EtherFest Vicariously - Or Tell Us All

Posted: 4/29/2008 9:31:31 AM

From: Saint Charles, MO

Joined: 4/3/2008

Type kevin kissinger and you'll find Kevin's pictures on Flickr.

You also get an ad that says "Compare prices on Kevin Kissinger at" :)

Thanks for sharing photos folks. :)
Posted: 4/29/2008 3:29:50 PM

From: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined: 8/23/2005

In case you missed the other thread, here is the link to my Etherfest pics:
Posted: 4/30/2008 7:42:26 PM

Joined: 2/18/2008

I wanted to tell Philip that we enjoyed sharing with him at EtherMusicFest! Loved your job on Gabby too!
I've checked out your photos; you are a brilliant photographer. Could we have some of your photos for our website?

John and Shueh-li

Posted: 4/30/2008 7:55:24 PM

Joined: 2/18/2008

Great pics too Kevin!
You are all multi talented : - ) I feel so fortunate to have met such great minds yet so humble....

I did not have the opportunity snap away. So I would like to request for photos from those who did!

Thank you kindly.
Shueh-li and John
Posted: 5/1/2008 12:31:09 AM

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005


Tell me which ones you like and I'll email you full resolution ones. I only posted a fraction of what I shot (over 300).

My home email is ka4koe at comcast dot net

Posted: 5/1/2008 5:36:22 PM

From: Redmond, WA

Joined: 9/1/2007

Philip, I would LOVE to see all of your photos. Would you be willing to zip them up and post them to a free file hosting site, such as ( for download? I know it can be time consuming to post a lot of photos to sites like flickr. :)
Posted: 5/1/2008 11:22:04 PM

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005

Email me

ka4koe at comcast dot net
Posted: 5/2/2008 6:58:04 AM

From: Kingston, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

What was your favorite moment at the festival?
Posted: 5/2/2008 9:04:47 AM

From: Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joined: 9/18/2005

When Lydia told me Gabby sounded sweet after she played it. That made the past year of labor worth it.
Posted: 5/6/2008 11:12:09 AM

From: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined: 8/23/2005

There were many moments that I will always remember from the Ethermusic festival.

The opportunity to spend three days with people that share the love of music and passion for the theremin was inspiring.

I learned much at the festival and look forward to refining my approach to the theremin. I also received much encouragement to keep performing and to keep composing.

There are many friends who I've known via the internet who I got to meet in person at the festival: Philip, Thomas, Shueh-li, and Dorit. I became aquainted with others who I now count among my theremin-playing friends: Lydia, Carolina, Francisco, and Randy. The sound engineers from the Orange Peel, Dan and Alex, were awesome and they really cared about the sound quality. The folks from Moog Music -- Mike, Linda, Heidi, Chris, Jason were great hosts. I got a chance to speak with Ileana Grams-Moog which was priceless. I enjoyed talking with Michael Gough (thereminist from L.A.) and various people from the Asheville community. I could go on and on.

I got to play Philip's hand-made theremin: "Gabriella". I managed an impromptu (unaccompanied) rendition of the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria". Gabriella has a sweet sound -- a kind of pleasant and musical humming quality. And the playability/linearity is superb.

Thomas Grillo showed me the latest Burns theremin in an attractive wooden cabinet. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to play it -- I was pretty tied up with rehearsal for most of the festival.

Each and every performer had much to offer -- the programs gave us a chance to see and hear great music-making in a variety of genres.

My solo set went ok for the first 20 minutes until I experienced a hardware failure (the ADAT lightpipe converter that linked my equipment rack with my computer failed). I asked Jason Danillo (from Moog Music) if he would join me on stage for an improv. He obliged and a saxophone-playing friend of Jason's joined us. We ended with a pleasant, somewhat spacey, improv. Jason was able to showcase the new Moog Guitar, and the sax-player (sorry, can't remember his name) and I traded off lead and background melodies. So, my set didn't progress according to plan however the audience seemed pleased with the impromptu ensemble that we pulled together. I am indebted to these musicians for stepping in and saving the show!

None-the-less, I was disappointed that my equipment failed on stage. On Friday (the morning after my set) Shueh-li said that she "really felt for me" -- she and many others complimented me on my set and on the improvisation. This enabled me to put my setback behind me.

[i](The organizers worked a slot into Saturday's concert that enabled me to perform "Mummies and Unholy Ghosts" without my equipment rack.)[/i]

My participation in ensembles gave me the opportunity to make music with thereminists from all over the world. I can't wait for another theremin festival -- it was very inspiring.

At one of the seminars, I accompanied Lydia Kavina -- we performed the Bach "Arioso" and the standard "Unforgettable". We had had no time to rehearse these works together in advance. However, everything seemed to click -- as if we had played together for years. To make music with Lydia was sweet and, indeed, unforgettable.

I also played some of Lydia's ensemble works. All of them were challenging to play. There was one piano passage in particular -- I just wasn't "feeling" it the way Lydia had in mind... she never lost patience and worked with me until I had it "right".

Thus, I played some of Lydia's compositions. Is turnabout fair play? Stay tuned :)

Will I get to perform with Lydia again? I hope so. I'm applying for a passport -- just in case.

[i]-- Kevin[/i]

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