May Roosevelt "Panda"

Posted: 11/26/2009 10:43:57 AM
May Roosevelt

From: Greece

Joined: 8/31/2008

I think it's time to introduce myself to this forum where I 've been silently wandering around the past years. My name is May Roosevelt, a thereminist from Greece. I' ve been playing the theremin for about 4 years and since i realized that playing this instrument is what i really want to do in my life I decided to compose my own music and make an album. I used my musical gear (a synth and a drum machine) and my etherwave standard. So now my first EP is released by the greek indie label "Coorecords" and you can listen to some of the tracks on my myspace page

thank you
Posted: 11/26/2009 11:45:40 AM
Marble Field

From: Athens, Greece

Joined: 5/23/2005

Let me be the first to greet with joy and excitement your first release, partly because I personally like it very much, but most of all because it's an obvious sign that we can, slowly but steadily, create a vibrant theremin community in our small country!

Cheers May and wishes for every success! Kalotaxido ;-)
Posted: 11/26/2009 5:06:58 PM

From: Colmar, France

Joined: 12/31/2007

I must admit that I was very skeptical when I heard for the first time that May had published her album. Why? There were several reasons: First, we had the occasion some weeks ago to hear the teaser of another Greek album with theremin music which was unutterable bad and rather annoying. Second, my musical education didn't give me a receptive ear for rather synthetic music. Third, when I saw the track list I thought: "Oh sh*t, programme music".

[i]"Programme music" means that several pieces are composed around a common subject and shall tell a story to the listener such as the five movements of Berlioz' "Symphonie fantastique" which are intended to describe the emotions of an intoxicated person and are labeled "Dreams and Passions", "A Ball", "Scene in the fields", "March to the Scaffold" and "Dreams of a Witch's Sabbath". While the "Symphonie fantastique" is the work of a genius, we have often seen that programme music has been used by composers which had not enough ideas and ruminate the same subject multiple times in a boring manner.[/i]

Finally my curiosity bore the palm against my skepticism and I ordered the album. It took only two days from Greece to France, was well packed and arrived in perfect condition. The CD doesn't come in a standard plastic box but in a sophisticated folded cover with nice drawings and cut-out ornaments which made me think rather of a children's gift.

When I read the accompanying text I understood the choice of the cover design: The music tells a story about the childhood of a small girl with a kind of anxiety neurosis which distrusts each appearance because of the potential danger behind it. One day she decided to go out to find something warm, soft, shiny in the dark and kind which would not hurt her. - I'll not yet tell the sad happy end or the happy sad end of the story - read and enjoy it yourself!

Her music does not only perfectly fit the story. There are eight pieces, each one very different from the others, each with individual structures and innovative musical ideas or shall I rather say "musical surprises"? There is a firework off well dosed but not exaggerated effects such as for example unconventional chords or the vertical reconstruction of a horizontally decomposed musical element. Only brilliance. No room for boredom. There is an epic tension in every piece and over the whole "Suite", created by the stress field between love and fear.

May did not only write all tracks but performed all these instruments herself: Moog Etherwave Theremin, Korg Electribe ER-1, Micro-Korg, Kaossilator, Squier Strat and even a wind-up bear. There are extra vocals from Eleni Zerva on track 4 and Irakus Iosifidis playing double bass on track 8.

This CD is a beneficial contrast to the current mainstream. My inner musicologist is enthusiastic but unable to judge the entertainment factor for the average listener. So I close this with the wishful thinking: "May this album find favor in your ears"

May Roosevelt: Panda, A Story about Love and Fear (
Posted: 11/27/2009 8:37:15 AM

From: USA

Joined: 12/8/2007

No, folks, this lady is legitimate!

Her theremin video is superb!

Welcome to the Forum, May! You are doing well in the contest.

Posted: 11/30/2009 10:19:49 AM
May Roosevelt

From: Greece

Joined: 8/31/2008

Thank you all for your kind words!
Posted: 11/30/2009 7:30:51 PM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

Here's May live at the Vinyl Microstore:

May Roosevelt (

Posted: 11/30/2009 9:10:24 PM
Thomas Grillo

From: Jackson Mississippi

Joined: 8/13/2006

Hello May, I'm sorry I'm late finding this thread.

Welcome to TW. :)
Posted: 12/1/2009 2:37:47 AM

From: Colmar, France

Joined: 12/31/2007

coalport wrote: [i]Here's May live at the Vinyl Microstore[/i]

This is not comparable... The music on her new CD is a completely different style - no looper lament as in the piece on the video.

One may prelisten to some tracks on her myspace site All four pieces called "The one with the ..." are from the CD and give a much better impression.

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