NEW YORK – This Saturday (Jul 20th), Fou Gallery is delighted to invite you to join a unique Theremin Performance by Rafael Carrasquillo. This event accompanies the current dual exhibition Jisook Kim & Hilda Shen: Orogenies, in which the two artists narrate the stories about the formation of mountains in their own visual languages, while in the theremin performance by Rafael Carrasquillo, you are invited to be immersed in the radio mountains generated by the Theremin.
Since invented by Soviet physicist Léon Termen in 1919, Theremin has always been the only electronic instrument in the world that controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). The instrument’s controlling section usually consists of two LC oscillators which can sense the relative position of the performer’s hands and the instrument.
Currently in Fou Gallery is showing an exhibition Orogenies, in which conceptual mountains are built physically and visually, and for next Saturday, you are invited to wander in the radio mountains built by the Theremin.
Theremin inventor Léon Termen playing the instrument, the 1920s
Rafael Carrasquillo is an eclectic artist that reaches out for as many musical endeavors and possibilities as possible. A native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Rafael started playing the piano by ear at the age of four. After a brief tenure at Puerto Rico’s Conservatory of Music, Rafael graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.A. in Music Performance and Production. During this period he toured the Caribbean, the U.S., and Europe with a number of groups and singers. After attending the Recording Workshop School in Ohio, earning a degree in music recording and production in the late 1980s, he returns to the Island, where he proceeded to establish a career as a performing, recording and producing artist. Currently, Rafael runs his piano tuning and repair company Tuning Fork NYC as well as directing the Theremin trio The Thereminoes. Rafael is also preparing for his Puerto Rico Piano & Drums Summer Tour as well as with the pop-rock band Radio Pirata, which during the 1990s had several hits on the local radio and enjoyed considerable popularity among the U.S. and Latin America.