September 2019 - Marios Joannou Elia

Marios Joannou Elia with Matryomin Ensemble Mable and Da
The September 2019 episode of the Theremin 30 podcast is devoted to theremin music of Japan. Rick Reid's guest is Marios Joannou Elia, composer and spokesperson for the Theremin 100 Japan project.


"Londonderry Air" - Masami Takeuchi (Hamamatsu, Japan)
"Ave Maria" (Saint-Saens) - Yoko Onishi (Zushi, Japan)
"Sa Sasa" - WataFei, featuring Fatern (Osaka, Japan)
"Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Boogie" - Matryomin Ensemble Mable and Da (Hamamatsu, Japan)
"Nori" - Tamakiharu Maharumahayason, featuring Keiya Maruyama (Ueda, Japan)


"Opera Glasses" - Phlogiston Theory and Ron Allen (Denver, CO and Seattle, WA, USA)
"Time Shadows" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)
"No Static at All" - Phlogiston Theory (Denver, CO, USA)


Marios Joannou Elia, International Goodwill Ambassador, Theremin 100 Japan Project


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Producer/Writer/Host: Rick Reid
Opening and closing announcer: David Brower

Copyright 2019 Rick Reid


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David Brower  0:04  
This is Theremin 3030 minutes of Theremin music news events and interviews with a new episode about every 30 days. Now here's your host from Denver, Colorado, USA Rick Reid.

Rick Reid  0:19  
Hello and welcome to the only regularly scheduled podcast devoted to Theremin music and events. In this special September 2019 edition we'll focus on Theremin musicians of Japan with performances by Yoko ohnishi Fay turn key Maruyama and more. As usual, all of the artists have given me permission to play their music in this show. Plus, I have an interview with Mario's Giovanna ellia, who will tell us all about the Theremin 100 Japan project scheduled for mid September just a couple of weeks from today. events will include live concerts and a Guinness world record attempt. Let's begin this month show with a performance by Masami Takeuchi. Japan's leading proponent of Theremin music. Masami is the founder and director of Mandarin electron, a company based in Hamamatsu that makes matri omens, those cute Theremin is built inside Russian nesting dolls. We'll be talking more about matri omens later in the podcast, Masami studied them in performance under the guidance of Lydia cabina and has been a Theremin teacher to hundreds of students in Japan. Here he is playing the traditional Irish folk tune, Londonderry air

Rick Reid  9:04  
We started the show with Londonderry air performed by Masami Takeuchi. Then we heard a beautiful performance of sun suns Ave Maria by Yoko ohnishi. Yoko lives in zushi, Japan that performances from her 2017 CD called all Theremin, it's a multitrack recording and she played all of the parts layer by layer on Theremin you can see music videos for both of those songs on the Theremin 30 playlist on YouTube. It's time now for the Theremin 30 calendar of Theremin events with highlights of live Theremin performances you can attend in the coming weeks. duet for Theremin and lap steel are on tour in the United States from September 5 through the 14th with stops in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. Mandarin electron hosts the Theremin 100 Japan project during The week of September 14, we will have details later in the show. Other Theremin soloists and bands on stage this month include Karolina Ike Lydia cabina, project momento, Charlie Draper and about Aphrodite featuring thereminist Gilda rosani. In October, Theremin music is featured in diaspora a science fiction stage show in Newport Victoria, Australia. The fourth international Theremin Academy will take place in Santiago, Chile. From October 9 through the 13th, and duo film Harmonia, I'll provide live accompaniment to the classic silent horror film the hands of orlok on Halloween night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. To get more details about these events and many more, follow the links on the calendar at Theremin I update the calendar every few days so check back up and if you would like your upcoming shows included on the calendar, just send me the information through the Theremin 30 website or Facebook page.

Rick Reid  11:16  
Our next thereminist feature will be performing live in Osaka, Japan on September 29 patron has recorded and performed live with several different bands in the Osaka area. Here she is in a duo called Wanda FA with acoustic guitarist Wataru say Joe and a song called salsa. According to Google Translate salsa means little

Rick Reid  16:09  
There's more music to come on the Theremin 30 podcast and we'll talk with composer Mario's Jono ellia about the Theremin 100 Japan project, so stay tuned.

Rick Reid  16:41  
Remember you can find links to all of the artists featured on this podcast at Theremin three earlier in the show I mentioned matri omens, the handheld Theremin is built inside Russian nesting dolls, while the instruments can be mounted in other containers as well. Our next recording features they're demons that are mounted inside the bottles of a Japanese herbal liqueur called yo may issue. You'll be able to see the bottle if you watch the video on our Theremin 30 playlist on YouTube. Here is metrium an ensemble model and a DA with Beethoven's Symphony number nine Boogie. Yeah You heard me right I said Boogie.

Rick Reid  20:19  
Of course throughout this year and into 2020 there are 100 anniversary celebrations of the Theremin all over the world. This month the biggest festivities are happening in Japan, Mandarin electron will host two days of Theremin concerts, and an attempt to set a new world record for the largest Theremin ensemble. To find out more about the Theremin 100 Japan project. I recently spoke with guest composer performer and spokesman for the event. Mario's Giovanna ellia he talked to me via Skype from his home in Cyprus. Welcome to the show. I

Marios Joannou Elia 20:53  
really appreciate you being on Theremin 30 to tell us about the Theremin 100 Japan project read thank you very much for the invitation. I am happy to spread with you the word because I strongly believe it is a project and a musical adventure which is worthy to be known internationally

Rick Reid  21:16  
tell our podcast listeners general overview of what the event is and why it got started.

Marios Joannou Elia  21:21  
And we are celebrating 100 years since the invention of terramin. I collaborated with his grant grants and Peter Theremin in a project I have implemented two years ago in Russian Vladivostok through this development, I was introduced to by Sammy Taguchi, the inventor of the Japanese is my dream now we are preparing something very special to celebrate 100 years of Theremin instrument in Japan. The project includes a couple of performances in two different cities in Japan. Is that right? We are going to be three concerts one in COVID the Kobe Art Center and the second one are the two Rumi buarque Cultural Center in Yokohama on the 17th and it will be repeated on the same day. And in both concerts, their daughter Natalia Theremin and the great grandson of Theremin Peter will also take part

Rick Reid  22:33  
you mentioned Masami his instrument the matri. Oh man, we

Marios Joannou Elia  22:37  
should probably explain what that is. Maybe it could be understood as a simplified Theremin. McLovin includes the mechanism of the Theremin insights and Matryoshka doll, and it's gaining immense popularity in Japan.

Rick Reid  22:53  
I understand you're composing music for it.

Marios Joannou Elia 22:55  
Yes, actually, it's the second time I write a piece for the macrobid ensemble. The first one was one year ago when I began to work on a project in Kyoto. And there I composed one piece called geisha for 30 bucks your main players and piano accompaniment, why 30 in this case, because this is the group that they are professional performance on the material mean, it is called us sample marble in that you also have present the concepts in Yokohama and Kobe on the 15th and 17th of September. This time, however, we go one step further, and the new piece will be for the largest multi domain ensemble ever came together. Previously, the Guinness world record for the largest methylamine and sample has been helped in 2013. Also from an initiative of Mandarin electronic Masami Taguchi, and he used to take part 272 materialists are bad players. So, this time is going to be around 300 to 310 and a half composed the new piece within the framework of this word, Guinness record. How do 300 musicians get together and perform a piece where you probably I imagine aren't going to have a lot of rehearsal time with all 300 people. Their preparation has already begun. In January. There are every week meetings and rehearsals in Hamamatsu in Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Yokohama, and of course Tokyo and all these groups we come together for the first time, one day before the Guinness record. And this is where the whole ensemble rehearses for the first time and this will be an all day evening rehearsal and then Next day, the Guinness world record attempt will take place in COVID. I wish I could be there to observe it and maybe even participate but not gonna make it over there.

Rick Reid  25:09  
Maybe the next time,

Marios Joannou Elia 25:11  
maybe that will be one time that the estimate will be so spread through the states so they record could be challenged, I knew.

Rick Reid  25:24  
It sounds like a great celebration for the 100th anniversary of the invention of the theorem and wish you luck in setting the new world record for the most airman's, played in one location at the same time. Thank

Marios Joannou Elia 25:37  
you very much for everything. Last but not least, allow me to say that all of these projects are an initiative of the Mandarin electron. They are Russian and Japanese Theremin schools.

Rick Reid  25:58  
The final song for this episode comes from the Nagano area. That's a live performance by the duo Tamaki how to Maha Roma Hiaasen featuring KMR ohyama on Theremin and sie Naka Nisha on bamboo percussion. This is k his own modern arrangement of 1000 year old song called Tory or an English bird.

Rick Reid  29:02  
That's all the time we have for this month. I want to thank all of the musicians who allowed me to play their music in this episode. Also a special thanks to Mario's Joanna ellia for visiting with us about the Theremin 100 Japan project. If you enjoy the Theremin, 30 podcast, please tell your friends about it. Theremin 30 has hundreds of listeners around the world, but I would much rather have 1000s of listeners coming up in the October episode of Theremin 30. I'm going to dig up some sci fi and horror themed recordings in commemoration of Halloween. If you have some spooky Theremin music you'd like me to play in the October show, please contact me through the website or the Theremin 30 Facebook page. Until then, I'm your host Rick Reid. Thank you for tuning in.

David Brower  29:51  
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