Pamelia Kurstin

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Pamelia Kurstin
Vienna 2012-12-03 - Pamelia Kurstin, adjusting her 'Theremin'.jpg
Pamelia Kurstin, 2012.
Background information
Born (1976-05-28) 28 May 1976 (age 38)
California, USA
Genres Classical, Electronic, Contemporary classical
Occupations musician, composer, author
Instruments Theremin, double bass, piano, cello
Notable instruments
Moog Music Etherwave Pro

Pamelia Kurstin (born Pamela Stickney May 28, 1976 in Southern California) is an American theremin player. She has performed and recorded with many artists including David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Seb Rochford, Otto Lechner and Simone Dinnerstein, and was instrumental to the final design of Robert Moog's Etherwave Pro Theremin, for which she was the primary test musician.[citation needed] Pamelia has made various film, television and radio appearances, most notably on Saturday Night Live,[citation needed] and in the 2004 documentary Moog.[1]

Pamelia has also presented talks at events such as TED.[2] Her background as a jazz musician on the upright bass has led to develop a "walking bass" theremin technique. She was based in New York until 2005; she now lives in Vienna, Austria.

Pamelia was first introduced to the theremin during production of the album Into the Oh in 1999 by Luaka Bop duo Geggy Tah – singer/writer Tommy Jordan and keyboardist Greg Kurstin. Kurstin recorded Gymnopedie in 2000 as a member of the theremin/keyboard duo called "The Kurstins" with her then-husband, Greg. Her first solo album Thinking Out Loud was released in 2007 on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2011 the London-based label Slowfoot released Ouch Evil Slow Hop,[3] a collaboration between Pamelia and Seb Rochford.

In 2013, Pamelia formed Blueblut [4] with Mark Holub and Chris Janka. The Vienna-based trio released their first album hurts so gut on Bandcamp in 2014.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database - Moog". Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Seb Rochford/Pamelia Kurstin: Ouch Evil Slow Hop review". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pamelia Kurstin über Möbel mit Midi-Funktion" (in German). Skug Journal For Music. Retrieved 26 May 2014.