Steiner Lecture in Creative Inquiry


Virtuosic thereminist Pamelia Stickney (formerly Kurstin) was born in Los Angeles, California in 1976. At age 12, she was introduced to the violin, viola, and cello, and began her professional career as a jazz/rock musician at 18. While recording with the band Geggy Tah in 1997, her bandmates showed her the film Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, prompting her fascination with this unusual and uniquely challenging electronic instrument. Pamelia’s background with string instruments and as a jazz bass player influenced her signature playing techniques, expanding the theremin's expressive possibilities. 

In 2003 she began to perform solo “theremin orchestral” works, in which she improvises using looping pedals; his led to her debut solo album, Thinking Out Loud, released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label in 2007. Pamelia has become one of the world’s most sought-after thereminists. She performs, collaborates and records with a wide variety of artists and ensembles, including Seb Rochford, Simone Dinnerstein, Kontrapunkt Ensemble of the Vienna Musikverein, Grace Jones, Arthur Blythe, Gerry Gibbs, Sebastien Tellier, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Cape Symphony Orchestra, and more.

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