Pamelia Kurstin at E:vent

Last night, I was thinking of going to check out some music in East London.

I almost did not go; I had a busy day; I was a bit bent out of shape and mentally drained.

But a good friend of mine was also going to the gig. And being in London, we don’t always get a chance to meet up with our lives running in parallel; me out in west London with work and living in SW in Battersea. He lives out in SE London in Catford and doing is art college in Camberwell.

The gig was at the E:vent gallery space in Bethnal Green. “Ok, I have to go and have a night out with some friends”, I thought to myself.

The attraction was to see a theremin performance by Pamelia Kurstin. I did not know Pamelia’s work and I had never seen a theremin played before. I remember the theremin from music by the Beach Boys.

The copy on the web-site said the performance would NOT be music just like one might have
heard in Sci-fi films where theremin has been used many times.

There was a few acts on before Pamelia. They were good to interesting; when I say interesting for some of the acts, the noise that was being made did not work for me but it made me think.

Getting back to the main act, Pamelia’s performance was fantastic. She really got the theremin
to make some beautiful music. She was working with samplers to loop herself as she played and she would create layers of sounds. She performed about 3 pieces.

My friends and I were so glad we went; and we only heard of the event just a week before. None of us had heard of Pamelia before.

And when Pamelia spoke she even made noises like a theremin. She is a live musical pixie. She has a really infectious joy about her. We did chat with her after the gig and we were all just so happy. She was happy; I was happy; my friends were happy.

This was the end of her UK tour (I believe). I hope she comes back.

Pamelia on Myspace


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