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Barbara Buchholz


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Barbara Buchholz studied music at the University of Bielefeld. In the 80s, she toured as bass player with the
women’s orchestra Reichlich Weiblich. Later, the recipient of numerous music awards played and sang with
projects crossing the boundaries of art, music, poetry, dance; recorded for the WDR; followed an invitation
of the Goethe Institute to teach in Tansania. As a composer and performer, Barbara Buchholz has worked for

a wide range of theatres; as artistic director she conceived and produced Tap It Deep – a unique blend of
midified tap dance and new jazz – as well as Human Interactivity – a collaboration with the Russian
computer painter Olga Kumeger, among others. Barbara Buchholz’ current musical endeavours focus on the
Thereminvox, an instrument played without touch, as well as the MIDI Theremin, an innovation commissioned
by the artist herself: using a combination of MIDI signals and a sampler, the MIDI Theremin lets her trigger
loops and samples by hand gestures in the air.

Multiple invitations by the
Russian Office of Cultural Affairs plus a number of
stipends have allowed Barbara Buchholz to deepen
her studies of these “antenna instruments” at the
Theremincenter in Moscow. As master student of
Lydia Kavina, a descendent of Theremin’s originator
Lev Thermen, she picks up the once interrupted
tradition of this instrument and finds new ways

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  • con_shonery

    if someone got link to her album please write me a message

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gertietheduck

    RIP, Barbara.

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    Buchholz, Kavina, and Kurstin. The three daughters of Clara Rockmore, the holy trinity of contemporary thereminists.

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Scafolder

    Nice music ! moonstruck, stein, sixeight - very love

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • lastschmidt

    Her last album "moonstruck" is a milestone for the contemporary theremin music. She recorded on it with artists like Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang, Ulrike Haage and the Kammerflimmer Kollektief.

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • kokoona

    she's awesome.

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • redandr

    More fantastic theremin music: Randy George. Especially his "Vocalise"-performance is terrific.

    7 Feb 2009 Reply

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