Frank Schultz (left) and Scott Burland are Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel. (source: dftals.bandcamp.com)

An EarRelevant Interlude, No. 8: Improvisation (DFTALS)

Mark Gresham | 16 JUL 2020

Number 8 in a series of audio and video presentations curated by by EarRelevant’s publisher and principal writer Mark Gresham as part of his “Composer’s Notebook.” Several of our writers are also composers, and in this preocess we’d like to introduce you to some of their music during this time in which we are absent live concerts. In this instence, we turn to a different way of “composing” music than writing notation on paper: improvisation – every bit as valid and vital a form of original musical creation.


Rialto Center for the Arts “Homegrown” Series presents Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel

Atlanta’s most astutely named band provides us with a hypnotic set of drones, strums, washes and squiggles, all performed on the theremin (Scott Burland) and lap steel guitar (Frank Shultz). This video premiered on July 9, 2020 as part of the Rialto Center’s “Homegrown” Series on Facebook and YouTube, introduced by Nathan Brown.

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A pharmacist by trade, Scott Burland is a thereminist and improviser in his off-work hours. Along with lap steel player Frank Schultz, he is half of Atlanta’s long-time experimental ambient music improv team, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel. Burland has written several articles for EarRelevant since May 2019, including an account of the 2019 Moogfest and a review of Carolina Eyck’s Elegies CD.

To hear more by Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel visit their Bandcamp site at www.dftals.bandcamp.com. The DFTALS home website can be found at www.duetonline.net. ■


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