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Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel goes trio

Photo credit: Courtesy Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel
Friday January 26, 2018 03:31 pm EST
Frank Schultz and Scott Burland team up with Ben Shirley for a dark collaboration

Since 2006, Scott Burland (Theremin) and Frank Schultz (lap steel) have cultivated a rich ambient presence performing as Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel. The duo’s simple formula has evolved into a sprawling and ethereal blend of droning and electronic textures. Burland and Schultz are no strangers to collaboration, having documented mesmerizing meditations alongside Andrew Weathers, Helena Espvall, Richard Lainhart, Bill Brovold, and members of Chattanooga’s Shaking Ray Levis.

For their latest offering, Burland and Schultz called on cellist Benjamin Shirley (Faun and a Pan Flute), who adds a subtle but substantial new angle into the mix. DfTaLS with Benjamin Shirley is comprised of four live, improvised pieces recorded at Creative Sound Labs. Here, the trio’s instruments blur into a floating, amorphous cloud wafting through a darkly hued performance. “Part 2” is eerily unsettling as it brings together spine-tingling textures and scraped strings, while “Part 4” takes shape amid a flurry of discombobulated electronic sound. ★★★☆☆

DfTaLS plays Eyedrum. Sat., Feb. 3, with RoboCromp.