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Theremin virtuoso experiments with space-age sounds
By Jason Hardy
To Jared Alberico, music isn’t
necessarily something that comes
from a piano or a guitar. To him,
music comes from everything that
“I find music even in just every
day life,” Alberico said.
Saturday he’ll give Lincoln a
cosmic illustration of what music
means to him.
Alberico, Nebraska’s self-pro
" claimed theremin virtuoso, will per
form Saturday night at the Wagon
Train Project/7th Street Loft, 504 S.
Seventh St. Also performing is Jack
Wright and Mike O’Neill, an impro
visational duet from Boulder, Colo.
Alberico, who specializes in
older electronic instruments, plays a
unique style of music utilizing spacy
sounds and odd rhythms.
“I try to paint pictures of infinity
with the two components of music,
sound and silence,” Alberico said.
“It’s everything from a whisper to a
scream. I try to generate two or three
moving patterns at a time, but some
times there’s nothing going on, and
the audience provides the entertain
He said it was hard to describe
his music, but the best way was to say
how he made it.
“I try to think of myself as like a
tone scientist, and by combining dif
ferent elements of sounds, I try to
calculate equations and bring about
some reaction from the crowd,”
David Walters, a longtime fan,
said Alberico’s music was a combi
nation of many elements.
“It’s a mix of rhythms and sounds
and kind of space-age stuff,” Walters
said. “It doesn’t really fit into a
He said he was a bit blown away
when he first saw Alberico perform.
“It kind of overloaded the sens
es,” Walters said. “It’s quite a mix of
sight and sound.”
To create this unique mixture,
Alberico uses some almost antique
instruments - a theremin, which
Alberico built himself, and a Moog
“The theremin is the world’s first
electronic instrument, and it’s the
only one you don’t touch,” Alberico
He said it was like a box with an
antennae that creates weird sounds
when a hand or body part gets near it.
A Moog is an early synthesizer,
and it puts out zany electronic
sounds. Alberico uses these instru
ments and a guitar when he per
He said he used the theremin,
layered over a rhythm or sound
from a Moog, to get the sound he
“I use the synthesizer as more ol
a background, sort of a pad to fill the
sonic ballad, and I utilize the guitai
and the theremin as more of the
melody,” Alberico said.
He said Saturday’s show would
be a free improvisational perfor
mance, which basically means there
is no strict song format and the music
comes out of the spontaneous emo
tion put into it.
“It’s when two or three people gel
together and con
verse, but instead c
words, we use mu;
“Generally, I just
set up my instru
ments and make su
everything is worki
and the music will le£
me where it needs t<
He said he hopes
people will come to
with an open mind toward music.
“What they’ll be seeing is th<
commutation of the last 10
years synthesized down to
Alberico said. 4
borne people consider what I
do random noise, but they haven’t
been able to hear my development
over the years to understand my
arrival to this point, and I don’t i
expect them to. I just hope /9
they come and hear some
thing different for a ▼ **
Walters said “different”
was the best way to
not for somebody PPPr”
who’s looking for
Walters said. “It’s not
for the faint of heart.”
starts at 8 p.m. and
Ska bands old and new
combine forces onstage
SKA LESEKDS the Skatalites will perform at Knickerbockers Saturday night.
By Sarah Baker
This weekend the “godfathers of
ska” are teaching the grandchildren
how it’s done.
The Skatalites, the band that found
ed ska music, and the more recent Let’s
Go Bowling, part of die newest wave of
ska music, both will take the stage
Sunday at Knickerbockers, 9010 St
Shaun Tyrrell, an employee at
Knickerbockers, said the show is a mix
of both the old and new kinds of ska
“The Skatalites were the first ska
band ever; they have the Jamaican
sound,” Tyrrell said. “Letfc Go Bowling
have the new style of ska, which is
known as the third wave.”
The first wave of ska, which began
in the early 1960s with the Skatalites,
was a combination of jazz and Jamaican
sounds. The second movement took
place in Britain and was followed by a
third wave in the United States.
The third wave has hatched such
ska bands as the Mighty Mighty
Bosstones and Reel Big Fish, Tyrrell
Tyrrell said this was die first time
die legendary Skatalites have played in
“We are expecting a lot of the older
generations to come out for the
Skatalites, and a lot of younger kids for
Letts Go Bowling,” he said.
Tyrrell said the audience also will
get a special treat at this show.
“The Skatalites have their original
singer with them on this tour, so that’s
something unique,” he said.
He said they are expecting a large
crowd for die show.
“People will come out to see this
show,” he said. “The Skatalites are leg
ends in the world of ska music.
They’ve been around for a long time.”
The Skatalites and Let’s Go
Bowling are playing Sunday at
Knickerbockers. The show starts at 6
Tickets are $13, and the show is
open to all ages. For more information,
call Knickerbockers at (402) 476
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