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Mano Divina is a professional concert thereminist, endorsed by Moog, and musical director of the Divine Hand Ensemble. Divina hypnotizes electricity and creates a fusion of science and magic when he pulls notes from the air, on the theremin.
A theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact. It's the only instrument that you play without touching. By carefully trained hand movements, the thereminist harnesses the “electricity in the air” brought about by the instrument’s specially designed antennae’s ability to create an electromagnetic field. Theremins were used memorably in movie soundtracks (e.g. Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mars Attacks!) and are commonly associated with having a very eerie sound (think “ flying saucers ”). Theremins are also used in concert music (especially avant-garde and 20th- and 21st-century new music) and in popular music genres such as rock. (Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love", The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations").
Mano Divina makes his sing like an opera soprano!
Mano Divina was recently invited by the city of Moscow on behalf of their government to celebrate the anniversary of the instrument, which was created there. He has appeared on WHYY, WNJN, and was inducted into the RCA archives. He is a frequent speaker for the Tesla Foundation, and was chosen to play for the Pope during his visit 2015 to Philadelphia.
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