The Wetware Trombone

Günter Heinz

theremin's drowning trombones

Eric Ross - Theremin, Guitar, Synthesizer
n.n. - video processing


In 1993, when Günter Heinz created his concept of WETWARE TROMBONE, he didnít think about water. He thought about wet nights, wet bargains, wet dreams... ( see his CD on FOR4EARS ), and he used that label to discribe his style of playing the trombone, both pluged and un-pluged to electronical devices. That really was successful and led him to many places on this world, above water and under water, among that to the Moscow Theremin Center, he played with a concert at the big hall of the Tshajkovski Conservatory. So, it was clear, that Günter Heinz didnít hesitate, when the NewYork performer and Theremin virtuoso Eric Ross called him for collaboration. THEREMINís DROWNING TROMBONES may be performed in concert halls as well as in water facilities like swimming pools. It works with greatly Ė from various electronical instruments, the THEREMIN among them, and the WETWARE TROMBONE - developed sound spaces, impressing live-performances and live-video processings.



Eric Ross (born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, USA) received his B.A. and M.A. from the State University of New York. He premiered his Concerto for Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York, and released his first solo album, Songs for Synthesized Soprano, in 1982. He has written symphonies, chamber pieces and many works for solo instruments. He's performed concerts of his original music at the Newport, Berlin, Montreux, and North Sea Jazz Festivals, the Copenhagen New Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival among others worldwide.
Eric performs on piano, guitars, synthesizers, and the Theremin. For over twenty years, he has led his own ensemble that has featured jazz greats John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins, Byard Lancaster, new music virtuosos Robert Dick, Lydia Kavina, Youseff Yancy and many others. He has also played with Blues Legends Champion Jack Dupree, Lonnie Brooks, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and BB King. With his wife, Mary Ross, Eric presents multi-media concerts of video and computer art. He began playing the Theremin in 1975, and has performed on radio, film and television. He has written an Overture for 14 Theremins and performed on the 1997 World Premiere of Percy Grainger's Free Music No.1 in New York City. As a teacher, Eric Ross has lectured on the Theremin, piano, guitar, and electronic music at colleges, universities and schools throughout the United States and Europe. He was Master Teacher at the First International Theremin Festival, and he was a personal friend of inventor Robert Moog and the theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore.


Guenter Heinz

Günter Heinz studied mathematics in Halle, music in Dresden and Berlin.
Initially he worked at several universities as a mathematician, and he confirmed a doctorate at Bergakademie Freiberg.
Since 1987 he is free-lancer as a musician, mainly focusing on contemporary music.
He has premiered many pieces for trombone and recorded for radio and CD in Germany, Switzerland and USA.
1992-93 he was guest-composer at the electronical studio of the Musicacademy Basel, where he also developed his "wetware trombone" concept.
His compositions have been performed in Berlin, Moskau, Madrid, USA...
He has participated in many important music festivals like in Berlin, Leipzig, Barcelona, Stavanger, Genf, Victoria (BC).
Lectureship in Malta and Sardinia.
In the Jazz area he played amongst many others with Bernd Köppen, Lou Grassi, Kent Carter, Bill Elgart, Michael Lythel, Augusti Fernandez, Fred van Hove, Günter "Baby" Sommer, Ernst Bier and Hartmut Dorschner.
In 2007 he performed at Bach-Fest in the Freiberg cathedral together with Veryan Weston on the Silbermann organ, and he premiered his opera "Wittgenstein" at Festspielhaus Hellerau.
In 2008 he developed the sound performance "digging the mine" with words from his iraq-american friend Sargon Boulus.
He also performs with dancer Frank van de Ven, singer Ute Wassermann, video-artist Jo Siamon Salich, sound-artist Andre Bartetzki, and he did many art openings like "grasgeflüster Ė lebensgeister" from textil-artist Lina A. Dippel.