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Electric Diamond Renaissance

                 Stuart Diamond   

Don Slepian


The Pioneering Multimedia
Electronic Music Ensemble

Stuart Diamond - Electronic Wind Instrument

Don Slepian - Keyboards

Karen Bentley Pollick - Violin (Guest Artist)

Ruth Cunningham - Voice (Guest Artist)

Kip Rosser - Theremin (Guest Artist)

ELECTRIC DIAMOND is one of the longest-lived electronic performance ensembles - 40 years plus and going strong. It is a reimagining of the classical music chamber ensemble.  The group first performed in 1979 playing concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall, Symphony Space, the Guggenheim Museum and other venues of the New York 1970s new music scene. In the mid 1980’s electronic wind player founder Stuart Diamond joined forces with the eclectic, electric keyboard innovator Don Slepian, whose credits and talents are legendary – from artist-engineer-in-residence at Bell Laboratories to the original ambient sound painter for “Music from the Hearts of Space”.

Together they began presenting programs that integrated classical music with free-flowing improvisations – from Bach to Mussorgsky, from medieval dances to Native American soundscapes. They have performed throughout America and Asia, performing for the erudite audiences at Steinway Hall to the mass crowds at the Macy’s 4th of July Celebration in downtown Manhattan. 

ELECTRIC DIAMOND's concerts are truly "live", without the use of any computer sequencing or multi tracking techniques. The results are performances of immediacy, power and authentic feeling - seamless and flowing meditations, integrating classical, jazz, pop, folk, medieval music into the original sound that is Electric Diamond. Think electronic-classical-raga.

"A wonderful trip into the asteroids...a fully symphonic piece of intense dignity and feeling."

"Turning rock and roll into chamber music may be about as elusive a trick as the alchemists' dream of turning lead into gold, but Stuart Diamond, at least to my ears has done it...ahead of his time."

"Imaginative, visual , linear music. The music Tolkien might have written if he had used a piano instead of a pen"

"The combination of the musicians’ insights and love for the music shined throughout the performance illuminating their audience into a thoughtful contemplative reflection. There was a peace felt among those who listened as they closed their eyes so their hearts and souls could be fully opened. One came to understand why many of the names mankind have given their particular deities have the “Ah” sound in them for it was a sound heard often during the concert."

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Recent Work

Watch and listen to our latest music video: Sirens

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Electric Diamond performs Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" 

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