Electronic press kit
About Divine Hand Ensemble
Led by concert thereminist Mano Divina Giannone, the Divine Hand Ensemble defies categorization. Mano Divina bends electricity with his hands to release voices from his fingertips while being backed by an exquisite string quartet, two harps, vibraphone, and accordion.
Described as “hypnotic, breathtaking, and mesmerizing, an amalgamation of magic, science, and music”, the ensemble is the world’s only theremin-fronted band. Over the past ten years they’ve performed internationally for diverse audiences as well as dignitaries such as Pope Francis, the Dali Lama, President of the UN, film directors M.Night Shyamalan and David Lynch, the DEA, and the Royal Family of Serbia.
Mano Divina studied music with Sun Ra from 1987 to 1993 and Tito Puente from 1993 to 1998. After mastering nine instruments from percussion to bass to turntables, he applied his musical prowess and opera knowledge to the theremin in the late 90s. Invented in 1922 by radio engineer León Theremin, the theremin is the first electronic musical instrument and is controlled without physical contact. Mano Divina is releasing Aria 51 in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the theremin in hopes of touching music lovers of all kinds with the unique beauty of singing electricity.
About Aria 51, the debut album
For fans of Danny Elfman, Vitamin String Quartet, Clara Rockmore
Aria 51 is a sci-fi musical journey, the new sound of classical music that pushes the boundaries of the crossover genre. The album features the ethereal, other-worldly sounds of the theremin as a diva. Thereminist Mano Divina bends electricity with his hands to release angelic voices from his fingertips while being backed by an exquisite string quartet, two harps, vibraphone, accordion, and guests.
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