Or­ches­tral magic from a one-woman or­ches­tra comes to Sellersville

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By Mary Can­tell


How many V-year-olds do you know think the vi­o­lin is cool? One Cherry Hill na­tive did since she fiUVW QRWLFHG KHU EHVW IULHQG play­ing one, and at an early age, Caryn Lin set out to ob­tain one of her own. What she did with it later is the real story.

“:KHQ , fiUVW VWDUWHG SODy­ing, and they gave a test for mu­si­cal tal­ent, they said I didn’t have any tal­ent!” said Lin.

That all changed later when her teach­ers ad­mit­ted the mis­take and re­tracted their state­ments. The child did in­deed have tal­ent. She went on to be­come the concert mis­tress in school or- ches­tras, stud­ied with the Philadel­phia or­ches­tra’s Larry Grika, among oth­ers, and ma­jored in vi­o­lin per­for­mance at North­west­ern Univer­sity.

She loved her Jack­son Browne and Bob Dy­lan al­bums, and af­ter class let out, she’d come back to her room to croon to them — with her vi­o­lin.

Clas­si­cally trained Caryn Lin is all grown up now, and her love for the vi­o­lin is still at the fore­front of her life. In fact, she’s taken her once in­spir­ing in­stru­ment, added an­other string (or two), and has given it a steroid shot. So if you’re not of the per­sua­sion that vi­o­lins are all that cool in the tra­di­tional sense, you’ll be amazed at what Lin can make her beefed-up vi­o­lin do now.

vou’ve heard of a sixstringed gui­tar, but have you met a six-stringed elec­tric vi­o­lin?

Aside from adding strings, while jam­ming with other mu­si­cians in street shows and bands across the pond in Ger­many af­ter grad­u­a­tion, one of Lin’s band mates had an in­spi­ra­tional thought to plug an echo box onto her vi­o­lin. The sound be­came PDJQL­fiHG DV WKRuJK LW were a sound­scape of sorts, ul­ti­mately elec­tri­fy­ing, and un­like any­thing she’d ever heard. She’s found her niche. A mu­si­cal star was born.

“We’re in our 10th year,” she said of her tour­ing per­for­mances with her hus­band, Bruce Rogers, who plays elec­tric drums and gui­tar. They put on an en­gag­ing 45- to 50-minute show that in­cludes a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion, where she brings sounds out of her var­i­ous elec­tric vi­o­lins that send the au­di­ence into a state of amaze­ment.

The tech­nique she em­ploys is called “loop­ing,” where she adds sounds and lay­ers them to bring about an oth­er­worldly, 3-D ef­fect. In essence, she’s play­ing duets and trios with her­self by the mu­sic she’s crafted. Adding to that, she turns the vi­o­lin into a per­cus­sion in­stru­ment as well, lend­ing to the all­to­gether blend of a vir­tual or­ches­tra.

Lin de­scribes her mu­sic as “a cross be­tween clas­si­cal­ish and rock-ish.”

“Ev­ery­thing I do is ‘ish.’ If I had to pick styles, it would be a cross be­tween new-age clas­si­cal and world [na­tive African].”

She has in­tro­duced her work as “…Na­tive Amer­i­can, West African, tech­notribal, Aus­tralian, cos­mic, Celtic, rock piece.” Ob­vi­ously, there are no lim­its to her cre­ativ­ity.

Once bul­lied in school, the for­merly nerdish Lin brings a mes­sage to her oth­er­wise en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams for kids and adults.

“I try to im­press upon the kids to say ‘no’ to naysay­ers,” she said. “Just be­cause some­one bul­lies, or says you can’t do some­thing, you don’t have to lis­ten.”

Come see the fam­i­ly­ori­ented shows of this mu­si­cal in­no­va­tor and vi­o­lin vir­tu­oso, who’s played ev­ery venue from Lin­coln Cen­ter to the Cray­ola Crayon Fac­tory. Her mu­sic has been heard in the French Alps and is fea­tured on MTV’s “Real World,” along with 150 ra­dio sta­tions across the coun­try. vou’ll even see and hear her in the movie “Philadel­phia.” Her fifth al­bum is ti­tled “The Call.”

As the New vork Post once said, “Un­like the mu­sic GH­fiQHG Ey SuUH JHQUH, LLQ’V only lim­its are those of her elec­tric vi­o­lin.”

Caryn Lin plays vi­o­lin for a group of young­sters dur­ing a pre­vi­ous per­for­mance.

Caryn Lin will per­form a show geared to­ward chil­dren at the Sellersville Theater Fri­day, Nov. 9.

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