Hello! We are People Inside Electronics, a concert series that presents adventurous, new electronic and electroacoustic music in Los Angeles, and this year we are preparing for our most ambitious project to date. We're commissioning four great composers -- Julia Adolphe, Jeremy Cavaterra, Alexander Elliott Miller, and Elise Roy -- to write new music for the Magnetic Resonator Piano, a hybrid acoustic-electronic instrument that augments the capabilities of the traditional piano. These new compositions will be premiered on April 18th, 2015 by four of LA's most talented pianists -- Nic Gerpe, Aron Kallay, Steven Vanhauwaert, and Richard Valitutto.
We're asking for your help to bring this new music to life! All of the funds raised in this campaign will go directly to commissioning the composers for new works for this amazing instrument, so it's a fantastic way to directly support the creation of new music. We've got a ton of rewards from the composers and performers... everything from recordings to autographed scores to private house concerts.
We hope that you'll be part of this exciting project and can join us on April 18th for the Magnetic Resonator Piano in concert!
ABOUT THE MAGNETIC RESONATOR PIANO
The Magnetic Resonator Piano (aka MRP) is a hybrid acoustic-electronic instrument that augments the capabilities of the traditional piano. Created by composer-researcher Andrew McPherson, the MRP uses electromagnets inside the instrument to induce the strings to vibration, creating infinite sustain, crescendos from silence, harmonics, pitch bends and new timbres. The instrument is played with an extended performance technique that includes partial key presses, light taps and sweeps, vibrato and variable pressure into the key bed.
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS
Julia Adolphe’s music has already been described as “alive with invention” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), “colorful, mercurial, deftly orchestrated” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times) and a “mastery of dynamic as well as harmonic complexity” (Financial Times). After the premiere of her chamber opera SYLVIA, Emusic claimed “Adolphe has established herself as a major new composer.” Adolphe’s works have received performances across the U.S. and abroad by renowned groups such as the New York Philharmonic, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, the USC Thornton Symphony, JACK Quartet violinist Christopher Otto and cellist Kevin McFarland, guitarist Mak Grgic, the What’s Next? Ensemble, Nouveau Classical Project, the Cornell University Chorus, and the Great Noise Ensemble, among others. Current commissions include a viola concerto for the New York Philharmonic and Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps. The work is commissioned as part of a program to support women composers from the League of American Orchestras and EarShot. This commission follows on the heels of the New York Philharmonic premiering Adolphe’s orchestral work Dark Sand, Sifting Light as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL in June 2014. Additionally, Adolphe is composing a solo work for Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay and an opera set in present-day Iran with librettist Nahal Navidar. Adolphe has received numerous awards including a 2015 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from New Music USA and American Composers Forum. Adolphe pursues a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music studying composition with Stephen Hartke. Prior teachers include Steven Stucky and Donald Crockett.
Jeremy Cavaterra was born in New York City in 1971. His music has been performed by soloists, chamber groups, and orchestras internationally. As a pianist he has appeared as both soloist and collaborative artist with ensembles, instrumentalists, and singers, often performing his own work. His teachers included Tania Agins and Robert Turner (piano) and Mark Carlson (composition) in Los Angeles before he returned to New York to study composition at Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Giampaolo Bracali. Some of his recently premiered works include Sextet for Piano and Strings (2014), commissioned and performed by The Salastina Music Society in conjunction with Junior Chamber Music; Monterey Suite (2014), commissioned and performed by the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Palo Alto; and Trio for Harp, Flute, and Viola (2013), commissioned and performed by The Myriad Trio / Art of Élan in San Diego. Jeremy Cavaterra is the Composer-in-Residence for The Salastina Music Society.
Alexander Elliott Miller is a composer, guitarist and educator whose music has been described as "wild... unearthly... lyrical... a voice worth listening to" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and "deceptively laid back... inventive... unconventional" (Mark Swed, LA Times). His compositions have been performed by Grammy-nominated musicians including Tony Arnold, Vicki Ray, Aron Kallay and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and ensembles including Earplay New Chamber Music and the Boston New Music Initiative. Miller has collaborated, either as a composer or electric guitarist, with organizations including the Hear Now Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Long Beach Opera, People Inside Electronics, and received honors including an Earplay Donald Aird Composers Award and a MacDowell Fellowship. Currently, he teaches theory and composition at California State University Long Beach and Chapman University, and is a Co-Director of the LA based What's Next? Ensemble. He holds degrees from USC, Eastman and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Élise Roy (M.F.A. CalArts/ B.Mus Oberlin) is an active flutist, improviser, and composer who strives to find a unique and modern voice for the flute, which is ultimately the source of her musical expression in all of her various roles. As a performer-composer, Élise is fascinated with expanding the expressive possibilities of the flute — often through the novel convergence of extended techniques and electroacoustics. Her recent electroacoustic works have been selected for performance at Electronic Music Midwest (Kansas), EABD (Virginia), South Carolina State University, inner sOUndscapes (Oklahoma), PAS-E (Venice, Italy) NYCEMF (New York), and SEAMUS National Conference (Connecticut). Élise was the runner-up in the national ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition and a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Her fixed media work, bas relief (Flutescape I), appeared on the SEAMUS Electroacoustic Miniatures 2013: Negative Space album. As a flutist, in addition to premiering her own works, Élise has premiered works by composers such as Erik Ulman, Kurt Isaacson, Lewis Nielson, Tom Lopez, and Peter Swendsen. In an ensemble setting she has worked with composers Olga Neuwirth, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Huang Ruo. Recently, Élise appeared as a soloist with the Stanford New Ensemble and was a featured artist at the Chicago Flute Club Festival, performing alongside Molly Barth. Élise currently resides in Los Angeles with her partner Kurt Isaacson.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Pianist Nic Gerpe, a Los Angeles native, has been hailed as “dashing” (Christian Hertzog, sandiego.com) and “appropriately spacey and far-out” (Matthew Guerrieri). A dedicated proponent of new music, Nic has worked with composers including Steve Reich, Gernot Wolfgang, Michael Gordon and Don Crockett, recorded for Erica Muhl and given numerous premieres in the United States and abroad. As a concerto soloist, Nic’s most recent performances have included composer Thomas Demenga’s “Relations”, a double concerto for two cellos, percussion and prepared piano, premiered at the 2012 Piatigorsky International CelloFest, and composer Dale Trumbore’s piano concerto with the USC Thornton Symphony. Nic has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Green Umbrella Series, played for Microfest, L.A.’s festival dedicated to microtonal music, and performed with the LA based wild Up and The Industry. Nic is the co-founder of Panic Duo, a Los-Angeles based violin and piano group dedicated to the performance of the music of our time. Nic earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Califonia in 2012, and has been on the piano faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2006.
Pianist Aron Kallay has been praised as possessing “that special blend of intellect, emotion, and overt physicality that makes even the thorniest scores simply leap from the page into the listeners laps.” After Kallay premiered three of his works, composer and music critic Kyle Gann was “struck speechless,” adding, “he did a beautiful job and made me all impressed with my music all over again… he makes me want to write more.” Kallay is an award-winning solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States, as well as in the Czech Republic and Ukraine. His performances have been heard internationally on the radio shows Music from Carnegie Mellon and The Global Village. He has also been broadcast live over the Internet from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the California Institute of the Arts. Kallay received his doctorate of musical arts from USC Thornton, where he studied with Daniel Pollack. Currently, he divides his time between practicing, performing, composing, writing about music theory and piano pedagogy and teaching. He is on the faculty of the USC Thornton School, where he teaches electro-acoustic media.
Richard Valitutto is a Los Angeles-based piano soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, and composer. As a pianist, he has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “vivid soloist” and “vigorously virtuosic" and was recently featured on the Grammy-nominated album Harry Partch: Bitter Music. A strong proponent of contemporary music, he has interacted with composers such as John Adams, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Chinary Ung, Clarence Barlow, and Marc Sabat as a performer of their works. As a composer, he seeks to create works which balance tradition and experimentalism through a comprehensive awareness of various artistic styles and mediums and their signifiers, often drawing from improvised material as well as from the vast repertoire he himself performs. Richard is a member of the critically acclaimed wild Up Modern Music Collective as well as the new music quartet gnarwhallaby. He holds degrees in piano performance from the California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (BM).
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his ‘impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique’, Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, amongst which the Maurice Lefranc award, the Rotary Prize, the Galiot Prize, the USC Concerto Competition, and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. Mr. Vanhauwaert has appeared in major venues such as the Concertgebouw in Brugge, Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Singel in Antwerp, the Great Hall of the Brussels Conservatory, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, as well as numerous other prestigious venues in Bulgaria, Hungary, the US, the Netherlands, France, Canada, the UK, Austria, and Spain. He frequently tours China with solo appearances at the renowned National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. He has appeared with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the USC Symphony, the Bryan Symphony, Collegium Instrumentale, the Concord Jazz Ensemble, the Auburn Symphony, the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony, and Prima la Musica, amongst others. His debut album featuring works by Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, and Debussy, was well received in the press. Additional recordings include Paris 1913 and Petrushka, featuring works by Stravinsky, Casella, Satie, Poulenc, and Ravel. More recently a disc with works by Lior Rosner was released on Bridge Records. Upcoming releases include a solo Busoni album. Many of Mr. Vanhauwaert’s performances have been broadcast live on networks such as K-MZT, K-CSN, K-USC, K-PFK, W-HKB, W-UOT, K-UAT, W-FMT, RTBF, WTV, PBS, and KLARA. He is frequently invited to give guest lecture recitals and masterclasses in universities throughout the world. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge for the composers is to be able to imagine and extrapolate the possibilities of a new instrument with new capabilities! The composers have been in frequent contact with Andrew McPherson via Skype and email, exchanging recordings and trying out different musical ideas for the Magnetic Resonator Piano. The week of the concert, McPherson will arrive in Los Angeles to facilitate rehearsals and performances, giving the composers a chance to hear their work in person before it is premiered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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