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Piano Spheres: Vicki Ray & Aron Kallay
Ray-Kallay Duo
October 23, 2015

Showtime: 8pm

Phenomenally fearless Vicki Ray presents another unique evening with her marvelous freeform artistry, which redefines the piano recital for the 21st Century.

Tickets: $25/$20 for seniors


Matepe (1980) Kevin Volans (1949)

Romance Postmoderne (2015) Kyle Gann (1955)

Because Patterns* (2015) Isaac Schankler (1979)

Oasis (1989/2014) Frank Oteri (1964)

(Somewhere Else / Almost Lost / Staking Territory)

The Rest is Silence* (2009) Dylan Mattingly (1991)

Hyperventilations of a Fire Dragon (2014) Drew Schnurr (1973)

*world premiere

Grammy® nominated pianist ARON KALLAY‘S playing has been called “exquisite...every sound sounded considered, alive, worthy of our wonder” (LA Times). “Perhaps Los Angeles’ most versatile keyboardist,” (LaOpus) Aron 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.” (KPFK) Aron’s performances often integrate technology, video, and alternate tunings; Fanfare magazine described him as “a multiple threat: a great pianist, brainy tech wizard, and visionary promoter of a new musical practice.” Aron has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene. He is the co-founder and board president of People Inside Electronics (PIE), a concert series dedicated to classical electroacoustic music, the managing director of MicroFest, Los Angeles’ annual festival of microtonal music, and the co-directer of the underground new-music concert series Tuesdays@ MONK Space. He is also the co-director of MicroFest Records, whose first release, John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things, was nominated for a Grammy® award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Aron has upcoming recordings on MicroFest, Cold Blue, and Populist records. In addition to his solo work, Aron is currently a member of the Pierrot percussion ensemble Brightwork newmusic, the Varied Trio, and the Ray-Kallay Duo. He is on the faculty of the University of Southern California and Chapman University.

Described as “phenomenal and fearless” pianist VICKI RAY has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works by today’s leading composers. She was a long time member of the award-winning California E.A.R. Unit, Xtet and a founding member of Piano Spheres. As the head of keyboard studies at the California Institute of the Arts she was named the first recipient of the Hal Blaine Chair in Musical Performance. Vicki has appeared on numerous international festivals and is a regular member of the faculty at the Bang On a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA. She performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has been featured on the Green Umbrella Series as soloist and collaborative artist. Her widely varied career covers the gamut of new and old music: from Boulez to Reich, Wadada Leo Smith to Beethoven. Notable recordings include the first Canadian disc of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Blue Rider Ensemble, the premiere recordings of Steve Reich’s You Are (Variations) and the Daniel Variations with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the first recording of Cages Europeras 3 and 4. Recent releases include Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet with Eclipse Quartet on Bridge Records, David Rosenboom’s Twilight Language on Tzadik and Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things on Microfest Records which received a 2013 Grammy nomination.

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