People Inside Electronics (PIE) is a concert series devoted to the performance and promotion of live electroacoustic music in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2009, PIEʼs events have been lauded by the LA Times, Sequenza21, LA Opus, the Huffington Post and KPFKʼ s Global Village. PIE showcases ambitious and innovative uses of electronics in concert music, as well as classic works by electronic music’s early pioneers. Past events have included several world premieres, performances of rarely heard monumental works, and interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, dancers, writers, actors, scientists and engineers. PIE is dedicated to showcasing the vibrant community of local talent in southern California as well as being a destination for hosting internationally renowned artists. In 2014, PIE became an independent non-profit organization with legally recognized 501(c)(3) status.
Colin Horrocks is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music has been described as “dramatically powerful” (Sequenza21). His compositions include works for chamber ensemble, soloist, and large ensemble and often incorporate electroacoustic and multimedia elements. Recent commissions include a work piano and electronics commissioned by Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay. His compositions were featured as part of REDHOT, an interactive art installation commission by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County during which he worked alongside McArthur Genius Grant Recipient and Guggenheim Fellow Trimpin. The installation was displayed at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and later at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose in 2014.
As an up and coming leader in the Los Angeles new music scene, Colin spearheaded artistic endeavors with numerous local ensembles and concert series. He currently holds the position of Assistant Director for Tuesdays@Monk Space, an underground new music series that presents cutting-edge music and adventurous interdisciplinary arts programming and sits on the board of directors of People Inside Electronics, a concert series devoted to the performance and promotion of live electroacoustic music. An advocate of collaboration within the community, Colin co-produced ACF-LA presents New Music Los Angeles, a county-wide festival which featured LA’s most prominent new music groups.
Colin pays an active role in music education for the next generation of composers, servicing as an instructor for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Composer’s Forum’s Making Music in Schools program and as a Teaching Apprentice at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned a Bachelors of Music from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Music Departmental Honors and received the Smith Composition Award. He is now pursuing his Masters at UCLA. His primary composition teachers include Richard Danielpour, Jeffrey Holmes, Sean Heim, Vera Ivanova, Shaun Naidoo, and Dominique Schafer.
Isaac Schankler is a composer, pianist, accordionist and electronic musician living in Los Angeles. His music, lauded as "extraordinarily eclectic" and "masterfully composed," is inspired by improvisatory practices, indeterminate processes, spoken language, narrative, entropy and puzzles. Schankler’s recent honors include awards and grants from Meet the Composer, the National Opera Association, the American Composers Forum, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the American Prize. He is a past winner of the USC Sadye J. Moss Composition Prize and the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition, as well as a finalist in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission Competition. Recent commissions include works for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, wild up, Lorelei Ensemble, Juventas New Music Ensemble, bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood, pianist Aron Kallay, and violinist Andrew Tholl. Ensembles and venues that have featured Isaac's work include Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the Ussachevsky Memorial Festival, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME), Le Centre Artistique de Piégon (France), Juventas New Music Ensemble, University of Southern California Contemporary Music Ensemble, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Midwest Composer Symposium, Threshold Electroacoustic Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Boston Conservatory, and the University of Arizona.
Schankler holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Southern California, as well as Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in composition from the University of Michigan. He currently teaches music technology at the University of Southern California and music theory at Chapman University.
Rafael Liebich began his musical studies at the age of six, in his native Brazil. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, 2001), as a student of pianist Fúlvia Escobar. At that university, he developed intensive work as a chamber musician, participating with one of his ensembles in a workshop lead by musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Awarded a CAPES Foundation Scholarship, he later received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Federal University in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, 2004). He was then a teaching assistant for Piano Pedagogy, and among his published work is his dissertation on 20th Century Fugue and Brazilian composer Bruno Kiefer, completed under supervision of Dr. Any Raquel Carvalho and Dr. Cristina Capparelli Gerling. He was awarded in national piano competitions, and took master-classes with pianists Claude Helfer, Cristina Ortiz, Arnaldo Cohen, Kyoko Hashimoto, Dang Thai Son, among others. Before coming to Los Angeles, he was a student of pianist Vera Astrachan, in São Paulo, and served as assistant faculty at the School for Music and Fine Arts of the State of Paraná (EMBAP), in Curitiba.
In 2012 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California, as a student of Dr. Stewart L. Gordon. Honors include the Keyboard Ensemble Award (2011), recognition as one of the outstanding graduates from the Keyboard Studies Department (2012), as well as induction into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, by the Eta Chapter of USC Thornton (2012).
Dr. Liebich is an active scholar, having presented one of his papers at the International Society of Music Education World Conference in Beijing (August 2010). His endeavors in alternative keyboard literature with electroacoustic media led to performances with Microfest, What's Next? Ensemble, and Jacaranda. Currently, Dr. Liebich teaches at El Camino College, Neighborhood Music School in Boyle Heights, and serves as accompanist for the Music Department at Glendale Community College. Most recently, Dr. Liebich had his permanent residency status approved by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America, under the section of Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Arts.
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.
Born and raised in Taiwan and residing in the USA, composer Mu-Xuan Lin defines her life as a quest for an artistic autonomy poetically engendered by both its will and its vulnerability to one’s corporeal experience and to the world one lives in. Having had extensive training in the visual arts and creative writing and frequent exposure to theatre, dance, and literature from an early age, Mu-Xuan is interested in the intrinsic kineses latent within any expressive matter which can be extracted, dissected, critiqued, and recreated in new artistic deliverances. She aims to synthesize the dialectic and the immersive in music which were too often at antithetical ends according to the modern discourse of music composition and aesthetics. Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “Fascinating!”, her music has been heard worldwide as well as on the radio stations SRF2 kultur (Switzerland) and WQXR (New York), and on an ein_klang record. She is a guest-composer at the Novalis music+art Festival (Croatia), the winner of the Protonwerk No.3 award (Switzerland), an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (France), an awardee of New Music USA, Max Kade, Mellon, Gardner Read, and ASCAP grants, a selected fellow at Darmstadt Summer Course (Germany), EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO’s Matrix15 (Germany), June in Buffalo (USA), Acanthes de Metz (France), Sävellyspaja (Finland), and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts working with Master Artist Georg Friedrich Haas, a representative for KoFoMi (KomponistInnenforum Mittersill) and the residency in Salzburg (Austria), a featured composer at the Piano Spheres Concert Series (Los Angeles), New Gallery Concert Series (Boston), and the 180º Festival (Bulgaria), and honorable mention/finalist of various competitions including the 2016 neuverBand International Commission Competition (honorable mention) and the 2015 Darmstadt Music Theatre Competition (long-listed). She has worked/is working with Ensemble Proton Bern (Switzerland), Secession Orchestra (France), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), Norrbotten NEO (Sweden), Ensemble Schallfeld (Autria), members of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra (Lapin Kamariorkesteri, Finland), Talujon Percussion Group, Radnofsky Quartet, Lydian Quartet, Transient Canvas, Urbanity Dance Project, soprano Tony Arnold, and pianist Vicki Ray among many others. Mu-Xuan received her bachelor of music in Composition from the New England Conservatory, and Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory from the Brandeis University.