Founded by pianist Aron Kallay and composer Isaac Schankler, People Inside Electronics (PIE) has been presenting concerts in the Los Angeles area since 2009. 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. In 2010 PIE teamed up with fellow concert series In Frequency to bring acclaimed New York composer Annie Gosfield to Los Angeles for a full week of concerts and workshops. PIE’s events have been lauded by LA Opus, the Huffington Post and KPFK’s Global Village, who called them “The Wizards of ‘Ahs’!”
Pianist/composer 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 Aron premiered three of Kyle Gann’s works, the composer and music critic 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.” Aron is an award-winning solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States, Czech Republic, and Ukraine as well as on the radio and internet. Aron is a champion of contemporary composers, microtonal music, and music that combines electronics with acoustic instruments. As such, he is dedicated to expanding the repertoire by commissioning new works that challenge the idea of what it means to be a pianist in the 21st century. He has appeared on numerous new music festivals, including MicroFest, Jacaranda, In Frequency, Hear Now, What’s Next, and the Other Minds Festival.
Aron received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Daniel Pollack. He is on the faculty of the University of Southern California and Chapman University, where he teaches music technology, electro-acoustic media, and piano. Aron is an artist-in-residence with Catalysis Projects.
Isaac Schankler is a composer, pianist, accordionist and electronic musician living in Los Angeles. Lauded as "extraordinarily eclectic" and "masterfully composed," Isaac's music is inspired by improvisatory practices, indeterminate processes, spoken language, narrative, entropy and puzzles. His recent honors include grants from Meet the Composer and the American Composers Forum, the Sadye J. Moss Composition Prize, an Associate Artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Damien Top Prize in the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition. He has given lectures on electronic music, composition, improvisation, and theory at the University of Southern California, the California Institute of the Arts, Machine Project, and Brevard Music Center. 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.
Isaac holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the USC Thornton School of Music, and degrees in composition (MM, BM) and a degree in English (BA) from the University of Michigan. An expert on interactions between music and technology, he is the artist in residence of the Music Computation and Cognition Laboratory (MuCoaCo) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and a resident artist with the interdisciplinary arts organization Catalysis Projects.
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 Fulvia Escobar. At that university, he developed intensive work as a chamber musician, having the opportunity to participate with one of his ensembles in a workshop lead by musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a teaching assistant for the opera department in that school. Awarded a CAPES Foundation scholarship, he received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Federal University of the Rio Grande do Sul State (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 Helffer, 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 Sao Paulo, and a piano teacher at the School for Music and Fine Arts of the State of Parana (EMBAP), in Curitiba. He is a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California, in the studio of Dr. Stewart L. Gordon, where he has been a Teaching Assistant for the Keyboard Studies Department. He has worked as an accompanist for the studios of mezzo-soprano Cynthia Munzer, tenor Gary Glaze and soprano Elizabeth Hynes. He also presented a paper at the International Society of Music Education World Conference in Beijing (August 2010) and his recent endeavors in alternative keyboard literature with electroacoustic media lead to performances at "Microfest" (Microtonal Music Festival), and "L.A. Composers Project" ("What's Next? Ensemble).