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.
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.
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.
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.