2014-2015 Concert Season: Reinvention

2014/2015 Concert Season: Reinvention

We are pleased to announce our 2014/15 season, Reinvention, a collection of concerts showcasing eclectic and virtuosic music for live instruments and electronics. Reinvention celebrates the myriad ways technology has invigorated and rejuvenated contemporary concert music, from the early years of electronic music to the present day. This season features some of southern California’s most accomplished performers (gnarwhallaby, Piano Spheres Satellite Artists, Brightwork newmusic) as well as special out-of-town guests (pianist Kathleen Supové, composer-researcher Andrew McPherson). This season also includes the second annual concert in collaboration with Hear Now, the popular festival of new music by contemporary Los Angeles composers. Finally, this year marks a new beginning for PIE itself, having recently achieved 501(c)(3) status as an officially recognized independent non-profit organization.

October 11, 2014: Kathleeen Supové: Digital Debussy

October 11, 2014, 8pm – Kathleen Supové: Digital Debussy

Location: Art Share L.A. (801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013)

General Admission - $20 online, $25 at the door
Students/Seniors - $12 online, $15 at the door

Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is in today’s world. Ms. Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion which she performs, commissions, records and champions the music of our time.” In March 2014, she premiered Randall Woolf’s Kickboxing Concerto, BATTERY in NYC, followed immediately by a guest artist residency at this year’s SEAMUS Conference at Wesleyan University. Kathleen has appeared with The Lincoln Center Festival, The Philip Glass Ensemble, Bang On a Can Marathon, Music at the Anthology, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Composers' Collaborative, Inc., and at many other venues, ranging from concert halls to theatrical spaces to clubs. She is currently touring with her DIGITAL DEBUSSY repertoire, which includes pieces by Annie Gosfield, Matt Marks, Randall Woolf, Jacob Cooper, Lainie Fefferman and Eric K.M. Clark.


Dr. Gradus vs. Rev. Powell (2012) - Matt Marks
Shattered Apparitions Of The Western Wind (2013) - Annie Gosfield
La Plus Que Plus Que Lent (2012) - Jacob Cooper
Layerings 3 (2012-13) - Eric KM Clark
What Remains Of A Rembrandt (2011) - Randall Woolf


March 29, 2015 - Gnarwhallaby: The Wild Beasts

March 29, 2015, 6pm – gnarwhallaby: The Wild Beasts

Location: Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena (301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103)

The Los Angeles-based quartet gnarwhallaby has established an important reputation as one of the foremost contemporary ensembles in Southern California. In their 2013 Carnegie Hall debut they were described as “startlingly versatile” (Steve Smith, NY Times). Their debut album [exhibit a], released in April 2014 on Populist Records, has garnered critical acclaim with praises such as “gnarwhallaby delivers remarkable precision, energy and passion along with a studied and controlled sensitivity to the music of American and European contemporary composers... a monument to tight ensemble” (Sequenza 21) and “satisfyingly musical, intelligently presented, ear twistingly enterprising” (Soundproof Room).

gnarwhallaby was formed in 2011 to revive and perform the repertoire composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, violoncello, and piano. As their starting point, the quartet used the missions and repertoires of the now defunct, avant-garde Polish ensemble Warsztat Muzyczny as well as the later German outfit Quartett Avance. As the third generation "grandchild" quartet – the first in the United States and the only currently active quartet of its kind in the world – they have been heard at such contemporary music and art festivals as the UC-Santa Cruz “April in Santa Cruz,” the Getty Research Institute’s “Pacific Standard Time Festival,” and MicroFest. gnarwhallaby continues to expand this largely unknown and fascinating body of repertoire with commissions and original compositions by its members.

gnarwhallaby is: Matt Barbier, trombones // Brian Walsh, clarinets and saxophones // Derek Stein, violoncello // Richard Valitutto, piano and keyboards

April 18, 2015, 8pm – The Magnetic Resonator Piano
Created by Andrew McPherson and featuring Piano Spheres Satellite Artists

Location: Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena (301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103)

Created by London-based composer-researcher Andrew McPherson, the Magnetic Resonator Piano is a hybrid acoustic-electronic instrument which augments the capabilities of the traditional piano. Electromagnets inside the instrument induce the strings to vibration, creating infinite sustain, crescendos from silence, harmonics, pitch bends and new timbres. Sensors on the keyboard record the continuous position of every key. 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. The magnetic resonator piano has been used in performances worldwide by over a dozen composers, including in recent projects with the London Chamber Orchestra and the band These New Puritans.

Playing this remarkable instrument will be four of LA’s finest young pianists: Nic Gerpe, Aron Kallay, Steven Vanhauwaert, and Richard Valitutto (also featured as Satellite Artists on this year’s Piano Spheres concert series). The concert will include existing repertoire for the instrument as well as newly commissioned works.

May 1, 2015: PIE + HEAR NOW 2

May 1, 8pm, 2015  PIE + HEAR NOW 2
Featuring Brightwork newmusic

Location: Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena (301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103)

On Friday, May 1st at 8pm, for the second year in a row PIE will collaborate with the Hear Now Festival of New Music by Los Angeles Composers, with a concert showcasing the very best works selected from a call for scores. This year, PIE and Hear Now are partnering with Brightwork newmusic, a new music sextet consisting of a flexible and fearless group of world-class musicians: flutist Sara Andon, pianist Aron Kallay, cellist Roger Lebow, violinist Tereza Stanislav, pianist Nick Terry, and clarinetist Brian Walsh.

July 25, 2015 - Aron Kallay and Guests: Man on Wire

July 25, 2015, 8pm  – Aron Kallay & Guests:  Man on Wire

Location: Boston Court Performing Arts Center (70 North Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106)

People Inside Electronics presents Grammy® nominated pianist Aron Kallay (and special guests) in an evening of high flying, death defying pianistic acrobatics. The program will have no shortage of Wii controllers, digital keyboards, and toy pianos, as well as live and prerecorded electronics. Featuring the music of Isaac Schankler, Shaun Naidoo, Tom Flaherty, and more. The evening will also mark the release of Aron’s new CD, Somewhere Very Else…, on Hammers, Strings and Shiny Things Records. Signed copies will be available after the concert.