Misfits & Hooligans

People Inside Electronics and Catalysis Projects present:
MISFITS AND HOOLIGANS: Oddballs and Outcasts of the Instrumental World
Produced by Veronika Krausas

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 9:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Boulevard
Venice, California 90291
(310) 822-3006

Our crew of misfits and hooligans includes toy piano, accordion, harmonica, three double basses, viola, electronics, and harpsichord... from two of Los Angeles’ most visionary, genre-defying performance groups comes a visually and aurally stunning live performance evening exploring new forms and hybrids of music, performance electronics, film projections, poetry, stop-motion animation, and more.

Performers include harpsichordist Arthur Omura, harmonica player Bill Barrett, accordionists Isaac Schankler & Daniel Corral, Aron Kallay on toy piano, mezzo-soprano Heather Harstad, double bassists Will Cravy, Teddy Gabrielides, Eric Windmeier, and violist Alma Lisa Fernandez. Performance projections by visual artist and poet Quintan Ana Wikswo. Music by Veronika Krausas, Isaac Schankler, Tom Flaherty, and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer.

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Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer:  Le Vertigo from Première Livre de Pièces pour Clavecin
Arthur Omura, harpsichord *  

Veronika Krausas:  Gardens of Stone for double bass trio
Will Cravy, Teddy Gabrielides, Eric Windmeier, double basses

Isaac Schankler:  Chocolate Phase for 2 accordions & electronics
Isaac Schankler, Daniel Corral, accordions

Tom Flaherty: Shepard’s Pi for toy piano and electronics
Aron Kallay, toy piano
Quintan Ana Wikswo, film projections

Royer:  Les Tendres Sentiments for harpsichord
Arthur Omura

Krausas:  Jonas for solo harmonica
Bill Barrett, harmonica
Quintan Ana Wikswo, film projections and text 

Schankler: Dear Mr. Edison for viola & electronics
Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola

Royer: La Marche Des Scythes for harpsichord
Arthur Omura

* harpsichord courtesy of Curtis Berak

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BILL BARRETT (harmonica) has a career that spans three decades.  He has performed and recorded with the likes of the L.A. Philharmonic, Natalie Merchant, The Kronos Quartet, Gangbe Brass Band, members of Black Flag and Nels Cline. He is currently in the acclaimed New York roots ensemble Hazmat Modine and guitarist Marc Ford's Neptune Blues Club. Bill fronts the manouche quartet The Bastards of Belleville, and the roots collective The Calremont Voodoo Society. His most recent CD release, Music for American Gypsy Souls, is a collaboration with long time friend Eric Holden. 



DANIEL CORRAL (accordion) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. His music is a rich collusion of styles, constantly blurring the boundaries between the familiar and foreign, mirroring the diasporic evolution of cultural identity in the twenty-first century. Currently residing in Los Angeles, his unique voice has found outlet in puppet operas, accordion orchestras, handmade music boxes, electronic collages, site-specific installations, chamber music, and interdisciplinary collaborations. His music has gained great attention in Los Angeles, being commissioned and presented by venues such as REDCAT, The Hammer Museum, MOCA, USC’s Thornton School of Music, CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, The Pianospheres Series, and The Santa Monica GLOW Festival. He writes, arranges, and performs with numerous music groups, including Timur & The Dime Museum, Free Reed Conspiracy, and Tears of the Moosechaser. He received his MFA from Calarts, where he studied with James Tenney, Anne LeBaron, and Morton Subotnick.

ALMA LISA FERNANDEZ (viola) attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and UCLA, where she received a Master's Degree in Viola Performance.  She performs regularly with such ensembles as the LA Opera Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, Long Beach Symphony, and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Alma is a member of the Eclipse Quartet,  in residency at Mills College (Oakland, Ca), and recent recipient of a Copland Fund Grant to record works by Frederic Rzewski, James Tenney, and Zeena Parkins (scheduled for release in 2012 by New World Records).  She can also be heard on a current release of Morton Feldman's Piano & String Quartet, featuring Vicki Ray and the Eclipse Quartet (Bridge Records).  As a chamber musician, she has been described as "...a soulful violist.(--LA Times, Mark Swed), and has performed with chamber music ensembles including the Denali String Quartet, California String Quartet, and Capitol Ensemble.  She has been featured as a soloist with the Pepperdine University Orchestra, Jacaranda Chamber Music series, People Inside Electronics, and Electronics Live! at UC Riverside, where she premiered new works for Viola & Electronics.  Alma is also active in the recording industry, having played for numerous motion picture soundtracks, television shows, and record albums.   She is currently professor of Viola at Pepperdine University.

ARON KALLAY (pianist), is a pianist/composer 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.

VERONIKA KRAUSAS (producer/composer) has had her works performed internationally. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes that "her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature's frozen objects are springing to life."  Mark Swed of the LA Times said of her chamber opera “Something novel this way comes.”   

Krausas has received commissions from the Penderecki String Quartet, San Francisco Choral Artists and the Alexander String Quartet, ERGO Projects, Continuum Music, Toca Loca, and Motion Music. She holds music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from USC’s Thornton School of Music.

In 2009, the Penderecki String Quartet gave the US Premiere of her work midaregami at REDCAT. Her chamber opera The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth was premiered with the New York City Opera in 2008 and a full production was mounted in Los Angeles in 2010.  Language of the Birds, a commission for the 25th Anniversary of the San Francisco Choral Artists and the Alexander String Quartet, using text by the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, was premiered in 2011 in San Francisco and released on CD with Foghorn Classics. 

Upcoming premières include her solo piano pieces UN-intermezzi, which will be performed by pianist Aron Kallay at Somewhere Very Else: The Polish-Lithuanian Connection concert at USC on March 23, and Jeux des Vents by the Thornton Wind Ensemble on April 1st. Her chamber orchestra work analemma is an official selection of the US for the 2012 World Music Days in Belgium in October.

Krausas has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events in Los Angeles that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Composition Department and the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Theory at the Thornton School of Music, on the advisory board of Jacaranda Music, an associate artist with The Industry and Catalysis Projects.

ARTHUR OMURA (harpsichord) is a specialist in historical keyboard instruments. He studied Baroque organ repertoire under Charles Rus in San Francisco and, at the Thornton School of Music at USC, modern technique under Dr. Ladd Thomas and harpsichord repertoire under Dr. Lucinda Carver.  Omura is currently a member of the USC Baroque Sinfonia performing in Los Angeles and at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music festivals. He has also performed on two recordings, one for Yale University Press, the other for Yarlung Records.  Omura has an active performance schedule as an organist and continuo player. His interest in instrument making led him to work with organ builder Manuel Rosales and with harpsichord builder Curtis Berak, with whom he has assisted in restoring several instruments. Omura is a Master's Degree candidate at the University of Southern California.

JOSEPH-NICOLAS-PANCRACE ROYER (composer) was a French composer and harpsichordist (1705 –1755). Born in Turin, Royer went to Paris in 1725, and in 1734 became maître de musique des enfants de France, responsible for the musical education of the children of the king, Louis XV. Together with the violinist Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Royer directed the first public concerts series, Concert Spirituel, starting in 1748. Royer was at the Paris Opéra during the 1730s and the 1750s, writing six operas of which the best known is the ballet-héroïque Zaïde, reine de Grenade. In 1753 he acquired the prestigious position of music director of the chambre du roi (the king's chamber), and in the same year was named director of the Royal Opera Orchestra. He died in Paris.




ISAAC SCHANKLER (composer/accordion) 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.

QUINTAN ANA WIKSWO (visual artist/filmmaker/writer) creates at the intersections of visual art, literature, film, photography, new media, and performance. Wikswo’s projects are exhibited, published and performed widely in the Americas, Europe and Asia, where she has received major fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pollock Krasner Fellowship at Yaddo, the Center for Cultural Innovation, ARC/Durfee, USA Projects, Djerassi, the Puffin Foundation and others.

The first solo museum survey of her work, PROPHECY OF PLACE: QUINTAN ANA WIKSWO was presented in New York City by the Yeshiva University Museum (August 2011 – March 2012) at the Smithsonian-affiliated Center for Jewish History, and featured her multi-panel photography as well as text, assemblage, film installation, and the world premieres of two collaborative performance works for music and dance. The exhibition will continue to major museums in Europe in 2012-13. Wikswo’s performance works engage her own original texts, photography,  film and video, and a collaborative team that includes composers Veronika Krausas, Andrea Clearfield, Pamela Madsen, Anne La Berge, Isaac Schankler and others, as well as choreographers Manfred Fischbeck, Alexx Shilling, and GroupMotion Dance Theater. Her works have been issued on DVD including Prophecy of Place (Catalysis Projects/YUM), Waterland: Veronika Krausas, Andre Alexis and Quintan Ana Wikswo and Three Curio Films (with Veronika Krausas). These and other pieces have premiered at Microfest, the CSUF New Music Festival, the World Electroacoustic Listening Room Project, the Composer’s Project, the International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM) and the National Center for Music Creation (GRAME). 

She is recognized for her visionary exploration of new forms and hybrids in fiction and poetry, which appear regularly in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, WITNESS, New American Writing, Alaska Quarterly Review, Sidebrow, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat and in artist’s books and anthologies, including One Blood: The Narrative Influence (University of Alaska).  

A dedicated interdisciplinary teacher, Wikswo maintains a lively performance, reading and artist lecture tour in Performance, Film, Visual Art, English, History, Gender Studies, Creative Writing, and Music. She divides her time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Europe.