The Magnetic Resonator Piano

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8pm – The Magnetic Resonator Piano in Concert
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
General Admission - $20 online / $25 at the door
Students/Seniors - $12 online / $15 at the door
Performances by Nic Gerpe, Aron Kallay, Genevieve Lee, Richard Valitutto, and Steven Vanhauwaert

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 4:30pm – Lecture/demonstration with Andrew McPherson
Keyboard Concepts of Van Nuys
5539 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
Performances by Nic Gerpe, Aron Kallay, Rafael Liebich, and Richard Valitutto

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 six of LA’s most accomplished pianists: Nic Gerpe, Aron Kallay, Rafael Liebich, Richard Valitutto, Steven Vanhauwaert, and special guest Genevieve Lee. The concert will feature newly commissioned works from Julia Adolphe, Jeremy Cavaterra, Alex Elliott Miller, and Elise Roy as well as existing repertoire by Daniel Fox, Andrew McPherson, Daniel Shapiro, and Tony Solitro.

Supported in part by Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles