Awhile back, pianist Aron Kallay performed all of my microtonal electronic keyboard pieces out in Los Angeles. He recently sent me the mp3s, and I’m struck speechless by their quality. He used a tremendously responsive keyboard (a Yamaha Clavinova), and I’m attributing much of the finesse to that – because the alternative is to admit that I’m a really lousy pianist by comparison. Anyway, he did a beautiful job and made me all impressed with my music all over again, and the recordings are here:
He’ll be playing them again on John Schneider’s KPFK radio show Global Village on March 19th at 11am (pacific time), and again on a Microfest concert at Pomona College on May 10th at 8pm. The purpose of his doctoral recital was to prove that there’s a future for serious keyboard music played on electronic keyboards, and I’m convinced. These are all the microtonal pieces I’ve written for solo keyboard with no background CD, and I wrote New Aunts specifically for his concert. He makes me want to write more.
Also, I just found out that my New Music Box podcast on minimalism is now available online, so you can hear me parse musical examples by Jon Gibson, Eliane Radigue, Janice Giteck, Michael Gordon, Mikel Rouse, John Luther Adams, and others. Matthew Guerrieri has a similar show on serialism, Laura Pellegrinelli on post-jazz, and Tom Lopez on acousmatic music.