Aron Kallay doesn't just play piano. He looks at that magnificent instrument as a puzzle box that can be opened up and reassembled into new sonic forms. As a teacher at USC and Chapman University, the local keyboardist is well versed in the piano's traditional capabilities through the works of classical composers like Liszt, Bach and Chopin, but he's also a technological whiz who's not afraid of applying “screws, nuts, bolts, duct tape” to alter the piano's sound. Kallay is particularly inspired by the irreverent way John Cage transformed the instrument's potential and by the eerie experimentation of microtonal composers. At tonight's solo recital, Kallay invokes unusual compositions by George Crumb, Annie Gosfield, Alvin Lucier and Vykintas Baltakas, as well as the world premiere of Kate Moore's Blood Moon October.
Tue., Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m., 2014
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