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The UCSB Corwin Concert Series presents a piano performance by Inflection Point- - music for pianos, toy pianos and keyboards featuring Aron Kallay and Vicki Ray.
Aron Kallay: Described as a “modern renaissance man,” (Over the Mountain Journal) Grammy® nominated pianist Aron Kallay’s playing has been called “exquisite...every sound sounded considered, alive, worthy of our wonder” (LA Times). “Perhaps Los Angeles’ most versatile keyboardist,” (LaOpus) Aron 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.” (KPFK) Aron’s performances often integrate technology, video, and alternate tunings; Fanfare magazine described him as “a multiple threat: a great pianist, brainy tech wizard, and visionary promoter of a new musical practice” (Fanfare). Aron has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene, regularly performing with Jacaranda, the LA Phil, Piano Spheres, and Wild Up!, amongst others. A sought-after recording artist, Aron has releases on Cold Blue, Delos, Deutsche Grammophon, and Populist Records. He is the co-director of the three-time Grammy® nominated indie label MicroFest Records. Aron was co-founder of People Inside Electronics and managing director of MicroFest throughout the 2010s, presenting cutting edge new-music to Southland audiences for over a decade. More recently, Aron is the founder and artistic director of Brightwork newmusic, a non- profit organization dedicated to curating and presenting new work through their in-demand in house Pierrot + percussion sextet and underground concert series Tuesdays @ Monk Space. Through Brightwork’s robust education initiative, Project Beacon, Aron works with talented high school and college composers and performers from diverse backgrounds, ensuring that the next generation of Southern California musicians flourish in an ever more competitive musical landscape. In addition to his solo and chamber work, Aron often performs with his duo partner, Vicki Ray, as the Ray-Kallay Duo. He is on the faculty of Pomona and Scripps colleges and spends his free time with his family and cycling in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Vicki Ray: Described as “phenomenal and fearless” Vicki Ray is a pianist, improviser and composer. She has commissioned and premiered countless new works by today’s leading composers. Ray is a founding member of Piano Spheres and head of keyboard studies at the California Institute of the Arts where she was named the first recipient of the Hal Blaine Chair in Musical Performance. She has appeared on numerous international festivals and was a regular member of the faculty at the Bang On a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA. Ray has been featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series as soloist and collaborative artist. Her widely varied performing and recording career covers the gamut of new and old music: from Boulez to Reich, Wadada Leo Smith to Beethoven. Notable recordings include the first Canadian disc of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Blue Rider Ensemble, the premiere recordings of Steve Reich’s You Are (Variations) and the Daniel Variations with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the first recording of John Cage’s Europeras 3 and 4. Her recording of Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things on Microfest Records received a 2013 Grammy nomination. Recent recordings include the premiere recording of Andrew Norman’s Sonnets with Eighth Blackbird’s Nick Photinos on the New Amsterdam label and YAR – a duo recording on the Orenda label with slide guitarist Scot Ray. Her 2017 recording of Daniel Lentz’s River of 1000 Streams – was named by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as one of the top 20 recordings of that year. Vicki is also heard playing the chromolodeon in the LA based Partch ensemble.