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Monday, November 16, 2015

Experience big things tonight at Elizabeth A. Baker's Toy Piano Project

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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The next edition of the already forward-thinking music monthly the In-Between Series will be one of its most intriguing and innovative yet. St. Pete's Elizabeth A. Baker is an avant-garde composer and pianist currently championing the obscure world of toy pianos through her technological eye. Baker's studious zeal for this instrument will unfold across works by John Cage (probably the most famous to have seriously explored the instrument), Eli Ponder-Twardy and her own four-movement piece written specifically for the arrangement at this show ("Experimental Suite for Toy Piano with Electronics and Drums"). With techniques to involve contact microphones built by Baker herself, guitar pedals, a computer processor and an old Speak & Spell, she'll be demonstrating sonic possibilities that few have imagined for the toy piano as deeply as she has. Interestingly enough, her accompanist will be drummer Leo Suarez, whose genre-spanning associations include the raging new heavy-music contender Meatwound, a band we recently called "Florida's next heavy threat." It's a formula for a radical recontextualization of this instrument that promises to shatter its small percept.

Monday, Nov.16,  7 p.m. | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | 407-913-1426 | avalongallery.org | free/donations accepted


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