Florida International Toy Piano Festival - Toy Piano Collaborations

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The Space at 2106 Main

2106 West Main

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Featured guest artists present a program of works for toy piano and chamber ensemble in various configurations.

Artist Talk at 7:30pm
$10 General Admission

For tickets please visit The Space at 2106 Main website: http://www.thespaceat2106.com/

Robert Fleitz (toy piano, melodica)
Co-Artistic Director

Robert Fleitz, whose playing has been called “mesmerizing” by the New York Times, is a Manhattan-based pianist and composer, committed to building community through the ambitious advocacy of new works of music. As a performer, Robert has commissioned and premiered over forty solo, chamber, and music-theater works in the past four years. He recently gave the United States premiere of Japanese composer Michio Mamiya’s Piano Concerto IV: Scenes of an Unborn Opera with the New Juilliard Ensemble, and has also performed with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and the Tampa Bay Symphony.

Recent highlights of the past few months include a concert tour in Debrecen, Hungary and Copenhagen, Denmark; residencies at the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive in Danbury, CT and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, AK; and This Is Not a Piano Recital, a concert of newly commissioned works for harpsichord, harmonium, celesta, toy piano, and melodica. As a composer, Robert seeks to explore the fringes of human interaction through emotionally lucid music that is tailored specifically to the performer for whom he is writing. Notable recent commissions include a theatrical toy piano duo for the Florida International Toy Piano Festival in Tampa Bay, FL; an art song for Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska; and a solo harp piece for Emily Levin, principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony.

Education and arts outreach are a focal point of Robert’s work. He recently accepted a teaching apprenticeship with the New York Philharmonic. His past work has included teaching musical theater to students in Sitka, Alaska, and ear training to graduate students at The Juilliard School–as well as organizing outreach trips to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Arusha, Tanzania. Robert’s own piano studies began with his father at age 4. He completed his undergraduate studies at The Juilliard School studying with Julian Martin, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree there studying with Hung-Kuan Chen. He studies composition with Simon Frisch, having previously worked with Howard Buss. Other major teachers and mentors have included Marc Durand, Ching-Wen Hsiao, and Hilary Easton. He has had masterclasses with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jeremy Denk, and Richard Goode. In his spare time, Robert enjoys avocados, clouds, Tilda Swinton, and Pokemon, among other things.

Amy O'Dell performing at Florida International Toy Piano Festival January 10 2016 at Mixed Field Arts YborAmy O’Dell performing at Florida International Toy Piano Festival January 10 2016 at Mixed Field Arts Ybor

Amy O’Dell (toy piano)
Guest Artist

From experimental chamber rock to avant-garde, Amy O’Dell thunder punches the Atlanta music scene. She connects these worlds with a passionate and focused energy that permeates her performances. Since 2012 she has been the adventurous, imaginative pianist of Chamber Cartel. Amy is also known as the quirky, energetic keytarist/keyboardist in Clibber Jones Ensemble appearing in venues all over Atlanta. Amy’s involvement in these groups has led her to collaborate and commission numerous works from composers in the US and Europe. She can be heard on albums by the Clibber Jones Ensemble and Chamber Cartel. In 2015, in addition to other season performances, she embarked on a successful cross-country tour of toy piano and percussion music with her Chamber Cartel partner, Caleb Herron. She will also be releasing a CD of solo toy piano music in February 2016.

Amy started taking lessons in 1994 with Linda Wood in Conyers, GA. With her wonderful guidance and encouragement, Amy started accompanying in High-school for musicals, choirs, and for soloists in competitions. The summer before her senior year, she accompanied the American Music Abroad Chorus on a six-week tour of six countries throughout Europe. A year before going to college she studied with B. J. Sutherland, in preparation for college auditions. That same year she was a recital winner at the first competition she participated in at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) state competitions.

Amy earned her Bachelor’s (cum laude) and Master’s (summa cum laude) degrees in Piano Performance from Georgia State University where she studied with Dr. Geoffrey Haydon. During her undergraduate studies she received the “Thomas M. Brumby” scholarship three years in a row and won the school’s Concerto competition performing Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor” with the GSU Symphony Orchestra. She also won numerous competitions including the GMEA state auditions and the Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) competition. Amy also had the opportunity to accompany the Georgia State University Singers on a tour through Estonia, Finland, and Russia. While pursuing her Master’s degree at Georgia State University, she received an assistantship and taught group piano classes to the undergraduate music majors. She also received Georgia State’s Stegner Scholarship, the most prestigious piano scholarship given at GSU’s School of Music. She used this award to participate in Aspen’s Music Festival and School in the summer of 2007. She has since performed with other groups such as the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Choir, the Johns Creek Symphony, and the Ludwig Symphony. In 2014, Amy toured extensively with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra along the Eastern U.S. and throughout China.

Amy is currently a part-time piano professor at Gordon College in Barnesville, GA where she teaches Music Appreciation, Group Piano and Applied Piano. She is also a member of the Decatur Music Teachers Association, a local group which is under the auspices of Georgia Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. She is also a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (National Association for Music Education). She maintains a large, and selective private studio in Snellville where she strives to create a relaxed, energized, focused, safe, and professional atmosphere wither her students.

10368234_10153125981262559_2405384660515267050_nCarrie Frey (toy viola, viola)
Guest Artist

Carrie Frey loves working with open, inquisitive performers and composers to push the limits of her instrument, her hands (& arms, &c.), and the sounds that the two of them can make in various combinations. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, she has premiered over 120 compositions. When not color coding music or transporting giant scores, Carrie indulges her passion for experimental cookies and muffins in her tiny New York kitchen.

Since moving to New York City, Carrie has performed regularly with Petros Klampanis Group, Aeon Ensemble, and Tactus, and is an occasional member of Wet Ink Large Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, the Lester St Louis Ensemble, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and GADADU.

Her string trio, Chartreuse, has sought after the essential sounds of meat grease, horseshoe crabs, water, creaky ships, Hardanger fiddles, elephants in love, hurdy gurdy(ies?), and starlings, among many others. They span the country, reunite as often as possible for joyful noises, and delight in interpreting the dreams of composers. In 2016, Chartreuse will make its West-Coast debut, and premiere works by Bethany Younge, Scott Rubin, Thomas Kotcheff, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Carolyn O’Brien, and Tyler Futrell, as well as building some kind of crazy thing with Marek Poliks.

As a member of deturtle (now distortoise), a double trio blending Chartreuse with guitarist Matthew Gold, drummer Nathan Friedman, and bassist Matthew Adomeit, Carrie wrote two tunes (Dandy Lion, Pearls) that the band included in their 2013 tour of the U.S. Northeast. Her other “compositional” cred is the annual Minimalistmas festivity she organizes around her holiday adaptation of Terry Riley’s In C: Carrie Freiley’s In C(hristmas).

As an orchestral player, she has appeared at festivals around the world, including Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC; the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland; and Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. For three summers she was a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Carrie enjoys helping students learn to make music they love, as others have done for her. At Oberlin Conservatory, she worked with Peter Slowik to become a better violist and person (she believes the two should align as often as possible), and is now in Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. She currently teaches through Music To Your Home in New York City.

Mandy Milliot (cello)
Guest Artist

Mandy Milliot graduated from SMU’s Meadow’s School of Music, studying with renowned soloist Andres Diaz, with a B.A. in Music. At the age of 11, Ms. Milliot discovered her love for cello and quickly rose to the top, earning awards and scholarships along the way. Summers were spent at intensive music festivals in Florida, North Carolina, and Boston. At the age of 17, Mandy was presented the Ruth Eckerd Hall Young Artist Competition Scholarship by Sir James Galway. At the age of 19, Mandy held her first professional solo recital with the ArtistSeries of Sarasota, in Sarasota, Florida to glowing reviews.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Milliot has performed both with string quartets and as Orchestral Principal Cellist throughout the United States and Europe, including tours in Italy, Austria and France. She recently participated in the Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop playing many different traditions of music like Irish fiddle music, bluegrass, and Ethopian funk. At the Global Musician Workshop, she worked alongside musicians such as Mike Block, Hanneke Cassel, and Sarah Jarosz.

Mandy Milliot is the founder and director of the Classic Blend concert series, held at Union coffee shop in Dallas, TX. Classic Blend is a multi-genre concert series that welcomes all traditions of music, and aims to spread these traditions to Dallas audiences in a laid-back and fun environment.

Mandy Milliot is currently in two regulalrly performing groups in Dallas, TX., the Gleó Trio, a classical and modern piano trio, and Idy Red, a classical and folk fusion duo. She performers regularly both in groups and as a soloist in the Dallas Metroplex area.

Ms. Milliot currently teaches violin, cello, ukulele, and piano at the Studios of Sarah Strout.

Sal Bautista (guitar, mandolin)
Guest Artist

Salomón Bautista, a native of Dallas, TX., grew up playing and experimenting with as many instruments as he could get his hands on. Starting on piano, his musical skills grew to include the great proficiency on guitar, mandolin, and saxophone. Salomón received a M.M. in Composition from Southern Methodist University in 2013, and has been composing, creating, and performing ever since.

In 2015, Salomón helped form the duo Idy Red, along with cellist, colleague, and friend, Mandy Milliot. Sal performs on the classical guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and sings in the folks duo Idy Red. Using his background in composition, Salomón combines and arranges classic Americana and Appalachian folk tunes with classical music of the Western tradition, drawing inspiration from the great composers such as Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and Mahler to create a whole new genre of music that spans the proverbial music globe.

Salomón currently teaches piano and guitar at Strout Studios in Dallas, and is the music director of Mercy Presbyterian Church in Dallas.


Olivia Kieffer

Olivia Kieffer is a composer, percussionist, and educator from Wisconsin. She is an active performer and composer in Atlanta’s New Music scene, and has been hailed as “A vibrant, energetic, and passionate” musician. She performs with with the Terminus Ensemble, Bent Frequency, amplified toy piano trio (tink tink tink), sax/percussion duo Bonebreaker, and is composer/bandleader/drummer for the 7-piece chamber rock group Clibber Jones Ensemble.

She is Percussion Instructor at Reinhardt University, where she teaches Applied Lessons and a variety of music classes, in addition to directing the Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble. Her degrees in Percussion Performance are from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with the Allen Otte of the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and Georgia State University with Stockhausen specialist and New Music champion Stuart Gerber.

She feels at home in both the classical and rock worlds, and can be heard as composer or performer (or both!) on recordings by Amy O’Dell, the Georgia Brass Band, Tay0, GremlinsDuo, and Clibber Jones Ensemble. She is on the Board of Directors at Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery. Olivia’s compositions and projects have been highlighted in ArtsAtl, TomTom Magazine, the Atlanta Creative Music podcast, the A/B Duo blog, New Music Conflagration, Music, Polyphony, and Polyrhythm, listening to ladies, Composer’s Circle, and WABE (90.1FM).

Keyboards in all their varieties are her favorite instruments to compose for, which has flourished during her time working closely with composer and pianist William Susman. Her most recent project is “The Texture of Activity”, a book of 55 toy piano miniatures, each one dedicated to a friend. Her obsession with the toy piano as both an instrument and a compositional tool grew during the period of writing these pieces. She arranged 10 of the “Texture of Activity” pieces into a book of progressively difficult vibraphone solos, called “10 Short Pieces for Solo Vibraphone.” Olivia’s music has been called “honest, to the point, and joyful!”


Kelly Barefield

Kelly Barefield
Junior Composer-In-Residence

Kelly Barefield is a composer and violinist currently based in Tampa, FL. Her compositions include works for chamber ensemble and solo instruments such as Wasteland, a solo piano work, and Cuts and Bruises a solo multiple percussion piece, both premiered in the Barness Recital Hall at the University of South Florida and her. As an active violinist, Ms. Barefield has performed with the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts chamber orchestra, the USF Symphony Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Kelly is currently pursing a degree in music composition under professors Paul Reller and Baljinder Sekhon at the USF School of Music where she is the recipient of a scholarship for music composition.

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