7:30 PM19:30

Parlour Tapes+ presents Wind-Up Elephant

Parlour Tapes+ presents a month of programming at Comfort Station during November.

November 29th: Wind-Up Elephant

Wind-Up Elephant comes out from New York to perform the Midwestern premiere of Jenna Lyle's Carrie & Robert play an Eb [for toy instruments], a work exploring extremely limited sonic materials presented for an extended duration, magnifying the gestural byproducts of instrumental practice. This piece could not be more perfect for the ringy, oversaturated, beautiful hard-surfaced box that is Comfort Station. It runs for about 30 minutes. Pretty much one note the whole time (but with HARMONICS WASSUPPPP).

Wind-Up Elephant is the dynamic toy instrument duo comprising pianist Robert Fleitz and violist Carrie Frey on toy pianos, toy viola, melodica, recorder, and various percussion objects. Combining theatricality, improvisation, electronics, vocalization and various extended techniques, the duo brings whimsical fierceness to programs of newly commissioned works by intrepid young composers as well as original pieces and improvisations by the duo themselves. By performing high-quality new works with this idiosyncratic instrumentation, Wind-Up Elephant aims to expand the audience for new work while also bringing a sense of verve and daring to the concert experience.

feat. Wind-Up Elephant (Carrie Frey [toy viola, melodica, sine tones, voice], Robert Fleitz [toy piano, cat piano, recorder, voice]

Comfort Music, every Thursday
Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm
No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)
**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

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Weston, Carrie, & Robert play two notes with Jenna
8:00 PM20:00

Weston, Carrie, & Robert play two notes with Jenna

Composer/performer Jenna Lyle joins us from Chicago to present two recent pieces for live performers doing one thing for a long time. A plagal cadence will occur over the course of the evening & that's it! 

Carrie & Robert play an Eb [for toy instruments] 
feat. Wind-Up Elephant (Carrie Frey [toy viola], Robert Fleitz [toy piano])

Weston plays a Bb [for trombone, video, makeshift vegetation] 
feat. Jenna Lyle & Weston Olencki

more information, bios, etc etc.

Presented by Ensemble Pamplemousse with assistance through New Music USA's Impact Fund residency.

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8:00 PM20:00


MUSIC FOR THE HARPSICHORD HOUSE is an art installation and performance space made by Julie Zhu and Robert Fleitz. Thirteen new pieces for harpsichord are being written for this strange sculpture where Robert plays from inside of a house, hidden from the audience, but with his face live-projected on the side of the house. Come witness the phenomenon!

This January 6th performance is extra special, since it features the PREMIERE of Jenna Lyle's piece "Robert and Carrie Play an E-Flat", written for Wind-Up Elephant (a toy instrument duo comprising Carrie Frey and Robert Fleitz).


Krists Auznieks: Sonata
Julie Zhu: Carpet
Giancarlo Latta: Nine
Linda Dallimore: Cavea
Conrad Winslow: Apertures


Jenna Lyle: Robert and Carrie Play an E-Flat (feat Carrie Frey)

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Residency at Avaloch Farm
to Oct 19

Residency at Avaloch Farm

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We are so thrilled to have the chance to return to Avaloch Farm Music Institute for another incredible week of rehearsal, music-making, and preparation for our season! Joining us will be composer-performer extraordinaire Jenna Lyle. Yes, we're the luckiest.

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AndPlay + Wind-Up Elephant at MISE-EN_PLACE
8:00 PM20:00

AndPlay + Wind-Up Elephant at MISE-EN_PLACE

Come hear andPlay & Wind-Up Elephant play some zany and beauteous tunes!


Wind-Up Elephant

The Big Wind-Up - Sky Macklay
Softened Focus - Wind-Up Elephant
Thirteen Changes - Pauline Oliveros
I Will Turn This Car Around* - Jack Frerer
Hair Pieces** - Julie Zhu
Shooting For The Moon, We Land Amongst Stars - Robert Fleitz (with text by Jasminn Johnson)



Aure - Kaija Saariaho
while I sleep -John Liberatore
La Malinconia - Salvatore Sciarrino
White Elephant - Ryan Packard
The Pequod On Infinite Blueness - Brian Petuch
Ghosting [A Shadowy Trace] * - Leaha Maria Villareal
À l'unisson X - Eva Maria Houben

*world premiere


general admission $20
students $10

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Bowerbird presents Wind-Up Elephant at Vox Populi
8:00 PM20:00

Bowerbird presents Wind-Up Elephant at Vox Populi

Vox Populi AUX
319 N 11th Street, Third Floor
$5 suggested (no one turned away)

Wind-Up Elephant is a toy instrument duo that comprises Robert Fleitz and Carrie Frey on toy pianos, toy viola, melodica, recorder, and various percussion objects. Combining theatricality, improvisation, and extended techniques, the duo brings whimsical fierceness to a program of new works and instant compositions. Flow charts, hair cuts, cat toys, squeaks, squawks, mind reading, invisible electronics, and vocalizations all make an appearance in works by intrepid composers Zak Argabrite, Sky Macklay, HM Mease, and Robert Fleitz. 

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Mease HM composes tunes, beep boops, and visual works with an interest in particpation over performance spectacle. The vocal tunes, focusing on themes of feminism in Catholic mysticism, work beyond the hierarchy often enforced by traditional choral roles. Performed by Blessed Version: Mease, Danielle Costanzo, Becka Lundy, and Alyssa Milman.

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3:00 PM15:00

Florida International Toy Piano Festival: Toy Piano Collaborations

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

Artist Talk at 2:30pm
Suggested $5 donation

Kintsugi by Erich Barganier
PAWUKON by Alessio Silvestrin
hammers by Adam Scott Neal
Solid Plastic by Jack Frerer
December Finance Charges by HM Mease
Sonatina for Toy Piano by Jeff Crompton
The Kaleidoscope by Jessica DiMari 

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7:30 PM19:30

Florida International Toy Piano Festival: Toy Piano Collaborations

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

Kintsugi - Erich Barganier
Concentric Dances - Monte Taylor
Four Thunder Sheets & Lion Roars - Olivia Kieffer
Yu Feng, Seven Fugues for Toy Piano - Aaron Keyt
PAWUKON - Alessio Silvestrin


December Finance Charges - Mease HM
Elephant Graveyard - Wind-Up Elephant
OnomataPiano - Samara Rice
to growth inside leaving - Zak Argabrite
Shooting for the Moon, We Land Amongst Stars - Robert Fleitz
Soft Focus - Wind-Up Elephant
The Big Wind-Up - Sky Macklay
Breaking Boundaries - Pauline Oliveros

Carrie Frey (toy viola, viola)
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.

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 artist position 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.

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Florida International Toy Piano Festival - Outreach Concert
6:00 PM18:00

Florida International Toy Piano Festival - Outreach Concert

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Come see the collaborations between local K-12 music students and professional toy piano artists from across the United States. Original works created for the students by composers Olivia Kieffer, along with USF Music Composition Students Logan Barrett, and Katlyn Lappert will be paired with chamber ensemble works for toy piano, cello, mandolin, Indian harmonium, and viola. New Renaissance Artist Elizabeth A. Baker and dancer/choreographer Helen Hansen French will perform a section from their recent film collaboration exploring the balance of being an artist-mother. This event is presented as part of the Florida International Toy Piano Festival. Works for viola and toy piano will be performed by professional NYC-based musicians Robert Fleitz and Carrie Frey.

Free admission // Suggested $5 donation at the door

This event has been made possible thanks to the City of Pinellas Park - Department of Cultural Affairs.

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