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Florida International Toy Piano Festival: Toy Piano Collaborations

  • The Space at 2106 Main (map)

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.