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OpenICE at Abrons | Uncaged Toy Piano Festival

  • Abrons Arts Center Experimental Theater 466 Grand Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

As part of ICE's residency at the Abrons Arts Center, UnCaged Toy Piano presents the winning works from the UnCaged::Conlon Keyboard Prize featuring works for the 2017 featured performer, the Robot Toy Piano (built by Ranjit Bhatnagar.) The program includes works for live-coding pianist by Anne Veinberg/Felipe Ignacio Noriega (winners of the the 2017 Keyboard Prize), Keychain by Christina Oorebeek for toy piano, robot toy piano and disklavier, and PRAGMA by UnCaged runner-up Stefano Alessandretti for robot toy piano and live-electronics.

The evening will also feature an exciting collaboration with the fifth grade robotics students at Manhattan’s Ethical Culture Fieldston School.  Under the instruction of Lan Heng and in collaboration with the music department (Phillip Bettencourt, Angela Dixon), Alex Peh and Phyllis Chen, the fifth grade class will present a Robot Music Ensemble performing a new work especially designed for the occasion.

Anne Veinberg and Felipe Noriega: Hello World! for codeklavier, disklavier and robot toy piano, performed by Veinberg/Noriega (world premiere) 
Dan Jodocy: Bellerina for musical suitcases and handmade instruments made and performed by Dan Jodocy
New Work for Lego Mindstorms/Robot Ensemble by the Robotics Class from Ethical Culture School of Manhattan (world premiere)
Stefano Alessandretti: PRAGMA for robot toy piano and live electronics (New York premiere)
Opus Fun for Lego Mindstorms/robot ensemble by the SUNY New Paltz Experimental Music Ensemble (world premiere)
Christina Oorebeek: Keychain for disklavier, robot toy piano, live electronics and toy piano) by Christina Oorebeek (New York premiere)

UnCaged would like to thank Gaudeamus and the Netherland-American Fund to making the this concert and collaboration with Conlon Foundation possible.

ICE’s 2017-18 performances and commissioning activities are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.