2016 Festival Schedule

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School Outreach Concert/Lecture
Friday, January 8, 2016
11:00am // Fairmount Park Elementary School
Toyeurism presents an in-school concert for local students. Through the introduction of new and avant-garde music, The New Music Conflagration, Inc hopes to inspire students to study nontraditional music performance and history.

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On-Toy-Piano-Lecture---2016-FITPFOn Toy Piano – Antonietta Loffredo (Italy)
Friday, January 8, 2016
4:00pm // TBA // FREE
3745 9th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713
The New Music Conflagration, Inc. presents a public lecture by Italian musicologist, author, and toy piano expert Antonietta Loffredo.

Antonietta Loffredo, pianist and toy pianist, is a graduate of the Conservatorio “F.E. Dall’Abaco” in Italy and of the Conservatoire de Musique d’Issy les Moulineaux in France. She has also conducted studies in a teaching and educational context at the Università degli Studi in Pavia and earned a Master of Music degree in musicology from the University of Milan with a thesis on the toy piano.Acclaimed interpreter of the contemporary piano repertoire, she has performed in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Composers who have dedicated works to her include Diana Blom, Mercedes Zavala, Sara Carvalho, Antonio Giacometti, Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Chris Adams and she has also premiered toy piano pieces by Kaveh Azimi, Paolo Ricci, GoOkawa, Silvia Corda, Sayyd Shafiee, Andrea Padova, Mauro Agagliate, Gian Paolo Luppi, Paul Smith, Matteo Pittino and many others. Since 2004 she has been holding lectures and seminars around the world on the subject of contemporary art music (Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, University of New South Wales, University of Canterbury – Christchurch, Liverpool Hope University, Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Teresa Berganza” of Madrid, Australian International Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorio “Giuseppe Tartini” of Trieste, Exter University, ISME world conferences on music education in Bologna, Beijing and Thessaloniki). Her articles on contemporary music piano pedagogy have been published in the UK, Australia and Italy. Her CDs of newly composed piano music include Childhood in Music, Shadows and Silhouettes – new music with a Chinese-Western confluence and Antarctica – new music for piano and/or toy piano released by Wirripang Pty. Ltd. (projects in collaboration with the University of Western Sydney).

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Toyeurism-in-Concert---2016-FITPFToyeurism in Concert
Friday, January 8, 2016
8:00pm  // The Space at 2106 Main (West Tampa Arts District) // $10 Admission
2106 West Main, Tampa, FL 33607
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Toyeurism is the powerhouse duo of pianist-composers Robert Fleitz and Elizabeth A. Baker, which explores the uncharted territory of works for two toy pianos with live electronics. Incorporating the talents of other composers from across the United States, Toyeurism seeks to further the work of living composers while promoting this unique instrumentation. The combination of toy piano and electronics offers a surprisingly huge textural palette for composers while presenting an interesting disconnect between visual expectations created by the small size of the instrument and a gigantic sonic experience for concert audiences. This concert features Florida premieres by local composer Nathan Anthony Corder, Juilliard graduate composer Molly Joyce, as well as Steve Reich’s Piano Phase arranged for toy pianos by Toyeurism.

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Performer Forum
Saturday, January 9, 2016
10:30am // Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library (Tampa) // FREE
2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, Florida 33618
Visiting performers from around the country unite in a public panel to discuss various practices and considerations regarding toy piano as a concert instrument.

Composer Forum
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Noon // Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library (Tampa) // FREE
2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, Florida 33618
Visiting composers from around the world unite in a public panel to discuss individual creative processes used when writing new contemporary concert works with toy piano.

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Sounds from Distant Lands
Saturday, January 9, 2016
3:00pm // Barbara S. Ponce Library (Pinellas Park) // Suggested $5 Donation
Visiting composers and performers present works for toy piano in various configurations.

Post-Concert Artist Talk
Saturday, January 9, 2016
4:00pm // Barbara S. Ponce Library (Pinellas Park)
Composers and performers address specific questions about the works performed in the concert.

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Jamison-Williams-with-Toyeurism---2016-FITPF

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Interpretations from the Disney Songbook: Jamison Williams & Toyeurism
Saturday, January 9, 2016
8:00pm // The Space at 2106 Main (West Tampa Arts District) // $10 Admission
2106 West Main, Tampa, FL 33607
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Known for his structured abstract interpretations of Disney repertoire spanning over 75 years of composition, Jamison Williams unites his unique palette of extended soprano saxophone techniques with the pioneering toy piano and electronics duo, Toyeurism, for a mesmerizing night of experimental/improvisational jazz performance.

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Robert-Fleitz-Solo-Concert---2016-FITPF

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Robert Fleitz Solo Concert
Sunday, January 10, 2016
2:00pm // St. Petersburg Main Library (St. Petersburg) // Suggested $5 Donation
3745 9th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713
Florida-born, New York-based, Festival Artist-In-Residence, Robert Fleitz, presents a program of new works that explore the inherent theatricality of toy instruments. Fleitz fuses toy piano, melodica, electronics, show tunes, and a new work of devised theatre created by his sister in this cabaret-recital of premieres and reimaginings that explode expectations.

Closing Reception
Sunday, January 10, 2016
3:30pm // St. Petersburg Main Library (St. Petersburg)
Light refreshments and conversation with visiting composers and performers.

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Cogs & Keys
Sunday, January 10, 2016
8:00pm // Mixed Field Arts Space (Ybor) // $10 Admission
1616 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, Florida 33605
Visiting composers and performers present works for toy piano with local visual artists including talented Glueck family and Sebastian Coolidge unique interpretations on the theme of toy pianos followed by improvisatory electroacoustic and instrumental music by Mechanical Bull, free jazz improvisations by Leo Suarez (drums) and Chris Moore (saxophone). This a sensory feast for the eyes and ears celebrates the close of the festival.