2017 Festival Participants

clara-muc3b1oz-45We are incredibly grateful to the Inaugural Florida International Toy Piano Festival participants who believed in our vision from submitting their applications in 2015, to attending the festival in January 2016, and continuing to spread the word to their colleagues across the world. It is because of this support that we received many wonderful applications for the 2017 toy piano festival. It is hard to believe that 2017 is just the second year of this festival as it promises to be bigger and better than the last! We are truly thankful for everyone who has contributed to the festival by submitting applications for consideration, spreading the word about our festival, and for the generosity of donors across the globe that make this festival possible. There were many fabulous submissions and we were forced to narrow down the list of accepted participants, but we hope that those who were not chosen this year will consider applying in future years as our festival grows and receives more funding to facilitate an increased number of events and participants! Congratulations to all of the composers, performers, and lecturers chosen to participate in the 2017 Florida International Toy Piano Festival! Keep checking our website for blog updates from guest artists and features on our 2017 festival participants!


Aaron Keyt (USA) Yu Feng, Seven Fugues for Toy Piano
Seattle-based composer AARON KEYT (b. 1964) studied composition at the University of Washington, beginning when he was 13, and continued with graduate studies at Princeton University with Milton Babbitt and J.K. Randall. He has written numerous works for piano, organ, and chamber ensemble, as well as computer-generated music. His only orchestral work, “Largo,” was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in 1983. Also an active improviser, he is a founding member of Banned Rehearsal, a Seattle ensemble now in its 32nd year.

Adam Scott Neal (USA) hammers
Adam Scott Neal (b. 1981, Atlanta) is a composer, video artist, and improviser. He earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and Georgia State University. Adam has enjoyed over 150 performances of his music in 28 states and 9 countries. He is Program Director for the Charlotte New Music Festival works for East Carolina University.

Alessio Silvestrin (Italy/Japan) PAWUKON
Alessio Silvestrin, graduated with a scholarship at the Académie de Dance Classique Princess Grace in Monte-Carlo and the Ecole Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne. He studied piano at the Conservatory of Music “Arrigo Pedrollo” in Vicenza and harpsichord at the Académie de Musique “Prince Ranier III” in Monte-Carlo. Under the guidance of Francesco Valdambrini he has become a composer of the new school of “Tricordale Music”. His compositions have been used in synthesis to his choreographic works and extending the serial systems derived from “Tricordale Music”. He worked as a dancer, choreographer and composer with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and with the Ballet de l’Opéra National directed by Yourgos Loukos. He join the Frankfurt Ballet directed by William Forsythe in 1999 and since then is often invited as a guest artist with The Forsythe Company and he bas performed Willam Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo, Wexner Center in Columbus, Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Neues Museum in Weimar, Sadler Wells and Tate Modern in London. Since 2003, he became an autonomous artist resident in Japan, involved in different kinds of activities. Some of his stage works have been commissioned by Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya, YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Noism 01 Ryutopia Arts Center in Niigata, New National Theater, Cerulean Tower Noh Theater and Studio Architanz in Tokyo, Dance Biennale in Venice and São Paulo Conpanhia de Dança in Brazil and Link Dance Company in Perth, Australia. Music composition commissioned by Royaumont Foundations in France and received award First Prize by Audible Cities Composition Competition, San Francisco 2015.

Amit Weiner (Israel) Floating Fifths
With an international career as a composer and a pianist, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to concert halls all over Asia, Amit Weiner’s music has reached vast audiences and achieved numerous prizes. His music has been performed across the United States, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, and in England, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Ireland, Israel, and China. As a composer he is active in the fields of concert music, music for film, and popular music. His oeuvre includes over 40 chamber and orchestral works. In addition, he composed music for two full-length silent films, and his credits for TV and films include titles for music libraries such as Gothic Storm Music, Big Sync Music (London), and two films by Rai TV (Italy). Dr. Weiner is a senior staff lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he teaches composition and theory classes, and directing various ensembles, and from 2016, will hold the position of The Head of The Cross-Disciplinary Composition Division.

Erich Barganier (USA) Kintsugi
Erich Barganier is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from St. Petersburg, Florida. His compositions have been performed live or in installations in locales as diverse as New York City, London, Minsk and Sydney, and have been recorded on Nebularosa Records. Erich is a graduate of New College of Florida. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and taught English at Belarus State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk while collecting regional folk songs for a folklore project. His music explores microtonality, non-western scale structure, generative processes and algorithmic phrasing.

Jack Frerer (Australia) Solid Plastic
Jack Frerer is an Australian composer, instrumentalist, producer and filmmaker based in New York, currently studying composition with Robert Beaser at The Juilliard School with the help of the Adrian Weller Scholarship and the Steuermann Memorial Prize. Jack has written pieces and arrangements for a number of ensembles and artists including the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic, the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra, as well as chamber ensembles, jazz groups and solo performers.

Many kind people have performed the music of James Bohn, including: The Arcadian Winds, Paul Cienniwa, Michael DeQuattro, Emergo Orchestra Productions, Ensemble Decadanse, Corey Jane Holt, Craig Hultgren, Mary Ellen Kregler, Margaret Lancaster, Murray State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the New Bedford Choral Society, The New York Miniaturist Ensemble, New York System, POW!!, The Rhode Island College Brass Ensemble, The Rhode Island College Choir, The Rhode Island College Opera Workshop, The Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Judith Lynn Stillman, Thump, the University of Illinois Symphonic Orchestra, the University of Illinois Trombone Ensemble and Maksim Velichkin. Studies have shown that performing music by James Bohn causes performers to be viewed as 17% more sexually attractive to both men and women. Performing music by James Bohn is also an effective form of weight loss. In addition, people who perform music by James Bohn develop whiter teeth and thicker, fuller hair. Science is never wrong.

Jeff Crompton (USA) Sonatina for Toy Piano
Jeff Crompton is an Atlanta native who began playing the saxophone at age 12. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia in 1980 and a Master of Music from Georgia State University in 1992. From 1982 to 2010 he taught band in the Fulton County (Georgia) school system. Since 1980 Jeff has performed as a free-lance musician in the Atlanta area, specializing in avant-garde jazz. Notable past musical associations include a stint with pianist/composer Michael J. Smith and eight years with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, for which he wrote much of the repertoire. He currently leads the Edgewood Saxophone Trio and Three Way Mirror, an unusual saxophone/tuba/congas trio. As a performer, he has appeared throughout the Southeast, in venues as varied as the Palm Court Café in New Orleans, the Atlanta and Pensacola Jazz Festivals, and the Word of South Festival in Tallahassee. Jeff has written music for over 30 years, at first mostly in the form of jazz “heads” designed to facilitate improvisation. Over the past ten years, he has become interested in composing more formal and complex pieces. He has written dozens of pieces for the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra and the Edgewood Saxophone Trio. His Toccata for Brass Quintet was premiered by the Midtown Brass Quintet at the 2014 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and was featured in their concerts that season. He composed the music for Billie Holiday on the Radio, a unique show which combines music and the poetry of Laurie Perry Vaughen. Billie Holiday on the radio has been performed several times in Atlanta and at the Word of South Festival in Tallahassee. Jeff also produces a concert series of out-of-the-mainstream music, Creative Music in Hapeville, in a suburb of Atlanta.

Jessica DiMari (USA) The Kaleidoscope
Jessica DiMari is an enthusiastic, internationally recognized composer based out of Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Composition from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. A prolific composer, DiMari has written music for iTunes podcasts, web series, video games and film. She has scored original soundtracks to numerous film festival selections; some of which premiered in the United Kingdom, South East New England, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana, the Bronx, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. DiMari’s work in film composition landed her a National Board of Review Award nomination, and a Best Original Music Score nomination in the Terror film Festival. She also scored the soundtrack to a television documentary airing on BCAT and CUNY TV. Her concert music has premiered at the Brooklyn Museum, Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn College Conservatory, three International Electroacoustic Music Festivals, Baruch College, Tokyo Japan, and received radio airplay in Havana Cuba. Acknowledged for her passionate compositional aptitude during her undergraduate career, DiMari held residencies with the Brooklyn College Orchestra, the ConTempo Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. She holds the Kadish Millet Composer Award for talent in songwriting (and was a featured songwriter on the pop music Listener’s Choice segment of Brooklyn College Radio), and the Morton Feldman Composition Award for excellence in composition regardless of style. DiMari has studied composition and orchestration with Dalit Warshaw, contemporary orchestration with Sonny Kompanek, theory with Thomas Nazziola, and violin performance with Igor Pikayzen. She is a Brooklyn College Alumni Association Scholarship/Award Recipient, and an ASCAP member.

Lorenzo Di Vora (Italy) Naughty Child
Lorenzo began music as a child, first studying classical guitar for four years, then turning to acoustic and electric guitar, deepening jazz and advanced techniques. Live performances and first explorations into music composition began for Lorenzo in the 1990s. In 2009 he began an apprenticeship with Mauro Montalbetti. His career has been decorated with honours including: a certificate of merit at International Competition for Guitar Composition “Suoni di legno”, with a work for solo classic guitar, 3rd prize at International Composition Competition “Assisi suono sacro” with a work for solo piano, 3rd prize at International Composition Competition “Cav. Angelo Rizzardi” with a work for youth orchestra. His works are published by Sconfinarte and is an active member of Italian Society for Contemporary Music.

l’Artiste ordinaire – Melissa Grey and David Morneau (USA) Photon Ecstasy (DP leonis b)
Established in January 2016, l’Artiste ordinaire (l’Ao) is a collaborative partnership between composer-performers Melissa Grey and David Morneau that has launched electronic performances and Soft Series, a concert series dedicated to presenting soft premieres. Live electronic performances include 7^3 [M] (Benjolin synthesizer, Game Boy), Gadget Berry Dimple: A Glossary of False Translation (Benjolin, Merlin, Spoken Word) for Hans Tammen’s Rakete bee bee? Rakete bee zee! 100th Anniversary of Dada at Spectrum NYC, and Hyperlocal 2.0 for Thomas Piercy (Bass Clarinet, Sine Waves, Beats). l’Ao is developing Photon Ecstasy, a concert-length performance project that engages music, sound, and science fiction to address the hubris of certainty, which will premiere at the University of Pennsylvania Special Collections Library in conjunction with the exhibition of artist Dan Rose’s DNAPhoton Project (October 2016).


Composer Melissa Grey’s works have been described as “elegantly diabolical…strikingly eerie and captivating” (furtherfield.org). Her recent projects include blur (after blue hour), a kinetic score based on Renaissance combinatorial memory wheels, created for Payton MacDonald’s Sonic Divide project. She is currently developing a soundscape that will broadcast in the gallery space for the exhibition curated by artist Angela Grauerholz, Michèle Lemieux | The Whole and Its Parts, From drawing to animated films, to be shown at the Centre de design, Université du Québec à Montréal in September 2016. With artist and animator Nicole Antebi, she has ongoing animation-sound projects that include live performance and processing with Grey performing a vintage Merlin music machine: Procrustean Bed, composed for violinist Lynn Bechtold, premiered at the New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization Festival in San Diego; and Magic Square, a triple collaborative effort with Antebi and synthpop pioneer, Vince Clarke, premiered at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York. Grey is an Associate Director of Composers Concordance and a Member of the Board of Directors for Miolina, the violin duo of Lynn Bechtold and Mioi Takeda. She teaches Sound Studies at the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City.


David Morneau is a composer of an entirely undecided genre. Described by Molly Sheridan as a “shining beacon” of inspiration, his diverse work illuminates ideas about our culture, issues concerning creativity, and even the very nature of music itself. His eclectic output has been described variously as “elegantly rendered”, “happily prissy”, “impressive”, “unusual, esoteric, and offbeat”. His chiptune album, Broken Memory, “absolutely wrecks shop.… For that, David Morneau wins.” His current projects include Not Less Than the Good, a secularized morning prayer service based on Henry Thoreau’s Walden, which is being composed for New Thread Quartet (a New York based saxophone ensemble) and will include field recordings made at Walden Pond and read excerpts from Thoreau’s book; and Vintage Machines, a series of pieces utilizing vintage video game systems to make music. Morneau is composer-in-residence with Immigrant Breast Nest, a New York City netlabel.


Michael Boyd (USA) Becoming…again
Michael Boyd, Assistant Professor of Music at Chatham University, is a composer, scholar, and experimental improviser. His music embraces experimental practices such as installation, multimedia, and performance art, and has been performed in a variety of venues throughout the United States and abroad. Boyd has published articles in Perspectives of New Music, Tempo, and Notes. He is active in his community, currently serving a second elected term on the Wilkins Township Board of Commissioners. An active cyclist, Boyd often bikes to work and periodically competes in mountain bike races (and has the scars to prove the latter…).

Monte Taylor (USA) Concentric Dances
Monte Taylor (b.1991) is composer and guitarist whose music reconciles his obsessions with heavy metal, progressive rock, and jazz with modernist and experimentalist concert music.

His works have been performed throughout the US, including Charlotte, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas, and festivals including Australian Percussion Gathering, Charlotte New Music Festival, Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, Kansas City Art Institute’s ArtSounds, SCI, and SPLICE, by such notable musicians as Compositum Musicae Novae and Bent Frequency. Cross-disciplinary collaborations as a composer and performer include work with actors and dancers from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and visual artists from Kansas City Art Institute.

He is an active free improviser, performing with composer Paul Rudy, saxophonist/horn sculptor Mark Southerland, The Tipping Point, Unbound, and the UMKC IMP Ensemble, at Subtropics Marathon, Miami Buskerfest, Stanford CCRMA Teleconcert, and International Workshop Struer.

Taylor holds a B.M. in Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and is a Teaching Assistant working on an M.M. in Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He currently studies composition with Charles Mason. Previous teachers include Dorothy Hindman, Chen Yi, Lansing McLoskey, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Zhou Long, as well as classical guitar with Douglas Niedt.

Ruud Roelofsen (Netherlands) Xpand*d
Ruud Roelofsen studied percussion in the conservatory of Arnhem, Münster (D) and Brussels (B). Ruud received masterclasses in composition with Dmitri Kourliandski, Carola Bauckholt, Richard Ayres and Martijn Padding. In 2013 he was selected for the “Young Composers Meeting” in Apeldoorn. „*In+” for tape was selected in the final round for the Luigi Russolo Award 2013. „Stare #1” is a winning piece in the MUSICAPOI competition in Italy in 2014. Ruud worked with ensembles like: 20o dans le noir (Fr), Kugoni Trio (B), Il Canto di Rame (NL), AtonalHits (USA), Parallel Asteroid (D), Orkest de Ereprijs (NL), Vers Ensemble (NL), Duo Wolke/Brülls (D) and also with renowned players like Lan Thanh Cao, Johan van der Linden, Tania Sikelianou,…

Samara Rice (USA) Fantasy: Dreams of Toyland  and OnomataPiano
Samara Rice is a contemporary classical music composer and educator based in Southern California. Textural elements, unusual instrumentation, extended performance techniques, and imagery inspiration combine themselves to form her compositional sound. She has had her works performed and workshopped by notable ensembles such as the Southern California Brass Consortium, Friction Quartet, Hocket, VEDA Quartet, Gnarwhallaby, and Hannah Addario-Berry. Samara is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. She graduated cum laude and with department honors from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in music composition. Samara’s teachers include Dr. Lei Liang, Dr. Chinary Ung, Rand Steiger, Dr. Alan Shockley, Dr. Alexander Miller, Dr. Martin Herman, Dr. Adriana Verdié, and Dr. Philippe Manoury. You can listen to more of her music at http://www.SamaraRice.com

Víctor Trescolí (Spain) Viento, toy piano, wind & some reverb. and Sol, Toy piano & loops
Víctor Trescolí Sanz is a pianist with a special interest in performing contemporary works alongside traditional repertoire. After his studies in Spain he moved to the Netherlands to further his career by doing a Master’s in music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CVA) and a Master’s at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). Among his teachers were Brenno Ambrosini, David Kuyken, Hakon Austbo and Ralph van Raat. At the same time he studied the harpsichord with Johan Hoffman and the pianoforte with Baart van Oort. His gained scholarships from the Jaques Vonk Foundation (The Netherlands) and the IVM (Instituto Valenciano de la Música) and the Spanish government to continue his studies, and gained first prize in a Chamber music competition (Academia Valenciana de la Música) with Art! Trio. In addition to solo recitals, Víctor has collaborated with Avlitria ensemble, CVA-New muziek ensemble (Harry Sparnaay), Espai Sonor, Alart quartet, Sorolla ensemble, Festival Punto de Encuentro, Nits d´Aielo i Art, Ensems, Off_Herzios, Pim Pam Pum, Mostra Sonora de Sueca, Festival de música contemporánea de Córdoba, among others, he has a duo with cellist Josep Trescolí Sanz, percussionist Sisco Aparici, and with pianist Xavier Torres and is founding member of ensemble Grup Mixtour as well. Victor’s research covers a variety of studies, which include “Dies Irae in Rachmaninov”, an interpretation study of Mompou’s Música Callada (“SILENT MUSIC: Federico Mompou’s Música Callada”. CVA Research Symposium 2010, Holanda), “Toy piano, juguete e intrumento” (research about the history, interpretation and repertoire for Toy piano), today he is undertaking an UPV doctorate programme in contemporary music. He has published a release “Not a Toy” in the Netlabel Audiotalaia, music for keyboard (piano & Toy piano) and electronics by Karlheinz Essl. In 2013 has published a new release with Toy piano music in Gadgad Music label, under the name Toy piano project: Sons Petits. Víctor has premiered works by Carlos D. Perales and Karlheinz Essl. Víctor teaches at CSMCLM.

Zachary Konick (USA) Hollow Resonances
Zach Konick is a composer and percussionist, currently residing in Tampa, Florida. He recently graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition. In his time at Maryland, Zach studied composition under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas DeLio and Mark Wilson, and studied percussion under Dr. Lee Hinkle and John Locke of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He performed drums and percussion for many musical theater performances and church services in and around the Metropolitan area. In his time at Maryland, Zach has achieved many honorable representations of his work, having received readings and performances by such notable ensembles as The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (conducted by Oliver Knussen), the new Ear Ensemble, the JACK String Quartet, the Ethel String Quartet, and the Spektral String Quartet, as well as a performance of his marimba solo by Lee Hinkle. Zach also received the honor of studying under Roger Reynolds during a winter composition course at the University of California, Washington D.C. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree at the University of South Florida in music composition, under Dr.Baljinder Sekhon and Paul Reller. He also currently enjoys playing percussion in the University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble under Robert McCormick. Zach hopes to go on to earn his Doctoral Degree in music composition with the aspiration of becoming a professor of music composition.


Stacey Barelos (USA) Nebraska Toy Piano
As a pianist, Stacey Barelos specializes in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the music of living composers. Her solo release, The Midwest American Piano Project, which features works by living composers with ties to the American Midwest, was released by Albany Records in 2008. The American Record Guide said “Stacey Barelos…plays with authority and poetic nuance, her beautiful tone captured vividly in this warm recording…” Regarding her performance of Henry Cowell’s Dynamic Motion and the Five Encores to Dynamic Motion, Gunther Schuller said, “It was by far the best performing of Cowell’s piano music I’ve heard in a half a century – or perhaps ever.”

Much of her research, dedicated to helping performers and teachers with the music of Henry Cowell, can be found on her website, http://www.cowellpiano.com. Her CD of piano music by Cowell was released by Centaur Records in 2012.

As a composer, Stacey’s works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. Recent premieres include thread, stitch, weave, bind for string ensemble inspired by the work of Sheila Hicks and showcased at the 2016 Omaha Under the Radar Festival and The Piano is Stressing Us Out written especially for the audience at her 2015 TEDx Omaha talk. Her works can be heard on the Albany and Blue Griffin labels.

Currently, Stacey teaches piano, theory and composition at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and is the Education Director for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival. For more information, see her website, http://www.staceybarelos.com.

Fabio Luppi & Enrico Mignani (Italy) Works for Toy Piano & Cello

Fabio Luppi, born in 1992 and graduated in piano, composition and chamber music with honors at Conservatory of Bologna and Enrico Mignani, born in 1997 and graduated in cello with honors at Conservatory of Bologna. They firstly performed together in Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” for the project “The Shoenberg experience” (2012), performing twice at the Conservatory of Bologna and at the “Istituto musicale Jacopo Peri” of Reggio Emilia. As a duo (piano and cello) they performed in several concerts in Italy, for instance at the Foyer of Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Oratorio di Santa Cecilia (Bologna), Ca’ la Ghironda (Zola Predosa), Artipelago Theatre (Rome), San Vigilio di Marebbe (Bolzano), Dobbiaco (Bolzano), Rocca di Vignola (Modene). As they are both composers, they sometimes write pieces to play in their concerts. They both have a collection of different kinds of toy pianos: they have in total 5 of them by different brands. Fabio has also written a suite for toy piano solo called “Pictures” which has been firstly performed by toy pianist Antonietta Loffredo. Both Enrico and Fabio collaborated with Antonietta writing pieces for orchestra or ensembles for the project “musicaalpresente”. They both won several national and international competitions as soloists or in ensemble. Fabio has published three works for “Ut Orpheus”, ArsPublica and Simon Verlag editions.


Alan Shockley (USA) A Primer on Extended Techniques for Toy Piano
Alan Shockley holds the Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. Shockley has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center, the Virginia Center for the Arts, Italy’s Centro Studi Ligure, and France’s Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (CAMAC), among others, and he has received grants from the American Music Center, Pittsburgh ProArts, the Mellon, and the Heinz Foundations.

His works have been performed at the International Society of Bassists Convention, the Composers Concordance Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the American Choral Directors Association Conference, the Spark (Minneapolis), U3 (Pittsburgh), Montecito (California), and Frontiera (Pisa) festivals, and at the American Academy in Rome, the University of Cape Town, the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York City’s Merkin Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and other locations around the globe, including performances in Berlin, Sydney, Stellenbosch, Oxford, Montreal, Maribor, Munich, Bucharest, Essen, Toronto, and Amsterdam, among many others. His electronic works have been installed in Jack Straw Studio’s New Media Gallery in Seattle, Minneapolis’ Weisman Art Museum (for a Bob Dylan exhibition), as part of the International Computer Music Conference, and in Brooklyn’s VertexList Gallery, as well as in other venues across both North America and Europe. His little white house (underpass to the foundation), 1 p.m. for nine player toy pianos formed a part of Trimpin’s installation klavier nonette.

His new study of extended techniques for piano, The Contemporary Piano (forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield), includes a full chapter devoted to writing for the toy piano as well as extended techniques for the instrument. Shockley is an Associate Professor and the Director of Composition/Theory in the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach. 

Adam Scott Neal (USA) Vital Materiality in Cage’s Music for Amplified Toy Pianos
Adam Scott Neal (b. 1981, Atlanta) is a composer, video artist, and improviser. He earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and Georgia State University. Adam has enjoyed over 150 performances of his music in 28 states and 9 countries. He is Program Director for the Charlotte New Music Festival works for East Carolina University.