Twelve 2012 Concert Tour Beyond
Aron Kallay, piano
For nearly two hundred years the piano’s design has
been exactly the same: 12 keys/7 times,
low-to-high/left-to-right. Period. But
why 12...? Why left-to-right...? What
Beyond Twelve is a project that uses
state-of-the-art physical modeling technology to
break free from the constraints of this design—and
the piano will never be the same again.
Concert pianist and MicroFest assistant director
Aron Kallay commissioned new works from eight of
America’s most imaginative composers, with two
ground rules: 1) Re-tune the keyboard, from
extended just intonation to 88 equal-divisions of
the octave and everything in between. 2)
Re-map the keyboard, left can be right, high can be
low; pitches need not be linear.
The concerts feature these inventive and visionary
new works by Isaac Schankler, Brian Shepard, Kyle
Gann, Aaron K. Johnson, Jason Heath, John
Schneider, Vera Ivanova, and Tom Flaherty.