April 5, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Walter Frank and "Blue" Gene Tyranny will present a concert for two pianos Tuesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The performance, which is free to the public, concludes the year-long mini-series, "All About Sound, or Three Ways to Hear a Piano," about the sound of the piano in the 21st century.

A pianist, composer, and improviser, Frank was born in Buenos Aires and graduated from the Conservatorio Municipal de Musica in 1996. The following year he was awarded the Lev Zion scholarship by the Council for Higher Education in Israel. He is pursuing a master's degree in composition and performance at Wesleyan University.

He has given numerous concerts in Argentina, Israel and the United States, including the Argentinean premieres of Bucknell professor of music William Duckworth's music for piano. He was invited to participate in Duckworth's Cathedral in New York, where he gave the world premiere of Meditations on Satie.

A composer and pianist of avant-garde music, Tyranny has toured extensively in solo and group concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He has composed more than 50 works for electronic, instrumental, and vocal ensembles, more than 30 film and video soundtracks, and 50 scores for dance and theatre productions.

He has performed on many albums of contemporary music for Robert Ashley, Peter Gordon, Laurie Anderson, and John Cage. His recent pieces include The Driver's Son, an audio-storyboard for voice, orchestra and interactive electronics; Nocturne With And Without Memory, recorded by Bucknell professor of music pianist Lois Svard; and The De-Certified Highway of Dreams, recorded by Double Edge.

He is also a member of the Cathedral Band, a component of Duckworth's Cathedral project that includes Seattle's DJ Tamara and Stuart Dempster. The band gave its first New York performance on April 1, 2000, live and on the web from Roulette.

The piano mini-series is presented by the department of music and the Gallery Series, and is supported by the Kushell Music Endowment and the Samek Art Gallery.

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