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East End Arts Announces Incoming Artist-In-Residence: Leonardo Gala

Originally Posted: March 06, 2012

Gala Piano Museo Del Barrio in Manhattan. (Courtesy Photo: EEA)

Riverhead - East End Arts is proud to announce the incoming Artist-in-Residence: Leonardo Gala. A renowned pianist, composer, and MIDI and audio artist, Gala assumes the post of Artist-in-Residence on Friday, February 3 and will be in the position through May 19, 2012. East End Arts Artist-in-Residence program, started in 2008, is designed to bring established and emerging artists of all disciplines to the East End to showcase their work, and provides opportunities for the community to learn from the artist through exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. The Artist-in-Residence program provides studio space and housing during the residency at the historic Corwin Carriage House on the East End Arts grounds in Riverhead.

During his residency, Gala will enhance the East End Arts School's musical offerings, by instructing a hands-on MIDI and digital audio recording course, as well as a music history course. Leonardo will also be available for private piano instruction, as well.

Below is a list of the workshops Leonard Gala will be leading during his residency:

 • MIDI and Audio Recording with the Computer: Two five-week sessions: Tuesdays, February 28 through March 27; Saturdays, April 21 through May 19.

 • Tour of Music History Through the Ages: Two five-week sessions: Saturdays, March 3 through March 31; Tuesdays, April 17 through May 15.

Artist Leonardo Gala. (Courtesy Photo: EEA)

For more details about these courses, private music instruction, and other art programs offered at the East End Arts School, call 631-369-2171 or click below.

Leonardo Gala's projects and experiences as Artist-in-Residence will be shared at a variety of events throughout his residency (all events are free and open to the public):

 • Friday, February 3, 6 p.m.: First Fridays Artist-in-Residence Retrospective (at the East End Arts Carriage House in Riverhead)

 • Friday, March 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: First Fridays Performance, part of the "Music" Art Show Opening Reception (at the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead)

 • Friday, May 4, 6 p.m.: First Fridays Artist-in-Residence Presentation of Works and Process (at the EEA Carriage House in Riverhead)

 • Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.: Third Thursdays Artist-in-Residence Presentation (at Brecknock Hall in Greenport)

Gala is a renowned pianist, composer, and MIDI and audio artist. He has instructed piano for over 30 years and has been exploring the art of composition both manually and digitally for nearly four decades. Gala presented his first public piano recital on August 15, 1956, influenced by his family's interest and involvement in classical music for many generations, and by his first teacher/mentor, his grandfather, who was a Concertmaster. The social and political upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s exposed him to 'experimentation,' and he began to focus on 20th Century musical concepts to the exclusion of older 'standard' repertoire for the piano. By the mid-1970s, Gala began to explore the piano repertoire of composers from Spain and Latin America, and developed a deep interest in electro-acoustic music composition. During the 1980s, concluding concert travels through the Caribbean and South America, he began his specialization in the performance of this repertoire and giving lectures on the Music History of Spain and Latin America. Gala moved to New York City to pursue concert performance and the study of electronic music. Before moving to the East Coast, he was a piano student of Eduardo Delgado (b. Argentina) in Los Angeles, and studied ethnomusicology with J.R. Haefer in Tempe, AZ. While in New York, Gala furthered his piano studies with Arminda Canteros (b. Argentina), ethnomuicology with Henrietta Yurchenko and studied electronic music with Paul Kozel at City College and Mario Davidovski, Pril Smiley and Art Kreiger at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. In 1984, he created his first all electronic music score for film and also was engaged in Foley recording for the same project. Leonardo Gala has continued to present lectures and private recital programs. He has been involved in film scoring for student and industrial films, and composes music in various forms and formats.

Artist Statement From Leonardo Gala

Music is a never-ending search for beautiful and interesting sonorities. Every human being has the innate capacity to express their creativity. Music is the only art form that travels through time. Humans do not create metronomic/machine music in live performance.

For more information, click below or call 631-369-2171. East End Arts Council, established in 1972, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Proceeds of all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit our mission of bringing the arts to everyone and inspiring our communities through service, advocacy and education.

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