Founding upon CIFRE by Mario Bertoncini from the 60s, the PIANO INSIDE-OUT TRIO with three pianos (Reinhold Friedl, Michael Iber, Yun Kyung Lee) is the heart of the project. Composers like Laurie Schwartz, Elliott Sharp, Dror Feiler, and Witold Szalonek have written or re-written works exclusively for this ensemble. The release of the first CD including works by Bertoncini, Lee, Pröve, Friedl, Schwartz and Vidovszky was highly acclaimed by the critics: Whatever there was hidden behind the keyboard regarding percussive, noisy or string alike elements: it has been revealed by the sensational way of playing by the three musicians. A second CD including re-arranged pieces by Cage, Brown, Schnebel, Szalonek, Feiler as well as Schlothauer and New York rock avant-garde composer Elliott Sharp guides the listener to the realms of the hardly audible: In CARTRIGE MUSIC / PIANO TRIO by John Cage sounds often distracting the traditional pianist like the lifting of the dampers, the release of the middle pedal, the scratching of the soft pedal have been magnified and allow completely new insights to the sounds the piano actually produces.
Another section of the repertoire reflects in a theatrical way the historically overwaged relationships between pianist, instrument and audience: Piano Ping Pong Piece by German composer Ulrich Süsse refers to a ping pong match, the concert grand being the table. In Lászlo Vidovszky's Schroeder's Death Schroeder, the pianist of the cartoon Peanuts, plays many dozens of scales being prepared to death by three assistants. The 'surgery' itself is a kaleidoscope of sounds and rhythms. There always have been conflicts between pianists and orchestra, between pianists and their audience, between pianists within themselves. Anaparastis III-The Pianist for pianist, conductor and orchestra by Janni Christou exposes this subject in a quite unusual, frightening way.