About Ambient Spaces

A live multimedia event featuring the marriage of sound, light and improvisation - a canvas of sound and image within a constantly evolving physical environment influenced by performers and audience.

Ambient Spaces combines the work of 2 prodigious improvisers, pianist Randy Klein and visual music artist Robert Appleton.

Award Winning pianist and Steinway artist Randy Klein is a master improviser. The music he creates in site specific performances takes the listener on a journey of beauty and self discovery. Robert Appleton is a leading post-postmodern art whose work involves immersing the audience in a visual experience they will never forget, as he bridges and combines three existing vocabularies (visual, aural and textual) into a single interdisciplinary whole.

Their work together fuses the vision of two remarkable talents into a beautiful resonance of sound and light transporting their audience into visceral realities embodying expressions of wonder. Imagine. You walk into a space which appears as it always has. Ignoring the walls, floors and ceiling, a beautiful resonance of sound captures you, a change of light envelops the way the space feels and your journey into an undiscovered sense of peace and beauty begins.

Ambient Spaces immerses an audience in this new and beautiful reality. It is truly a one of a kind event.

See What The Reviews Say About Robert Appleton and Randy Klein.

Robert Appleton

  • “His art is more often asking questions than stating facts, opening channels of thought rather than curtailing them with opinionated conclusions. All great artists work in this manner, providing art that feeds us with new information each time we approach it. René Magritte offered us “Ceci n’est pas une pipe;” this was a ticket to ride. Robert Appleton is carrying the baton.” -Fast Forward New Music Composer. Performer, New York, New York
  • “Robert Appleton designs with sound." -Niklaus Troxler Poster Artist, Author JazzBlvd, Founder Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland
  • “Whether as a designer, an improvising musician or a teacher, Bob’s work embraces much of the technology of my Concept, allowing freedom with organization. I’m pleased and flattered that this exceptional artist inhabits the same world as me.” -George Russell (1923-2009) Jazz Composer, Band Leader, Author - The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts

Randy Klein

  • The soundstage is open drawing listeners into Klein’s space and keeping them there with a smile -O’s Place Jazz Magazine, Dr. Oscar Groomes
  • A higher level of intuitiveness, that underscores the sterling musicianship evidenced throughout. It’s largely about melody making -Jazzreview.com, Glenn Astarita
  • The music seems to blossom as the song[s] continue and the overall mood isn’t cheery or joyous, but one of hope. The pieces are more about textural changes and melodic development. A general glow and peacefulness that is attractive and soothing. -Jazz Improv NY, Dan Bilawsky

Robert Appleton’s electronic multimedia art, design, and music is in the collections of SF Moma, The Library of Congress, Vignelli Centre for Design Studies, etc. He emigrated to the US in 1979 from the UK where he was an art director with Saatchi & Saatchi, a photographer with BBC Television and an improvising musician since the age of 11. He studied percussion with Tony Oxley, fine art and photography at St Martin’s School of Art. His work is recognized internationally and he has taught at Cooper Union, Parsons NY, Glasgow School of Art, CAFA Beijing, Ryerson and OCADU Toronto. Publications include Web Design Now, and About Time: A Theory of Design, Music and the Play Instinct and was elected to Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 2001. He created his own software, visual music practice and multimedia language called vorTEX, which combine non-linear visual, aural and textual elements into a new artform and research practice. He has worked with John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Veryan Weston, Yahya Dai, Bob Brough, Paul Dutton and Jin Hi Kim. He performs, researches, writes and speaks about his work internationally.

Randy Klein - Award winning composer, pianist, record producer, music educator, author. Awards: 2 Gold Records, 4 National Emmy Awards, Simons Public Humanities Fellowship. Musical Compositions: Fanfare For Jerusalem, For My People, Facing It, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, Flambé Dreams, DATA, Falling Apart, I Don’t Do Club Dates. Author: Quickstart Guide To Songwriting. Recordings: What’s Next, Underground Romantic, Sunday Morning, Kleinway@Steinway. Docu-Scores – Free To Dance (PBS), Beyond Tara – The Extraordinary Life Of Hattie McDaniel (AMC), Richard Wright – Black Boy (PBS/BBC). Affiliations: BMI, Alumnus - Berklee College of Music, The Dramatists Guild, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.  Exclusive Steinway Artist.


Playing Goodbye
The improvisation, titled Playing Goodbye, played in the rotunda at the old Steinway Hall on 57th Street was informed by the echo that existed in the 60 foot rotunda. The sound of the space enlarged the sound of the piano. The reverberation that took place off of the rotunda ceiling bounced back to extend the sound of the instrument.  You can hear from the opening notes of the improvisation that there was a merger of the improvisation to the space.

Times Square  - Playing In The Din, Playing With The Din
Playing in the din, Playing with the din is an experiment of playing a piano that is not in the best condition along with and against the continuous explosion of sound that one hears in Times Square.  A perfect example of collaborating with the environment.

57th and 6th - Playing To The Energy of This NYC Intersection
The non-stop hustle and bustle of the intersection at 57th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City provides the impetus for this exciting improvisation.

For further information about Ambient Spaces, contact Randy at randy@randyklein.com or (212) 580-9065