88bit

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TUESDAY CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

Rob Kovacs, aka 88bit, performs electrifying piano covers of NES (Nintendo) soundtracks from classic video games such as Castlevania and Mega Man 2 as well as unearthing music from lesser-known titles, bringing new life to some of the earliest examples of chiptune music.

Kovacs’ performances are unique in that they recreate early electronic music that was never intended to be performed by humans, stretching the limits of traditional piano playing.

Kovacs has been performing as 88bit since 2018 and has played at events such as the Super MAGFest, PAX South, the Mensa National Gathering, NeoSonic Fest, Classic Game Fest and Confluence.

Outside of 88bit, Kovacs is an award-winning composer, pianist and singer/songwriter. He is the first person to perform the solo version of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase by simultaneously playing both piano parts on two pianos. Kovacs also performs as a solo singer/songwriter as well as fronts the indie-rock bands Math + Logic and Return of Simple, the latter of which plays regionally and whose music has been played on satellite, college and Pandora radio. He has performed and recorded with other artists including Mark Mothersbaugh, Parson James, Sandra Bernhard, Natalie Weiss, Rachel Potter, Grace Love, Margot Bingham, and Herzog.

Funding is provided by the Local 4 Music Fund, Leonard DiCosimo, president, the Music Performance Trust Fund, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.