Notes & Reviews:
Surface Image - the new album-length composition for solo piano and 40-channel, one-bit electronics from composer Tristan Perich, commissioned and played by pianist Vicky Chow - is a marriage of Perich's electro-acoustic composition aesthetic and Chow's nuanced, virtuosic playing. Chow's performance is swept up in a flurry of dazzling one-bit sounds, simultaneously entangling and unraveling over the hour- long journey. The line between electric and organic is artistically blurred, as the simple hand-wired electronics interact with the individual notes of the piano on the same, expansive plane. Tristan Perich's (New York) work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as "an austere meeting of electronic and organic."
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
There's nothing quite like a supremely bright, shimmering piece of music. The constant motion in Tristan Perich's electroacoustic Surface Image is hypnotic and wondrous. The first 18 minutes radiate with his pulsating piano. Listening to Vicky Chow effortlessly tackle the furious, repeated piano lines made my fingers sore sympathetically. The piano creates more room for itself to shine after the halfway point, even playing tender, isolated motives with very few electronic sounds for accompaniment toward the introspective end. This work would be a joy to see in concert, and the recording sounds fantastic.
Recording information: EMPAC - The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Perf.
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Works DetailsPerich, Tristan : Surface Image, for piano
- Performer: Vicky Chow (Piano)
- Running Time: 63 min. 1 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary