Originally from Vancouver, pianist Vicky Chow settled in New York after studying at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Having begun playing at the age of five, her rigorous technique and unparalleled performativity has taken her around the world and received heaps of praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, BBC and The New York Times, among others. She gave the North American premier of Steve Reich’s work ‘Piano Counterpoint’ and the world premier of John Zorn’s Pulitzer Prize nominated piano trio ‘The Aristos’. All of which to say, Ms. Chow is a world class performer of impeccable taste and ability. She comes to us performing a special piece written specifically for her by in-demand composer Tristan Perich entitled ‘Surface Image’. The evening-length performance includes a score-specific speaker system of 40-channel 1-bit electronics. Recalling the precision of Reich and the shifting, long-form hypnosis of Terry Reilly, channelled through a mesmerizing contemporary lense, ‘Surface Image’ is a truly modern piece of music that balances beautifully a brainy structure and an expressive gesture.
“Pianist Vicky Chow interacts with these manic chiptune lightning bugs in fascinating ways — first by matching them, playing in sharply defined Philip Glass rectangles; then by playing against their alarm clock relentlessness for a cool darkjazz coda. Imagine Terry Riley’s Rainbow in Curved Air played by an orchestra of digital watches and cooing calculators.” – Rolling Stone, Best Avant Albums of 2014, ‘Surface Image’
w/ Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaasen @ The Maritime Conservatory (6199 Chebucto Rd.) Saturday, April 15th, 8pm $25 | All Ages | Under 19 get in free