Surface Image: Interview with Tristan Perich / by Liquid Music

By Lauren McNee

Live music and visual art collide on March 24 with the presentation of Surface Image featuring composer Tristan Perich and pianist Vicky Chow, a partnership with the Walker Art Center's Sound Horizon Series. Written for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics, Surface Image is an hour-long musical journey that synthesizes Perich's electronic aesthetic and Chow's virtuosity. Surface Image and Perich's Observations (for two sets of crotales and 6-channel 1-bit electronics) will be performed in two galleries at the Walker Art Center. Audiences are encouraged to create a unique multimedia experience by freely wandering the galleries while listening to live music.  

Chicago-based percussionist Peter Ferry sat down with Perich at his studio in Brooklyn to talk about working with 1-bit electronics, collaborating with Vicky Chow, the beauty of minimalism and presenting music in a gallery context.

Watch for an interview with Vicky Chow later this week! 


Working with Vicky Chow

Evolution of Surface Image

Electronic Sound

1-bit electronics

Speaker construction


Visual art <----> Live sound

Humans <----> Machines

Structured minimalism <----> Artistic beauty


In-gallery performance 

Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist quickly gaining recognition for “presenting percussion in a stunning, thoughtful way” (Democrat and Chronicle). Beyond his national concerto and recital touring, Ferry connects with online audiences through the TEDx stage and imaginative videos of contemporary repertoire performances. Ferry also joins Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente and other established contemporary ensembles as a guest percussionist. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, Ferry graduated with the first ever John Beck Percussion Scholarship, an Arts Leadership certificate, and the prestigious Performer's Certificate recognizing "outstanding performing ability." More at