Copresented with the Walker Art Center
Thu, Mar 24, 2016

Observations performed at 6:00pm
Surface Image performed at 7:00pm
Walker Art Center galleries, Minneapolis

“A masterpiece of (Post)Romantic proportions: an epic struggle between man and machine, pushing the piano beyond the limits of playability. There are moments of breakneck virtuosity and profound lyricism, beauty and menace. It is both an alien landscape and one that’s eerily familiar.” – Feast of Music

Through a string of groundbreaking works pairing acoustic instruments with handmade 1-bit electronics, composer Tristan Perich has transformed the way in which traditional forms of composition can be enhanced and reinvigorated by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. Perich's Surface Image brings together his inspired electronic aesthetic and pianist Vicky Chow's fiercely virtuosic playing. Chow, “one of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times) intertwines her nuanced and dynamic playing with a sublime flurry of dazzling 1-bit sounds, artfully crafted by Perich who focuses electronic and compositional micro-processes into music whose “power comes from the sublime, sheer power of its whole” (WQXR). Surface Image as well as Perich’s Observations (for two sets of crotales and 6-channel 1-bit music) will be performed in conjunction with the Walker’s Sound Horizon series and presented in two Walker galleries, allowing listeners to craft their own multimedia experience, engaging visual art and live music at their leisure. 

Tickets: Free event as part of the Walker Art Center’s Sound Horizon series; no tickets required.