Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain

Francesco Tristano / Byron Westbrook

Barcelona-based pianist Francesco Tristano had already established a formidable reputation as a classical performer when he broke new ground with the release Not for piano, containing his compositions as well as acclaimed piano versions of Detroit techno classics . Known for exploring new shapes of the piano recital– including programs interpreted as a continuous playlist, or amplified through real-time processing– tonight his program include his own works as well as compositions by Luciano Berio, Dietrich Buxtehude, and JS Bach.

Brooklyn-based electronic composer Byron Westbrook presents a new work exploring drones in the form of high speed playback and fast interlocking pulses. Informed by the harmonic series, Westbrook uses multi-channel dispersion techniques that dynamically respond to the space in performance.

Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain–a two-month festival celebrating ISSUE Project Room's 10th anniversary– revisits seminal past projects and initiates new relationships with over 60 artists working across disciplines of sound, dance, performance, and literature. Presented as a series of 24 evenings of provocative double billings, Ten Years Alive blurs the boundaries between divergent disciplines and practices and celebrating the vibrancy of the Brooklyn experimental arts community.

CIACCONA/CHACONNE: Francesco Tristano, piano

Francesco Tristano: Hello (2007)

Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV (1965)

Dietrich Buxtehude: Toccata in d minor
Suite "d'amour" in d minor
Allemande d'amour - Courante - Sarabande d'amour - Sarabande II - Gigue

Francesco Tristano: La Franciscana (2012)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria with variations (Goldberg variations)

Francesco Tristano: Ground Bass (1997/2004)

Barcelona-based pianist and composer Francesco Tristano has caused a stir both in the club scene, and in classical concert venues internationally. Trained as a classical pianist at Juilliard, and having recorded a number of classical albums, Tristano broke new ground with ‘Not for piano’, the album that launched the French label inFine in 2007, containing his compositions as well as acclaimed piano versions of Detroit techno classics of ‘Strings of life’ and ‘The bells’. Francesco teamed up with Detroit’s own Carl Craig for a remix of ‘The melody’, and, subsequently, project Versus (featuring symphony orchestra and Moritz von Oswald) as well as the legendary Innerzone Orchestra (as pianist, keyboardist and arranger).

Byron Westbrook is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space through site-specific installations and unique listening formats to activate architecture and community. He has presented work at Clocktower Gallery, LMAK Projects, ISSUE Project Room, Diapason Gallery, ExitArt (NYC), ICA London, The LAB (San Francisco), VIVO MediaArtCenter (Vancouver), O’ (Milan). He has been an artist in residence at Clocktower Gallery, Wassaic Project, Diapason Gallery, Hotel Pupik, and Institute of Intermedia. He has worked closely with composer/filmmaker Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation since 2005. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College and lives and works in Brooklyn NY.

Photo: Francesco Tristano by Aymeric Giraudel

Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain is made possible, in part, by “Lead Presenter” support from Robert Bielecki and HBO; “Festival Sponsor” support from Robert Longo, Margo Somma & John Hamilton, and Sixpoint Brewery; with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; with the support of the Casement Fund, Ltd.; and with the support of ISSUE Project Room’s Members.

Yamaha CFX concert grand piano for Francesco Tristano is provided courtesy of Yamaha Artist Services, New York.

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