Progressive classical musicians have long been attracted to the realm of electronic music, but few have navigated those two worlds quite like Francesco Tristano. Tristano was born to an Italian mother in Luxemborg. That's where his training began, but his real musical education came in New York--studying music formally at Julliard and informally at the city’s thriving underground clubs. As a result, Tristano's a classical piano virtuoso and a skilled electronic music producer who makes music that doesn’t fit in either genre. Last month, Tristano released an adventurous solo album, Idiosynkrasia, which he recorded at Planet E studios in Detroit. Tonight at Le Poisson Rouge, he has an equally adventurous program titled “Simultaneo,” in which he will team up with another young piano iconoclast, Bruce Brubaker, and play his music at the same time as Brubaker performs works by Phillip Glass, John Cage and others. This track, “Mambo,” comes from Tristano's new album. It pairs a minimalist techno sound with a Steve Reich-style minimalist ostinato on the piano.
*Song by Francesco Tristano