Same as Alban Berg, Francesco Tristano believes that music is music - universal, one and indivisible. Francesco tours the world performing renowned classical and contemporary piano repertoire. At the same time, he takes on exciting projects, that may vary in style and technique, but that allow him to explore and advance his interests in music making and interpretation. Francesco embodies authentic talent not tainted by an overblown ego. His music is a sincere effort to connect us to what matters ignoring rigid definitions or restrictions. Timeless. Timely.
On November 26, Francesco Tristano will perform the North American premiere of his latest album titled Tokyo Stories. This is one of those not to be missed events in NYC. There is no need for loud statements and glossy tricks. Just sit back, enjoy everything LPR has to offer and revel in Francesco's musical offering. It'll be memorable. Read what Francesco Tristano shared with us. It'll convince you that the world has no shortage of fascinating characters. All you have to do is make an effort and tune in.
Who is Francesco Tristano in his own words?
Piano in space.
How do you define the kind of music you make, perform and love?
I play the piano. I make electronic music. Sometimes I combine the two. Bach is always there, too.
What are some themes that you explore through your music?
I like to explore the possibilities of bringing the sound of the piano into our current time. Electronics can be one way forward. Redefining the repertoire, and re-contextualizing it is another.
Tell us more about 2019 album titled Tokyo Stories.
Tokyo Stories was recorded in Tokyo about one year ago. It is my humble homage to Neon City consisting of compositions for piano, synths, and field recordings. For some of the tracks I was joined in the studio by my friends.
You’re been touring Europe and you’ll be giving the North American premiere of Tokyo Stories at LPR on November 26. Any expectations for the LPR event?
This is my first show in the Big Apple in almost 3 years. The first time I played at LPR was in 2007 - I’m psyched to return to the venue with Tokyo Stories. The show features visuals developed by my creative team, and based on the photography of Japanese artist Ryuya Amao.
It seems that you have no trouble keeping yourself busy and on the road. What cities and cultural scenes provide plenty of features that make you feel at home?
Tokyo is very high on the list. Last time I was there it was about two weeks ago and it was kind of a test: Tokyo Stories returned home. Germany, France, Russia - all have great cultural scenes and people.
What are you looking forward to attending in the weeks ahead?
It will be a short stay - not sure how much time I’ll have beyond the usual walks in my old hoods: upper west side & Brooklyn. NYC is always full of surprises — I’ll take it from there. . .
Who are a few contemporary musicians and artists you’ve collaborated with and are inspired by?
Ryuichi Sakamoto. Moritz von Oswald. Saburo Teshigawara.
It’s almost the end of 2019. Do you have a type of mental inventory list of what you’ve achieved throughout the year? Any new plans?
2019 is the year of Tokyo Stories. I have learned so much, also with regard to video technology and how to make it work with my music. The album campaign will go on for some months, but I am already planning the next record. The truth is, I might have begun its recording process. . .
#WhatMatters - Thoughts about what matters to you the most at this point in time.
#WhatMatters is serenity — as a work-in-progress. It’s not easily achieved but it’s what I’ve always aimed at I my everyday life. There are things that are going on in the world which are impossible to accept, and yet we have to go on. Serenity might be the only solution.