Watch: Vicky Chow Performs Andy Akiho's 'Vick(i/y)'

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Still from 'Vicki/y' video with Vicky Chow and Andy Akiho. (Gabriel Gomez)

Pianist and Bang on a Can All-Star Vicky Chow performs Andy Akiho's haunting Vick(i/y) for prepared piano in a new video recorded at Brooklyn's Pioneer Works and at the Storm King sculpture garden in New Windsor, New York. Directed by Gabriel Gomez of Crooked Letter Films, the cryptic film focuses on natural and industrial textures: metallic spirals, tree trunks, the inside of the piano.

On his website, Akiho notes that "the piece is written for and dedicated to Vick(i) Ray and Vick(y) Chow, two amazing contemporary pianists who have been a major musical inspiration for me over the past few years." Inspired by composers John Cage and George Crumb, the music seeks to create the sound of a miniature percussion ensemble inside the piano (Akiho is a percussionist and steel pan performer).

Chow adds: "The bell-like preparation notes of diminishing pulses, which are continuously interrupted by the conventional notes, represent a consistent, yet fading mental image." 

Vick(i/y) appears on Vicky Chow's latest album A O R T A, released in November 2016 on New Amsterdam Records.

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Paul Epstein from Northern Northern Manhattan

I've loved Vicky Chow's playing for years. Akiho's score gives plays to her strengths and she plays wonderfully evocatively. Too often I've found videos distract from the music, but this one enhances the experience. Well done. (Except I wish they hadn't colorized the great blue heron.)

Mar. 01 2017 03:42 PM
Nancy Purington from Iowa

Thank you. Thank you.

Feb. 23 2017 10:32 AM

The cinematography has angles and magnified close-ups and animation that provide an artistic sound tilt I have not see the likes of for classical music. Vicky does an incredible Vick(i/y) - Crooked Letter Films well done. Akiho is an amazing composer. Classical music needs more of these type productions. I consider myself fortunate, I saw and heard Vicky Chow perform Surface Images by Tristan Perich, mind blowing in person as no recording media could possibly replicate.

Feb. 22 2017 10:04 PM

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