Watch: Vicky Chow Performs Andy Akiho's 'Vick(i/y)'
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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.