Sunday, January 30, 2011

Austin Peralta: Endless Planets

Austin Peralta. Austin Peralta. Where did I know this name from?? Some reflection later, I quickly realized where. In Sept 2009, during Warp 20 NY, Lotus introduced a few of us to a young jazz prodigy he was very excited to be releasing under the Brainfeeder umbrella: this was Austin Peralta.
Back then, he had already making the prediction that Brainfeeder was moving in this direction, and ffwd to 2011 the time has arrived.
The recent BBC1 Brainfeeder takeover might have been considered the prologue, but we are now 1 week away from Brainfeeder's possibly most significant release, Austin Peralta's Endless Planets.


Austin Peralta is a jazz musician. Not in the sense that he or people close to him bandy around the word “jazz” (or even worse, “jazzy”) in relation to his music. No, in the sense of years of practice and dedication to a particular artform. In the sense of having played with, amongst many others, the likes of Chick Corea, Hank Jones and Ron Carter. In the sense of having serious chops. Of playing the piano and composing like a true veteran. And in the sense of having done all that by the time he’s twenty one. And that’s before you even get into his work as a session player for everyone from Erykah Badu to Shafiq Husayn, or the time he sat in with legendary LA big band, Horace Tapscott’s Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra.

But, as Flying Lotus explains, “this is a step in direction of where I want Brainfeeder to go. True musicianship as well as some interesting electronics.” Peralta, another LA native and son of legendary Z-Boy skater and, latterly, documentary film-maker Stacy Peralta, in many ways fits clearly into what Brainfeeder has always been about, a combination of questing futurism and an understanding of where you’re coming from. So while Peralta works alongside serious jazz musicians like Zane Musa (alto sax), Ben Wendel (tenor and soprano), Hamilton Price (bass) and Zach Harmon (drums), he also relies on longtime friend and associate Strangeloop for electronic manipulation throughout the set and ends the album with a scintillating collaboration with The Cinematic Orchestra and singer Heidi Vogel.

“People would always tell me about this genius jazz pianist,” Flying Lotus recalls. “‘Hes like 17 or 18 and already sounds like Mccoy Tyner!’ I had to go and see what was up, so Strangeloop introduced me, and I got to hear this amazing record.” And once he’d heard it there was only one outcome. It is, after all, the Brainfeeder way. “We had to put it out.” - Brainfeeder press release.

Austin Peralta - Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles by BRAINFEEDER

Austin PeraltaEndless Planets will be out Feb 08 2011.

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