Classically Trained Pianist Re-imagines Phish for Solo Piano
ALBANY (April 18, 2016) — The music of Phish re-imagined for solo piano. That’s astonishing. That’s Holly Bowling.
The College of Saint Rose presents Holly Bowling in a return engagement performing the music of Phish on solo piano Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.
A presentation of Premiere Performances, tickets are $20 general, $10 students and are on sale now at www.massrycenter.org. For concert and ticket information, contact the Massry Center ticket office at 518-337-4871 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano when she was 5, one major distinction separates her from other similarly studied musicians: a devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. Having attended more than 300 shows by the Vermont-based quartet, she became obsessed by their famous rendition of “Tweezer” from Lake Tahoe on July 31, 2013. It led Bowling to transcribe the 37-minute improvisational masterpiece note-for-note and arrange it for solo piano. The process, both painstaking and fulfilling, inspired her to transform other Phish songs and well-known live jams into solo piano interpretations.
That journey led to Bowling’s debut album, Distillation of a Dream: The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano, a two-CD set featuring 15 songs, three of which were transcribed from live renditions, including the initial “Tweezer” that was the impetus for it all. Her interpretations of Phish classics like “My Friend, My Friend,” “The Squirming Coil” and “Harry Hood” are paired with deeper cuts like “Talk,” “Sleep” and “The Inlaw Josie Wales.” Bowling’s arrangements serve not only as a tribute to the modern day kings of jam, but stand on their own as fully developed classical pieces.
Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Stewart Copeland, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinsen, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.