Home » Artists » Tokyo Stories

Francesco Tristano: Bio

Francesco Tristano's recordings attempt to embrace a broad spectrum too; for Deutsche Grammophon he developed programs based on Cage and Bach ("Bach/Cage", 2011), Buxtehude and Bach ("Long Walk", 2012), Ravel and Stravinsky in "Scandale" (2014). Then also, for the French label Infiné he has developed his own compositions where the main ingredients are rhythmic experimentation, abstract texture and a unique sensation of freedom. Although it can seem as a contradictory method, almost bipolar, in reality, there is a very direct – however tenuous – line that connects Bach with techno music; the dance rhythm, harmony and order you may find in Bach are very much alive in pop music. There is a familiar energy, and also a rigid and intense sense of groove.

Techno music entered his life while pursuing his degree at the Juilliard School of New York. During the day, he would lead The New Bach Players through their Bach readings, and at night, the city's clubs would introduce him to house and techno music. In "Not for piano" (2007), he published his own compositions as well as piano versions of Detroit anthems such as, "The Bells" (Jeff Mills) or "Strings of Life" (Derrick May). A year later, with "Auricle Bio On" (2008), he introduced the sound of the piano and use it simultaneously as a sampler and synthesizer. In fact, with the release of "Idiosynkrasia" (2010) Francesco accomplished the synthesis of both languages; digital virtuosity and rare electronic textures, which he would claim as ‘Piano 2.0'.

Alongside with his career in electronic music, he has simultaneously continued to grow as a classical pianist with a repertoire half way between baroque (mainly Bach and before) and twentieth and twenty first century music, organizing his programs as if they were "playlists", which is how he likes to define them. Francesco Tristano is expanding, driven by his genuine open-minded attitude and his increasing knowledge of techno. After finalizing Aufgang – two pianos and drums with a dose of deep house –, his next endeavours lead him again to his version of techno. laying the foundations of a vast and untamed aesthetic.

Music is music and whether it is baroque or modern, dance or ambient, it attempts to connect with mind and body, to the euphoric and the sublime.

1 Hotel Meguro
2 Neon City
3 Electric Mirror
4 Chi no Oto
5 Nakameguro the Third Bridge
6 Lazaro
7 Yoyogi Reset
8 Insomnia ft.Guti
9 Cafe Shinjuku ft. Michel Portal
10 Pakuchi ft. U-Zhaan
11 Akasaka Interlude
12 Nogizaka
13 Gate of Entry ft. Keiichiro Shibuya
14 Ginza Reprise
15 Bokeh Tomorrow ft. Hiroshi Watanabe
16 Kusakabe-san
Francesco Tristano @ La Cupula de CCK / ARTLAB - We Must Live
Francesco Tristano @ Movement Torino 2018

The new album "Tokyo Stories" captures Francesco Tristano's deeply held admiration for the city in 16 original compositions for piano, synthesizers and electronics. The album reflects his long personal connection to Tokyo, with each piece or ‘story' crystallizing experiences that range from the profound to the happily serendipitous. Composed by Tristano and recorded primarily in Tokyo, the album features a variety of guest artists on several tracks, including the Japanese musicians U-zhaan, Keiichiro Shibuya and Hiroshi Watanabe, Argentine electronic artist Guti and legendary French musician Michel Portal.

Crossover Media Projects with: Francesco Tristano