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Reflections on Classical Music

Francesco Tristano

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Francesco Tristano has established himself as one of contemporary classical music’s rising stars. Although as a child he loved Bach, Vivaldi, Scarletti, Berio and Francesconi, he was quick to develop an interest in a wide range of musical styles. While he dreamed of becoming a drummer, he was also fascinated by jazz and improvisation, along with electronic music. He graduated from the Juillard School in New York in 2003 before studying piano jazz at the Luxembourg conservatory, and contemporary music at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique de Catalogne, where he also created several of his own musical projects, such as Chicko’s Akoustic band and The New Bach Players. His 2005 cover of Derrick May’s ‘Strings of Life’ was overwhelmingly endorsed by pioneers of electro music, like Carl Craig and Mad Mike, and May himself. His collaboration with minimal Godfather Moritz von Oswald who post-produced his ‘Auricle Bio On’ release indicates that Tristano’s journey through sound experimentation is well under way, resulting in music that is both complex and clear, with sudden rhythmic breaks and melodic inventiveness that recall the style of one of his heroes, Frescobaldi.