Vicky Chow - Selected Press

 

New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/a-physically-punishing-solo-piano-masterpiece

 

" 'Sonatra' is a milestone of composition, and Vicky Chow's recording of it is a milestone of pianism" (The New Yorker, Ethan Iverson) (read full review)

 

 

"Gordon’s writing—and Chow’s execution—delivers a delirium state of rare potency." 

"But in Chow’s hands, the riffs-for-days feel can call to mind other swing references; at times, her playing conjures a vision of some vintage piano genius like Art Tatum coming back to life and getting high on post-minimalism." (Pitchfork, Seth Colter Wells) (read full review)

 

 

"Chow digs into the right side of the piano, delivering glassy notes with numbing precision—there’s a jazz-like virtuosity in the percussiveness—and when notes begin heading downward, there’s the sensation of Nat King Cole’s charming melodic touch, albeit with a razor-like drive and maniacal, tightly-coiled heft." (Bandcamp, Best of Contemporary Classical February 2018, Peter Margasak) (read full review)

Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/20-best-avant-albums-of-2014-163252/vicky-chow-tristan-perich-surface-image-161301/

 

“New York blip wrangler Tristan Perich composed this dizzying, disorienting 63-minute symphony for piano and 1-bit pixels blooping and chirping from 40 individual speakers. Pianist Vicky Chow interacts with these manic chiptune lightning bugs in fascinating ways — first by matching them, playing in sharply defined Philip Glass rectangles; then by playing against their alarm clock relentlessness for a cool darkjazz coda. Imagine Terry Riley's Rainbow in Curved Air played by an orchestra of digital watches and cooing calculators.”

 

New York City Jazz Record: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/51e96507e4b00c61fc8b61e1/t/54c9f887e4b0c0965df7cb22/1422522503023/NYC+Jazz+Record.pdf

"one of Perich’s most successful projects to date...played wonderfully by Vicky Chow…”

Rhapsody: Top 25 Classical Albums of 2014:  http://us.napster.com/blog/post/top-25-classical-albums-of-2014

 

I Care If You Listen: https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2014/12/vicky-chow-tristan-perich-surface-image/

 

"a minimalist tesseract comes to life in a stellar digital release from New Amsterdam Records”

 

New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/arts/music/surface-image-by-tristan-perich-at-roulette.html 

 

New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/arts/music/contagious-sounds-takes-stage-at-cornelia-street-cafe.html

 

New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/19/arts/music/review-tristan-perich-the-kitchen.html

 

FLAUNT: https://www.flaunt.com/content/art/surface-image

"an aesthetically dizzying synergy of acoustic strains and synthetic sounds”

 

Musicworks Magazine: https://www.musicworks.ca/profile/vicky-chow-just-warming

 

San Diego Union: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/classical-music/sdut-bang-on-a-can-vicky-chow-2015oct21-htmlstory.html

 

NBC 7 San Diego: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/local/vicky-chows-fresh-sound-san-diego-debut/107344/

 

Vancouver Sun; https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/vicky-chow-and-ben-reimers-four-thousand-holes/

 

San Francisco Classical Voice: https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/los-angeles-philharmonic/adams-and-wolfe-take-listeners-on-two-very-different-head-trips

 

Dagblad Noorden (Dutch National Newspaper) : https://www.dvhn.nl/cultuur/Recensie-Noorderzon-Vicky-Chow-speelt-Philip-Glass-een-stuk-beter-dan-Philip-Glass-zelf-24739183.html

 

Boston Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2012/02/15/pianist-vicky-chow-plays-john-cage/VNmBhOG6HuK1v6zFPRYkKI/story.html

 

The Georgia Straight: https://www.straight.com/arts/570176/pianist-vicky-chow-faces-challenges-impossible-piece

 

The Georgia Straight: https://www.straight.com/arts/345136/reich-rite-pianist-vicky-chow-takes-frightening-fingerwork

 

The Georgia Straight:https://www.straight.com/arts/1035576/young-musicians-push-piano-new-territory

 

Bandcamp: https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/expanding-the-expanse

 

"With its overlapping patterns, static harmonies, and relentless repetition—not to mention its unbroken, hour-plus length—Surface Image might easily be seen as a 21st-century companion to the minimalist classics of the 1960s”

 

WNYC New Sounds: https://www.newsounds.org/story/man-machine-meetings/ 

"an intense work of carefully constructed mathematical beauty and one of striking endurance for the pianist”

 

Pitchfork: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22637-a-o-r-t-a/

 

"Avant-garde pianist Vicky Chow releases an album full of roving, tense compositions from modern-day composers, blending her traditional piano with blurs of digital effects and percussion. "