Tristan Eckerson, first and foremost, is a pianist. Before he was writing music for award winning films, producing electronic dance music, or writing string arrangements for the Magik* Magik Orchestra, he was playing and writing music on the piano. And that's why Tristan has finally decided to reconnect with his instrument of choice and create his first ever full length album for solo piano.
Tristan's life, musical and otherwise, has been that of a nomad since his teenage years, when he left his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue his musical career. Since then he has lived in Charleston, South Carolina, San Sebastian, Spain, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, and now Asheville, North Carolina. During that time he has written music and performed in multiple groups on both U.S. Coasts, recording with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra and Fred Wesley and the J.B.'s, performing at the Great American Music hall for San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival, and receiving his Master's degree in Music Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Tristan has been all over the map as far as musical styles go, and there even came a point, for a number of years, when he was focusing solely on electronic music production, and didn't even play the piano at all.
But at the end of the day, the piano is the instrument that Tristan needs to truly express his musical ideas, and that's why he has been drawn back to the instrument in order to produce his first ever full length album. Tristan sums it up like this, "After years of producing music with midi controllers and computers, it felt so therapeutic to get back to writing and playing with nothing but myself and the piano. The simplicity of using just one instrument really brought back the inspiration that I had been missing for a long time, and the material just started to flow out of me."
So bringing all of his influences and experiences into the mix, Tristan has decided to go back to his roots and create music for the instrument that has been with him since childhood, and for which he will always feel a special connection. Stay tuned for Tristan's full length solo piano album, which will hopefully be just the beginning of many more years of piano music from this versatile young pianist and composer.
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