NATHAN LIOW

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“Nimble piano strokes and comps lift, dip, and flutter like angels, sending echoes bouncing off the walls. It’s a lonely feeling. It’s the opposite of, say, having a group of pianists play at the same time. Here, you take the playing of one, set it against itself, and watch as it spider-cracks outward like ice on the lake. Cold, crisp, and clinical; that’s how I like my context. Liow and Tarnawsky bend the corners of time effortlessly, turning a good idea into a great recording.” 
                ~ Grant Purdum, Tiny Mixed Tapes

 

An award winning pianist, composer and producer from Melbourne, Australia, Liow recently exhibited his cross-pacific collaboration with social practice artist Carmen Papallia"Music For Eyes" as a part of Incinerator Gallery's exhibition "With Seeing Hands", an exhibition that explores sightedness in the artworld and themes of mobility and accessibility. June 2019 saw "Music For Eyes" featured in the “New Movement Exhibition” at The Cost Annex, Boston MA.

Liow's ambitious improvised work, Artifacts, was exhibited at West Space Gallery as a part of Next Wave Festival, in remote-collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer and electronic artist Angus Tarnawsky. His compositions are featured on a diverse array of projects including original soundtrack for the MIFF Official Selection film "Creswick" and award-winning film "Burrow", both by acclaimed film maker Natalie James. Most recently he performed along side Andrea Keller and Sam Keevers as a part of Andrea Keller’s Piano club at Melbourne’s Jazzlab.

Participating in the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2014 afforded Liow the opportunity to study under the mentorship of Grammy-nominated, Downbeat and NPR acclaimed New York pianist and composer Vijay Iyer. Liow is also an alumnus of New York School for Improvised Music, and a multiple scholarship recipient during his time studying at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

He has performed internationally in Shanghai where he resided in 2009/2010, New York City, Canada, Japan and at home in Melbourne's best music venues such as Bennett's Lane, Jazz Lab, Melbourne Recital Centre, Paris Cat, Uptown, Hamer Hall and Federation Square. Liow has receieved high praise from Australian jazz luminaries including Tony Gould, Simon Barker and Paul Grabowsky. His music has been featured on ABC Radio, Radio National, Triple J, RRR, PBS and 3MBS.

Read Grant Purdum's review of "Artifacts" on Tiny Mixed Tapes.


 

Upcoming Performances

 

15TH AUG 2019 8PM

NEW/STANDARD
JAZZ LAB
$TBC


30th AUG 2019 7PM

RALEIGH WILLIAMS SINGS NINA
PARIS CAT BASEMENT
$32 BOOK TICKETS


19TH SEP 2019 8PM

BLUE NOTE ‘60
PARIS CAT LOFT
$22


20TH SEP 2019 8PM

IN OUR OWN WORDS
PARIS CAT BASEMENT
$32