I got the sad news that Austin Peralta has died.  Via my high school chum Pat Darrin I got  to know the piano whiz kid over the past few years.  His star was just beginning to burn brightly.  What a loss….he just turned 22 last month.

I never got his latest cd Endless Planets from Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus’ label, but I can run a session Austin and I did on KCRW in 2008.

Austin—you were so talented.  We will miss you.


Here’s a youtube clip of Austin playing Chopin–he was so talented in so many ways.

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Finally, a recent clip from Brainfeeder of Austin playing the Tokyo Jazz Festival in 2006. He was just 15 then.  Amazing joy, energy, ecstasy.  First he plays a McCoy Tyner song, “Passion Dance”, then an original, “In D”


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  • Stephan Michaels said:

    Wow. Just watched the clip of the Austin Peralta trio playing in Tokyo. Beautiful. Thanks for posting it. What a sad loss…

  • tom schnabel (author) said:

    if he hadn't had pneumonia, the cocktail of drugs and alcohol probably wouldn't have been fatal.

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