Since his nomadic teenage years when he left his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, composer/pianist Tristan Eckerson has lived, traveled, & studied in places as far-flung as Charleston, South Carolina, San Sebastian, Spain, San Francisco, California, & Seattle, Washington and has performed in solo and group settings on both U.S. Coasts as well as Canada and Europe. He has since returned to Cincinnati and over the summer released a lovely new solo record called Dream Variations, a complete DIY effort from writing, mixing, and mastering to producing the cover art.
Eckerson stands out as one who is quite comfortable traversing a wide variety genres, including some not often associated with solo piano, and citing influences as diverse as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Beethoven, Sigur Ros and Tigran Hamasyan. A case in point is his new digital single which is a solo piano rendition of the DeVotchKa‘s “How It Ends”, an indie pop song originally released in 2004 and which has achieved near ubiquity through placements in theatrical and commercial trailers (see the many references here) and a YouTube video with close to 5 million views.
You can listen here to an exclusive premiere of Eckerson’s adroit rendering, a kind of reprise of the original that retains its character while reducing it down to its barest melodic elements. The digital single will be available on September 7 and features cover art by Ana Moreira.
Update (Oct 2021): the stand-alone single featured here has been removed from Bandcamp, but the song is still available as part of Eckerson’s ‘Singles – Volume 1‘ released in July 2020.