Remembering Austin

Great article from LA Weekly’s Mark McDermott on the tragically short life of the young L.A. pianist, who passed away a few months ago.  So many great insights into who this precocious, batshit-crazy kid was.  My favorite passage:

In November Peralta traveled to Poland with drummer Zach Harmon and bassist Gabe Noel. They stopped in Warsaw, Chopin’s home city, and made a middle-of-the-night expedition to a statue of the composer, located in a park that was locked up. They broke in and Peralta climbed on top of Chopin.

Hendrix, of course.  Coltrane maybe, but who does that to Chopin?

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