An award winning pianist, composer and producer from Melbourne, Australia, Nathan Liow premiered his ambitious improvised work, Artifacts, 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 featured on Erica Bramham's critically acclaimed vocal jazz album Twelve Moons.
Participating in the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2014 afforded Liow the opportunity to study under the mentorship of 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, 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.
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