Kanoko Nishi and Anthony Porter will performing the world premier of Jon Raskin's piano composition "Creative Decay" which may also be called "Past Attack". It is a meditation on decrescendo and what can happen after an attack.
Kanoko Nishi is a performer currently based in San Francisco/Bay Area, California. She studied at Mills College from 2002 to 2006). She has studied with, and was inspired primarily by improvisers Fred Frith, Joëlle Léandre, and Kazue Sawai.
Although her primary training is in classical piano performance, Kanoko Nishi’s most recent interest has been in improvisational music making, both in a solo context and in collaborations with other artists. She has been exploring on the piano, as well as on her second instrument, koto (13, or 17-string Japanese zither), various extended techniques, in addition to more traditional techniques, in order to widen the range of vocabularies on each instrument and to enable them to adapt to different musical genres.
Anthony Porter s a pianist and composer based in San Francisco, CA. He received his BA in Music and Education from UC Berkeley, and his MM in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Dan Becker. His music has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Outside Lands Music Festival, the Jewish Community Center, and ODC in San Francisco; and The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA.