Having been touted as a child prodigy since his earliest years, pianist Austin Peralta has cultivated a remarkably diverse and eclectic career over the course of the 16 years he has been playing. In addition to his magnetizing pianism and tangible passion for music that abounds each time he sits down to play, Peralta, now 21 years old, cannot be lopped into a particular category—his art is the product of a familiarity and experience with all types of music and a transcendence of the limitations between genres.
Starting his journey with music at age 5, Peralta developed a deep affinity with Classical music, a passion he has fostered to this day. During high school he recorded two albums as the leader of groups that include jazz luminaries Ron Carter, Billy Kilson, Buster Williams, Steve Nelson, and Marcus Strickland. At the 2007 Tokyo Jazz Festival, Peralta was part of a “dream team” piano quartet that included the legendary Chick Corea, Hank Jones, and Hiromi Uehara. Upon graduating high school, Peralta went briefly to New York City to study at The New School University. After a year he returned back to Los Angeles and since that time has collaborated with Stanley Clarke, The Cinematic Orchestra, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Thundercat, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Jaga Jazzist, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra, & Horace Tapscott’s Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra among many others. To Peralta, there is beauty to be found in all of these different forms, and with that in mind he continues to manifest and pursue meaningful musical connections everywhere he goes.
Peralta is a member of the Los Angeles-originated Brainfeeder label started by Coltrane-descendent Flying Lotus, another native Angeleno and music producer with cosmic sensibilities. Peralta’s third album, a self-produced project entitled “Endless Planets,” was released via the Brainfeeder imprint worldwide in 2011. Having recently made contributions to Amon Tobin’s self-titled box-set with a reinterpretation, as well as releasing a reinterpretation of Sun Ra’s music on the All City imprint, Peralta is gearing up for his next full length album to be released on Brainfeeder this year.