Hailed as “one of the most exciting pianists in the contemporary American classical scene” by Pitchfork, Bruce Brubaker is a classical pianist and a forward thinking composer who is closely associated with the recent revitalization of classical music that is often referred to as “classical alternative.” Based in New York City and born in Iowa, Brubaker has been releasing breathtaking classical compositions since the early 2000’s on Arabesque Recordings. His most recent album, Glass Piano, which was released on Infiné Music last year, is a collection of solo piano interpretations of pieces written by the legendary experimental and minimalist composer Philip Glass.

Following the release of this brilliant album, InFiné Music and Brubaker decided to invite a host of new artists from various scenes and generations to re-interpret his solo-piano work for the Glass Piano (Versions)EP. The composer explains the motivation behind this remix album in the text below.

“Remix culture, post-production art is the art of now. Artists today are making pathways through what came before. More and more I see what I do in this way. I’m starting from notes written on paper by Philip (Glass). But music is a group activity, and a transaction. This music only exists as it does because it was written, then made into sound by me, and heard by listeners. The people hearing it complete the art.”

Today’s XLR8R download is a remix of Bruce Brubaker’s track “Knee for Thought,” which arrives courtesy of recent XLR8R Podcast contributor Francesco Tristano. The Luxembourg City producer, who was a student of Brubaker’s when he was attending the Juilliard School of Music in New York, is an obvious choice for this remix due to his ability to seamlessly blend classical works with cutting edge electronic sounds.

You can download “Knee For Thought (Francesco Tristano Vision)” below.

Be sure to check out the entire Glass Piano Versions EP by visiting BandCamp here.

Knee For Thought (Francesco Tristano Vision)

Additional Download: Francesco Tristano – “Mambo”