Acclaimed pianist Holly Bowling is in the middle of a groundbreaking virtual concert tour featuring extraordinary solo performances filmed at some of America’s most spectacular natural locations. This Thursday, September 17, Bowling’s Wilderness Tour brings viewers to Utah’s expansive, otherworldly Bonneville Salt Flats.
TO HOLLY BOWLING’S SALT FLATS SET
“The salt flats are, hands down, the craziest place I’ve ever played music,” says Bowling. “We got up at 3:30 am and drove out into the largest expanse of darkness I’ve ever seen. No points of light for any kind of scale or sense of distance or speed, no sign of any other life, no sounds but the wind racing over this giant white expanse of salt. It genuinely felt like another planet. As I started to play, the light washing over everything and illuminating the mountains in the distance did nothing to shatter the illusion of an extraterrestrial landscape. The wind was so strong at the beginning of the set it played the strings of the zither, steering the direction the music would take before I played a single note. You can hear the sound of the salt flats and the seemingly endless space as the set begins.”
HOLLY BOWLING’S LAKE TAHOE SET
The Wilderness Tour began Thursday, September 3 with a performance from California’s Lake Tahoe followed by a performance from Yosemite, and both sets have reached over 150K views. Upcoming performances will air on Thursdays at Idaho’s epic Bruneau Canyon (September 24), Montana/Wyoming’s scenic Beartooth Highway (October 1), and South Dakota’s Badlands National Park (October 8).
All performances will be broadcast for free via Bowling’s official Facebook
page and Youtube
channel at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET; viewers are invited to contribute to the San Francisco-based pianist’s Virtual Tip Jar
Hailed by Rolling Stone for her “heady, layered improv-rock excursions distilled into crystalline solo piano pieces,” Holly Bowling has earned widespread applause for her innovative and technically advanced, emotionally rich style. After studying piano performance at SF State University, Bowling turned her agile mind and interpretive prowess towards painstakingly transcribing and then performing a wildly improvisational 2013 live version of Phish’s epic “Tweezer.” The 37-minute performance – dubbed “The Tahoe Tweezer
” – proved a sensation, inspiring a pair of remarkable LPs in 2015’s Distillation Of A Dream: The Music Of Phish Reimagined For Solo Piano and 2016’s Better Left Unsung, the latter a triple-LP collecting classical solo piano arrangements of the music of the Grateful Dead. Her innovative approach and remarkable virtuosity earned Bowling attention from the devoted jam band community as well as such legends as Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jim James, Page McConnell, John Scofield, Ivan Neville, Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbridge, Branford Marsalis, Duane Trucks, Greensky Bluegrass, Umphrey’s McGee, Railroad Earth, Don Was, and Robert Randolph, all of whom invited her to perform alongside them at multiple, concerts, festivals, and events like Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads and Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam.
Last year saw Bowling release her first official concert recording, Live from the Old Church, featuring stunning renditions of Phish and Grateful Dead classics including “Theme From The Bottom,” “Dark Star,” and “Let It Grow.” Bowling recently released the eight-volume series, Alone Together: The Living Room Sessions
, collecting remastered audio of her popular livestream concerts presented during quarantine earlier this year. The repertoire featured on Alone Together includes favorite songs by Phish and the Grateful Dead along with visionary solo piano versions of Radiohead’s “Idioteque”
and Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,”
both joined by equally powerful performance videos streaming now at Bowling’s official YouTube
As if that weren’t enough, Bowling’s full-length Live From Out There
performance aired live from her San Francisco living room in late March and is streaming now via YouTube. The concert – also available as Alone Together, Vol. 2 – is highlighted by Bowling’s first-ever performance of The Youngbloods’ “Get Together.”
HOLLY BOWLING VIRTUAL TOUR DATES LEG ONE:
3 – Lake Tahoe, California
10 – Yosemite, California
17 – Salt Flats, Utah
24 – Bruneau Canyon, Idaho
1 – Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming
8 – Badlands, South Dakota