Montreal-based percussionist Ben Reimer and Vancouver-born Brooklyn-based pianist Vicky Chow met several years ago at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at Mass MOCA. In 2016, Chow and Reimer united as a duo by commissioning Canadian composers Nicole Lizée and Vincent Ho. The two made their debut performance in January 2017 at the International PuSH Festival in Vancouver, co-presented by Music on Main, which featured John Luther Adams’ “Four Thousand Holes” and the premiere performances of Lizée’s “Softcore” and Ho’s “Kickin’ It!” After a successful debut, the duo is now a fully fledged commissioning, recording, and touring project.
Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “new star of new music” by Los Angeles Times and “one of our era’s most brilliant pianists” by Pitchfork. Chow is the pianist for Bang on a Can All-Stars, X88, Chow / Reimer Duo, Grand Band, New Music Detroit, and others. Her sophomore album A O R T A on New Amsterdam Records was hailed as “imaginative” and “compelling” by I Care If You Listen and “a triumph of curation” by Second Inversion. In 2013, she gave the North American premiere of Steve Reich’s work “Piano Counterpoint,” the world premiere of John Zorn’s new piano trio “The Aristos,” and an evening-length work by Tristan Perich for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics titled Surface Image, presented at Roulette. Vicky Chow is a Yamaha Artist.
Winnipeg-born percussionist Ben Reimer became captivated by the drum set at an early age. Now based in Montreal, Reimer has established himself as a leading figure in contemporary drumset performance, commissioning solo works such as “Ringer” by Nicole Lizée, “Full Grown” by Scott Edward Godin, and “Train Set” by Eliot Britton. Reimer is a member of Architek Percussion in Montreal and is a Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Canada and Vic Firth artist.
“Softcore” and “Kickin’ It” were commissioned with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts.