Austin Peralta

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Austin Peralta
Born (1990-10-25)October 25, 1990
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Origin U.S.
Died November 21, 2012(2012-11-21) (aged 22)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Instruments Piano
Years active 2006–2012
Labels Brainfeeder

Austin Peralta (October 25, 1990 – November 21, 2012) was a musician and composer. He had two CDs released by CBS/Sony in Japan by the age of 16. Peralta was the only son of film director and Z-Boys skateboarder Stacy Peralta.[2]


Peralta was a piano player and composer devoted to music from a very young age, starting piano lessons at the age of six and eventually studying with Eleanor Lindboe, Sara Banta at Pepperdine University, the noted jazz pianist Alan Pasqua and saxophonist Buddy Collette. Peralta won the Shelly Manne New Talent Award given by the Los Angeles Jazz Society in 2003, presented to him by Quincy Jones, at the age of 13.[3] Peralta could also play soprano saxophone, bass, and drums.[4]

At age 15, Peralta was a featured performer at the 2006 Tokyo Jazz Festival, appearing with his own trio,[5] and performing live with major jazz and jazz fusion stars Chick Corea, Hank Jones, Sadao Watanabe, John Patitucci, Omar Hakim, and the young Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara.

In 2006, at the age of 16, Peralta recorded two albums for Sony Music: "Maiden Voyage" featuring bassist Ron Carter,[3] and "Mantra" which included renowned bassist Buster Williams. In 2007, Peralta appeared at the internationally-known Java Jazz Festival.

In 2011, Peralta self-produced an original album, "Endless Planets," released on the Brainfeeder label.

He is featured on the 2012 Cinematic Orchestra release, "In Motion."

Peralta composed and performed the score for the remastered documentary feature What Happened to Kerouac? (2012) and appeared on the track "DMT Song" on Flying Lotus' album Until the Quiet Comes (2012). Before his death in 2012, Peralta was a touring member of jazz group The Cinematic Orchestra and was performing regularly with Allan Holdsworth and Virgil Donati.

Peralta was the son of filmmaker Joni Caldwell and the Z-Boy skateboarder and film director Stacy Peralta.[6] He contributed to the original soundtrack of his father's documentary film Riding Giants with a piano solo.

Peralta died on November 21, 2012, at the age of 22. The LA County Coroner's Report indicated the most likely cause of death was viral pneumonia, aggravated by a combination of alcohol and drugs.[7] Thundercat's album Apocalypse (2013) pays tribute to Peralta.

A foundation in his name will be established in 2013.[citation needed]

Deathgasm Ensemble[edit]

The ensemble name Deathgasm is an inspiration from the Bardo Thodol (the so-called Tibetan Book of the Dead) and the Gaspar Noé film Enter the Void. Peralta felt that his music had the power to evoke spiritual places similar to death, orgasm, love, or "whatever". So he decided to name his ensemble Deathgasm.[4]

  • Peralta - Leader
  • Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Violin, viola
  • Sam Gendel - Saxophone
  • Ryan McGillicuddy - Bass
  • Zach Harmon - Drums, tabla
  • Earnest Blount - Electronics, laptop
  • Ben Olsen - video/photography

The Peralta/Strangeloop Project[edit]

Peralta and Strangeloop (another Brainfeeder artist) met at a coffee shop when Strangeloop ranted to him about the apocalypse. Peralta found him like-minded and ended up connecting, becoming best friends. Strangeloop's music is more electronic and Peralta wanted to introduce that world into his acoustic style of music. Peralta felt that something was missing in his Endless Planet's project that was in the works and decided to tie Strangeloop's work into his.[4] They performed live together at the Roy O. Disney Theatre on July 7, 2010 and numerous other occasions.

As a Leader/Frontman[edit]

"Views of Saturn Vol. 2 (Austin Peralta / Sun Ra)" (2012)

Produced, Arranged by:


  • Austin Peralta – Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Percussion, Voice, Performer [Electronic Manipulation]
  • Michael Foster – Tenor Saxophone
  • Earnest Blount – Performer [Electronic Manipulation]
  • Strangeloop – Electronic Manipulation



  1. Austin Peralta - Space Loneliness #2
  2. Sun Ra - Door of the Cosmos

The Cinematic Orchestra "In Motion #1"(2012):

  • Features Peralta on Track 2:


"Endless Planets"


"Maiden Voyage"

As a Sideman[edit]

Octavious Womack's song 'Superstar' (2012)

Flying Lotus - "Until The Quiet Comes" (2012)

  • 'DMT Song'

Teebs - "Collections 01" (2011)

Thundercat - "The Golden Age of Apocalypse"(2011)

Strangeloop - "Fields" (2011)

Erykah Badu - "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh" (2010)

Shafiq Husayn - "En' A-Free-Ka" (2009)

Time Ries - "Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II" (2007)

Adam Rudolph & Go: Organic Orchestra - "Thought Forms" (2006)


"Being in the World" (2010)

  • Austin performs and is interviewed in this film along with other musicians: Jumaane Smith, Ryan Cross & Tony Austin.

His compositions can be heard in:

"Riding Giants" (2004)

"Tell Me Cuba" (2006)


Inta' Out (January 2005)[edit]


  • Austin Peralta – piano
  • Tigran Nersissian – bass
  • Jake Bloch – drums
  • Ralph Jones – soprano sax (tracks 4 and 6)

Track listing:

  1. Mode To John
  2. Blues Etude
  3. Aisha
  4. Resolution
  5. Deptic
  6. Dance Of The Clones
  7. Seven Steps To Heaven

Maiden Voyage (March 2006)[edit]


Recorded at Avatar Studios on September 27, 2005

  • Austin Peralta - Arrangement
  • Koji "C-chan" Suzuki - Mastering
  • Yasohachi "88" Itoh - Producer
  • Yoshihiro Suzuki - Recording


  • Austin Peralta – piano
  • Ron Carter – bass
  • Billy Kilson – drums

Track listing:

  1. Passion Dance (Composed By – McCoy Tyner)
  2. Shadow Of Your Smile (Composed By – Johnny Mandel)
  3. Maiden Voyage (Composed By – Herbie Hancock)
  4. Green, Dolphin Street (Composed By – Bronislaw Kaper, Ned Washington)
  5. Spain (Composed By – Chick Corea)
  6. N.Q.E. (Naguib Qormah Effendi) (Composed By – Austin Peralta)
  7. Someday My Prince Will Come (Composed By – Frank Churchill)
  8. Balaqeeti (Composed By – Austin Peralta)
  9. Naima (Composed By – John Coltrane)

Mantra (December 2006)[edit]


Recorded at Avatar Studios in Manhattan, NY on October 10, 2006


  • Koji "C-chan" Suzuki - Mastering
  • Yoshihiro Suzuki - Engineer (recording)
  • Yasohachi "88" Itoh - Producer


  • Austin Peralta – piano, kalimba
  • Ronald Bruner, Jr. – drums
  • Steve Nelson – vibes
  • Marcus Strickland – tenor/soprano saxes
  • Buster Williams – bass
  • Steve Nelson  - Vibraphone

Track Listing:

  1. Mantra
  2. Black Narcissus
  3. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  4. Astral Tides
  5. Butterfly
  6. Ablaze
  7. All the Things You Are
  8. Afro Blue
  9. D.Redman

Endless Planets (February 2011)[edit]


Tracks 1-6 recorded in Oxnard, Ca on August 2, 2009 at Drum Channel.

Track 7 Recorded in Brooklyn, NY on October 18, 2009 at W Studios

  • Kevin Majorino - Engineer
  • Daddy Kev - Mastering
  • Austin Peralta - Mixer, Producer
  • Paul Pesco - Mixer, Producer


  • Austin Peralta – piano, fender rhodes (track 7) soprano sax (track 1)
  • Zach Harmon – drums, tabla (track 6)
  • Zane Musa – alto sax
  • Hamilton Price – bass
  • Ben Wendel – tenor and soprano saxes (track 4)
  • Strangeloop – electronic manipulation
  • Heidi Vogel – vocal (track 7)
  • The Cinematic Orchestra – electronic manipulation (track 7)

Track listing:

  1. Introduction: The Lotus Flower (2:16)
  2. Capricornus (8:15)
  3. The Underwater Mountain Odyssey (6:38)
  4. Ode To Love (6:41)
  5. Interlude (1:17)
  6. Algiers (13:37)
  7. Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles (1:48)


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