Holly Bowling to Perform Solo Phish Renditions at Saint Rose

Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling will perform her re-imagined Phish songs for the Capital District.

The event will take place at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The two-and-a-half-hour show will start at 7:30 p.m., with tickets costing between $10-$20.

Bowling began playing piano when she was 5 years old. Holly has attended more than 300 Phish shows and became obsessed by their famous July 2013 rendition of “Tweezer” from Lake Tahoe. This event possessed Holly to transcribe the 37-minute improvisational masterpiece into a solo piano arrangement.

Even though the process is painstaking, Holly’s inspiration to transform other Phish songs, along with well-known live jams, into solo piano interpretations has left her feeling fulfilled.

These events eventually helped lead Bowling to her debut album, Distillation Of A Dream: The Music Of Phish Reimagined For Solo Piano, which is a two-disc set that features 15 tracks. Three of those songs were transcribed from live renditions, including the Tahoe “Tweezer.”

Bowling’s arrangements are not just tributes to the modern day kings of jam, but are considered as fully developed classical pieces.