Published Nov 22, 2012Austin Peralta, a pianist and composer who released music as part of Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder stable, passed away yesterday (November 21) due to unspecified causes. He was just 22 years old.
Peralta's talent blossomed at an early age. The son of filmmaker and Z-Boys skateboarder Stacy Peralta, he toured internationally and released albums by the time he reached his mid-teens. His most recent album, the jazzy Endless Planets, came out last year.
Peralta worked with Flying Lotus and contributed to this year's Until the Quiet Comes. Following the news of Peralta's death, the beatmaker tweeted, "It kills me to type that we lost a member of our family, Austin Peralta. I don't really have the right words right now," and added, "We are very thankful to have had him in our lives! thankful that he left such beautiful music with us."
Peralta also worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jaga Jazzist, and the Cinematic Orchestra, as well as on some posthumous Sun Ra work.
Pitchfork reports that Peralta was working on a new album at the time of his death. He had performed live as recently as this week.
You can see a tribute to Peralta on the Brainfeeder site over here.