Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano at the age of five. There’s one major distinction, however, that separates her from other similarly studied musicians. That is Holly’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. Bowling’s first release, Distillation of a Dream: The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano, is out now on RPF.
This 2-CD set features 15 songs, three of which were transcribed from live renditions, including the initial 7/31/13 “Tweezer” that was the impetus for it all. Holly’s breathtaking interpretations of Phish classics like “My Friend, My Friend,” “The Squirming Coil” and “Harry Hood” are paired with deeper cuts like “Talk,” “Sleep” and “The Inlaw Josie Wales.” The recordings serve not only as a tribute to the modern day kings of jam, but stand on their own as fully developed classical pieces.