Seattle, WA (WiredPRNews.com) While recording at Martian Engineering in Cornwall, England, Kate Borkowski found herself walking into Tori Amos’ piano room for the first time, alone, with a heavy door closing behind her, and big shoes to fill. Just being in the room with the massive Bösendorfer was humbling, like gazing out at an ocean, which has a way of making people feel separate from its beauty and yet inextricably connected to it at the same time. And sitting to play that Bösendorfer, the same one upon which so many of her own favorite songs have been written and played, hearing its crystalline highs and primal low growls rumbling from notes played by her own fingers, her own hands, was all but ineffable. Kate captured her experience playing Tori’s Bösendorfer on video to share with fans via her website.
Tori Amos plays Bösendorfer pianos exclusively. She got her first Bösendorfer in early 1993, and has taken it all over the world. For over 175 years Bösendorfer has been the instrument of choice of the world’s most sought after instrumentalists; from Liszt, Brahms and Dvorak to today’s artists such as Andre Previn, Oscar Peterson, Sting, Stevie Wonder and Tori Amos.
Kate Borkowski spent the past year off and on in London, finishing her major debut album ‘Beautiful Little Fools’ with mixing engineer Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) and recorded additional vocals and piano (on Tori Amos’ Bösendorfer) at Martian Engineering (Cornwall, UK).