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WAAPA presents Two Concerts from Zubin Kanga Cyborg Pianist

Thursday, 29 September 2016


The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Jackman Furness Foundation for The Performing Arts present internationally acclaimed Australian pianist and contemporary music specialist Zubin Kanga to perform two very special concerts at WAAPA/ECU next week.

Following his acclaimed 2015 DARK TWIN tour, award-winning London- based Australian pianist and contemporary music specialist Zubin Kanga returns in a program of newly commissioned works for piano and multimedia by some of the hottest composers from Australia and around the world.

“Kanga is an equally exciting pianist, effortlessly virtuosic and in complete command of this (quite literally) electrifying modern repertoire.” - LIMELIGHT Magazine

Cyborg Pianist showcases music at the cutting edge of innovation, extending the body of the pianist to do the seemingly impossible, via a vast range of new technologies.

It features a range of leading Australian and international composers, all exploring new ways of extending the capabilities of a pianist using interactive multimedia. Patrick Nunn’s Morphosis uses 3D motion sensors attached to the pianists’ hands to shape the electronic sound in a work he describes as “Boulez meets The Matrix”.

Johannes Kreidler assembles videos of the pianist to create an orchestra of doppelgangers. Nicole Lizée tunnels into key moments in Alfred Hitchcock's classic films, drawing on DJ techniques to create a series of dreamlike and obsessive studies. Marcus Whale combines doom metal with aerial drone footage to explore remote Australian landscapes. Damien Ricketson pries open and submerges a piano work by Erik Satie in The Day After Drowning. Neil Luck creates a sci-fi vision of the future with mutant pianists. Adam de la Cour inserts the pianist into old hand-transplant-horror films. Finally, Kate Moore’s Bestiary is an electrified virtuoso epic, with the hands and feet of the pianist pushed to their limits.

About Zubin Kanga

Zubin has performed at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, Cheltenham Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Borealis Festival (Norway), Manifeste Festival (France), Sydney Festival, TURA Totally Huge New Music Festival, Metropolis New Music
Festival, BIFEM and ISCM World New Music Days, as well as appearing as soloist with the London Sinfonietta and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

A specialist in contemporary classical music, he has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including Thomas Adès, Michael Finnissy, George Benjamin, Steve Reich, Beat Furrer, Ross Edwards, Nigel Butterley, and Elliott Gyger and premiered more than 60 works. He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, winner of a 2016 Art Music Award for

'Excellence by an Organisation', and has also performed with the Bang-on-a-Can Allstars, Ensemble Plus-Minus, Endymion Ensemble, the Kreutzer Quartet, Halcyon and Synergy Percussion, as well as performing piano duos with Rolf Hind and Thomas Adès.

Zubin was the winner of the 2012 APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’, the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship and the Limelight Award for Best Newcomer in 2010. His recent recordings include Not Music Yet (Hospital Hill Recordings), Orfordness (Metier) and Piano Inside Out (Move Records), which was nominated for Best Classical Album at the Australian Independent Music Awards.

Zubin is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nice and IRCAM, Paris as well as Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he completed his PhD. His research on new approaches to performer-technology interactions is published widely.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Zubin Kanaga and Zubin Kanga and Decibel in Concert performance web pages.


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