Zubin Kanga: Dark Twin

music of deception and mystery for piano and multimedia

Zubin Kanga

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Music of deception and mystery for piano and multimedia.

“an unforgettable evening of bold musical exploration… real and unpretentious [with] formidable technique” (Canberra Times)

London-based pianist, Zubin Kanga returns to Metropolis New Music Festival with Dark Twin. Featuring world and Australian premieres by Julian Day, Cat Hope, Michel van der Aa and Steve Reich, Dark Twin explores the potential for multiple identities, malevolent doppelgängers and mysterious landscapes in music that expands the sonic and visual capabilities of the piano.

Whether interacting with distorted and warped piano sounds, playing through an avatar, creating massive walls of sound or grooving within an invisible piano ensemble, the works toy with and subvert the concept of a ‘solo’ piano recital.

Acclaimed Australian pianist, Zubin Kanga specialises in contemporary classical music and has performed for the BBC Proms, the Aldeburgh, London 2012, Borealis and Metropolis New Music Festivals, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, and ISCM World New Music Days, as well as appearing as soloist with the London Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and for QSO’s Journey Through The Cosmos series with Professor Brian Cox.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Zubin Kanga

PROGRAM

Stefan Prins
Piano Hero (Australian premiere)

Julian Day
Dark Twin (world premiere)

Benjamin Carey
derivations

Michel van der Aa
Transit (Australian premiere)

Daniel Blinkhorn
FrostbYte: Chalk Outline (world premiere)

Cat Hope
The Fourth Estate (world premiere)

Steve Reich arr. Vincent Corver
Piano Counterpoint

ABOUT DARK TWIN

About Dark Twin

Dark Twin explores the potential for multiple identities, malevolent doppelgängers and menacing landscapes in solo piano music, through the assistance and interference of electronics, computer interaction and multimedia.

Whether interacting with distorted and warped piano sounds, playing through an avatar, creating massive walls of sound or grooving within an invisible piano ensemble, the works toy eerily with the concept of a ‘solo’ piano recital.

Michel van der Aa is currently the hottest young composer in the Netherlands. His Transit has the piano interacting with a short black and white film, exploring the confusion and paranoia of an elderly man.

In his new work, Australian composer, Julian Day’s Dark Twin pits the pianist against a pre-recorded version of his own playing that gradually becomes more distorted, with the indistinguishable electronic ‘twin’ of the pianist becoming a grotesque rival.

Perth-based composer, Cat Hope uses e-bows, radios and an animated graphic score to explore the powerful, and unrecognised forces that shape our society in The Fourth Estate.

The second half begins with Piano Hero by Belgian composer, Stefan Prins. Using a keyboard controlling a video avatar of a pianist attacking a piano frame with differently shaped blocks of wood, the work combines video-game technology with extreme piano sounds to explore the modern trend of the virtual replacing the real.

Sydney-based composer, Daniel Blinkhorn will combine a whirlwind of sounds from the piano, the electronic soundworld of glitch music and dubstep and his video and audio footage of Arctic glaciers to explore the destructive effects of climate change in Frostbyte: Chalk Outline.

Finally, Steve Reich’s Piano Counterpoint, a new arrangement of his classic work, Six Pianos, features the pianist and five virtual pianos playing Reich’s distinctive African grooves and jazz-influenced melodies.

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