Zubin Kanga - Cyborg Pianist

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Music at the cutting edge of innovation

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 by some of the hottest composers from Australia and the UK.

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. Patrick Nunn’s Morphosis uses 3D motion sensors attached to the pianists’ hands to shape the electronic sound in a work described as ‘Boulez meets The Matrix’. Marcus Whale combines his experience in the electronic dance music world with aerial drone footage to explore remote Australian landscapes. Neil Luck creates a sci-fi vision of a future full of mutant pianists. 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, while Adam de la Cour inserts the pianist into vintage hand-transplant horror films. Damien Ricketson pries open and submerges a piano work by Erik Satie in The Day After Drowning, while Kate Moore’s Bestiary is an electrified virtuoso epic, with the hands and feet of the pianist pushed to their absolute limits.

Zubin has performed for the BBC Proms, the Aldeburgh, London 2012 and Southbank Messiaen Festivals, Sydney Opera House, 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. Collaborating with many of the world’s leading composers, Zubin is 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.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with Melbourne Festival


Cyborg Pianist

Marcus Whale (AUS)
Frontier for piano, electronics and video (2016) (World premiere)

Damien Ricketson (AUS)
The Day after Drowning for piano and live electronics (2016) (World premiere)

Johannes Kreidler (GER)
Study for piano, electronics and video (2011) (Australian premiere)

Neil Luck (UK)
2018 for piano and electronics (2016) (Australian premiere)

Adam de la Cour (UK)
Transplant the Movie! for piano, electronics and video (2016) (Australian premiere)

Nicole Lizée (CAN)
Hitchcock Etudes (Australian premiere)

Patrick Nunn (UK)
Morphosis for piano, 3D sensors and live electronics (2014)

Kate Moore (AUS)
Bestiary for piano, digital pedals and live electronics (2016) (World premiere)


Going where many other pianists fear to tread, Kanga has cemented a reputation as the country’s preeminent exponent of contemporary repertoire.

It’s rare that music, regardless of genre, has the ability to truly astound. Zubin Kanga’s album, Piano Inside Out, does.

Kanga is an exciting pianist, effortlessly virtuosic and in complete command of this (quite literally) electrifying modern repertoire.

An unforgettable evening of bold musical exploration… real and unpretentious [with] formidable technique.