Composer-in-residence project at the Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway
Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

Composer-in-residence project at the Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway

Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence Showcase

After the inaugural residency taking place in 2016, we are pleased to showcase the newest cohort of the Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence Programme, presenting new music inspired by our beautiful Picture Gallery and its collection. Curated by composer/conductor Nathan James Dearden and College Curator Laura MacCulloch, we are also pleased to announce that the three successful applicants for this programme will have the opportunity to write new music for our Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and acclaimed pianist, Zubin Kanga.
 

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Zubin Kanga and Jane Sheldon, Live@Peggy's
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Zubin Kanga and Jane Sheldon, Live@Peggy's

On Monday, October 16th at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Sydney, I'll be performing with my longtime collaborator, soprano Jane Sheldon.

We’ll be performing music exploring extended techniques and new types of virtuosity, with music by Chaya Czernowin and Helmut Lachenmann and also works that we're each composing for the set. The performance will be followed by a chat with Stephen Adams for ABC Classic FM.

Evenings@Peggy's begin promptly at 7pm (doors open at 6.30, so plan to arrive early for a chat and a drink) and finish by 9pm. To book a place and for further details, reply to this email – it’s free but places are very limited.

Address: 45 Ormond St, Paddington
Booking: Reply to this email to book a place. Admission is free but booking is essential. 
Date/Time: 16 October, 7pm

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Dream Sequence
Oct
15
5:00 PM17:00

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Dream Sequence

Dream Sequence
The SSO at Carriageworks

Artist in Residence Brett Dean returns to conduct the second program in our contemporary Carriageworks series for 2017.

At the heart of this concert is Brett Dean's Dream Sequence for large ensemble – a magical work that follows a surreal journey from the sensations of drowsiness and the sometimes alarming workings of the subconscious to final awakening. Dean has also invited Finnish-born improvising-violinist and composer Erkki Veltheim and sonic artist James Hullick to write cutting-edge new works especially for the series. Completing the program are two works with mystic-spiritual overtones: Liza Lim's meditation on a fragment of a Sufi melody and Đuro Živković's ethereal "instrumental cantata" inspired by Bach and the "love of the beautiful".

Zubin Kanga was featured in Zivkovic's On the Guarding of the Heart. 

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Ensemble Offspring: Who Dreamed It?
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Ensemble Offspring: Who Dreamed It?

Dreams, fairytales and fate are the inspiration behind a phantasmagoric concert that might be the soundtrack of a sleeping mind. With US-based Australian soprano Jessica Aszodi showcased at its centre, this suite of surprising and beguiling works will lead the listener down the unmapped byways of the imagination.

Step into the enchanted worlds of Unsuk Chin’s classic 7-part ensemble work Acrostic-Wordplay, an inventive recasting of seven fairytale scenes featuring a weird and wonderful array of instruments including mandolin, harp, antique cymbals and marimba. Be caught up in London-based Australian composer Lisa Illean’s dream-inspired international co-commission Cantor, and bewitched by Irish performer and composer Jennifer Walshe’s wildly irreverent Everything you own has been taken to a depot somewhere. Also featuring new work by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Anahita Abbasi, Who Dreamed It? will reawaken your senses to the magic of music that knows no boundaries.

PROGRAM

Unsuk Chin – Akrostichon-Wortspiel
Lisa Illean – Cantor (WP)
Jennifer Walshe – Everything you own has been taken to a depot somewhere
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh – new work (WP)
Anahita Abbasi – new work (WP)

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Marsyas Trio at Three Choirs Festival, Worcester
Jul
26
11:00 AM11:00

Marsyas Trio at Three Choirs Festival, Worcester

Echoes of a Distant Land


Franz Joseph Haydn - Trio No. 30 in F major Hob. XV:17
Franz Joseph Haydn - Welsh Songs, for voice & piano trio
Hilary Tann - Llef, for flute & cello
Maurice Ravel - Chansons madécasses, for voice, flute, cello, piano
Hilary Tann In the Theatre of Air (2016 commission by the Marsyas Trio)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Welsh Songs, WoO 155, for voice & piano trio

This programme features works for chamber trio and voice spanning three centuries to the present day, alongside a newly commissioned work by the Welsh composer Hilary Tann. As part of an 18th-century movement to collect folk songs, the best composers of the day were called upon. Haydn was the first ‘continental’ composer to be commissioned for these folk song collections. He wrote over 400 folk song arrangements, 60 of which are settings of Welsh airs. In this case, the poetry was commissioned after the music was composed. Beethoven wrote more for the combination of voice and trio than any other – 179 pieces, almost all of which are in English. Beethoven never visited the British Isles and because of the Napoleonic wars, his manuscripts had to be smuggled in. Ravel’s Madagascan songs touch upon the senses with their raw beauty. Commissioned to write works reflective of countries they had never visited, Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel aptly capture the spirit of those distant lands in these rarely heard vocal works, whilst Hilary Tann’s music remains deeply connected to her native Wales from her current residence in the United States. A close connection with poetry permeates throughout the programme.

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Music of Mystery and Melancholy: Solo Recital at St John's Smith Square
Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

Music of Mystery and Melancholy: Solo Recital at St John's Smith Square

Mystery and Melancholy: Ancient and Contemporary keyboard works by English composers

Zubin Kanga, piano

Dowland – Melancholy Galliard

Thomas Adès – Darknesse Visible

Gibbons – ‘Lord of Salisbury’

David Gorton/Giles Farnaby – Farnaby’s Maske (world premiere)

Purcell – Ground

Michael Finnissy – Z/K

Byrd – Pavan

Morgan Hayes – Pavan and Galliard (world premiere)

Locke – Prelude, Sarabande and Jig

Adam de la Cour – The Virginal Grimoire (world premiere)

Bull – Fantasia

George Benjamin – Shadowlines

Pianist, Zubin Kanga performs English music for the keyboard separated by three centuries: works by great composers of the Elizabethan age alongside works by contemporary English composers who have been inspired by music of past eras.

Works for lute, virginal and harpsichord by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, John Bull and Matthew Locke and are here transcribed and arranged for the piano. Many living composers draw on the music of earlier centuries: Thomas Adès scatters Dowland across the keyboard in Darknesse Visible, David Gorton imagines discovering a missing work by Giles Farnaby, Morgan Hayes creates a mashup of 17th-century styles, Michael Finnissy draws his inspiration from the earliest experiments with the symphony, Adam de la Cour enacts an ancient magic ritual, and George Benjamin takes the traditional form of the canon and uses it to explore extremes of expression and virtuosity.

 

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840: New Music for Solo Piano at Waterloo Festival
Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

840: New Music for Solo Piano at Waterloo Festival

The Waterloo Festival welcomes experimental music concert series 840, presenting a programme of piano music performed by Australian pianist, Zubin Kanga. 

Four pieces will receive their premières and two will be performed in the UK for the first time. We are proud to première “No.1 2016” by Tim Parkinson, a leading experimental composer whose music has been performed by the ensembles such as Apartment House and London Sinfonietta. “hunt in the forest of ros” by Andrew Hamilton, an Irish composer whose music has been performed at many international festivals including Gaudeamus and HCMF, will be premièred in the UK. 

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PROGRAMME

Laurence Crane – 20th Century Music
Andrew Hamilton – hunt in the forest of ros
Bryn Harrison – Piano Set (Six Miniatures) 
Zubin Kanga – Studies in Portraiture
Kate Moore – Stories for Ocean Shells
Alex Nikiporenko – I Love Nature And Everything Around Me
Tim Parkinson – 2016 No. 1
Nicholas Peters – Cube
Sergei Zagny – Pieces No. 2 & 3

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Zubin Kanga is a renowned pianist who has collaborated with composers such as George Benjamin, Michael Finnssy and Steve Reich and has commissioned more than 80 new works. He has performed at the BBC Proms, London Contemporary Music Festival, Melbourne Festival (Australia), Borealis Festival (Norway) and many others.

840 is a London-based concert series committed to championing new experimental and minimal music, each concert focusing on a particular chamber instrumentation. 

The concert is kindly supported by the Arts Council England, Hinrichsen Foundation and the RVW Trust.

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Time: 7.00pm
Venue: St John’s Waterloo
Tickets: £12/£8

http://eightforty.co.uk/events/170617/

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The Cyborg Hand at City University
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Cyborg Hand at City University

The Cyborg Hand

Zubin Kanga, piano

Ruaidhri Mannion, multimedia

 

In The Cyborg Hand, pianist, Zubin Kanga presents new works by British, Australian, German and Canadian composers that extend and subvert the body of the performer using immersive multimedia. Drawing on tropes from sci-fi and horror, the recital features motion sensors, warped Ravel, doppelganger pianists, deformed Hitchcock films, drowning pianos, glitch, mutant hands, and retro synth sounds.

Program

Neil Luck (UK) – 2018 (2016) for piano, video and electronics (London premiere)

Damien Ricketson (Australia) – The Day after Drowning (2016) for piano and live electronics (UK premiere)

Johannes Kreidler (Germany) – Study for piano, audio and video playback (2011) (London premiere)

Ruaidhri Mannion (UK) – New Work (world premiere)

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

Nicole Lizée (Canada) – Hitchcock Études (2011) for piano, electronics and video (UK premiere)

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

Kate Moore (Australia) – Bestiary (2016) for piano and electronics (UK premiere)

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Marsyas Trio at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Marsyas Trio at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

Ewenny Priory, nr Bridgend

Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm

Program:

Cecilia McDowall Not just a place - Dark memories from an old tango hall 7'

Judith Weir Several Concertos 15'

Hilary Tann In the Theatre of Air World premiere 10'

Chen Yi Night Thoughts 10'

Steph Power and ante World premiere 15'

Elisenda Fábregas Voices of the Rainforest (excerpt) 4'

Six works for flute, cello and piano by six women composers.  Whilst each has a unique musical voice, they are bound together by a strong sense of place – encompassing a Buenos Aires dance hall, the rain forests of Papua New Guinea, the Chinese countryside at night and the landscape of Wales

http://valeofglamorganfestival.org.uk/concerts/marsyas-trio/

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The Cyborg Hand (Berlin)
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Cyborg Hand (Berlin)

Cyborg Pianist, presented by Unerhörte Musik, Berlin 

In The Cyborg Hand, acclaimed new music pianist, Zubin Kanga presents new works by British, Australian, German and Canadian composers that extend and subvert the body of the performer using immersive multimedia. Drawing on tropes from sci-fi and horror, the recital features motion sensors, aerial drone footage, doppelganger pianists, deformed Hitchcock films, drowning pianos, glitch, mutant hands, doom metal and retro synth sounds.

Program

Marcus Whale (Australia) – Frontier (2016) for piano, electronics and video (German premiere)

Damien Ricketson (Australia) – The Day after Drowning (2016) for piano and live electronics (German premiere)

Johannes Kreidler (Germany) – Study for piano, audio and video playback (2011)

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

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

Nicole Lizée (Canada) – Hitchcock Études (2011) for piano, electronics and video (German premiere)

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

Kate Moore (Australia) – Bestiary (2016) for piano, digital pedals and live electronics (German premiere)

 

 

 

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Herz Cycle (portrait concert of Kate Moore) at the Orgelpark, Amsterdam
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Herz Cycle (portrait concert of Kate Moore) at the Orgelpark, Amsterdam

Zubin Kanga performs a new version of Bestiary by Kate Moore as well as her major ensemble work, The Dam as part of this portrait concert 

MUSICI
Lies Beijerinck, didgeridoo
Aart Strootman, gitaar
Joe Puglia, viool
Meiyi Lee, percussie
Michaela Riener, stem
Geerten van de Wetering, orgel
Zubin Kanga, piano
Stolz Trio
   Marieke Schut, Engelse hoorn
   Jellantsje de Vries, (alt)viool
   Lidy Blijdorp, cello


PROGRAMMA
Componiste Kate Moore houdt zich intensief bezig met ‘story telling’. Met een programma getiteld Herz Cycle presenteert zij haar ‘episch geluidsverhaal’. 

Foyer om 20u00
Kate Moore (1979)
- Tangible

Zaal om 20u15
Kate Moore
- Herz Cycle
- The Open Road
PAUZE
- Synaesthesia Suite
- Bestiary
- The Dam 

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Ensemble in Process: Americuration (London)
May
15
8:00 PM20:00

Ensemble in Process: Americuration (London)

Ensemble in Process: Americuration

With Zubin KangaMarsyas TrioJonathan RussellSeth Bedford & Maria Fiore Mazzarini
Mon 15 May; Doors – 7:30PM, Music – 8PM
Tickets – £10 / £8 Concessions BUY TICKETS

Formed as a small chamber ensemble at Nonclassical’s annual Battle of the Bands Competition in January of 2016, Ensemble in Process is a unique project dedicated to innovative programming and global networking. Run by artistic director Brian Mark, its goal is to focus on programming cutting edge works by composers who have no untapped resources in the UK, whether they are based in the United States, mainland Europe or countries from other continents.

Emerging and established American composers have been programmed for Ensemble in Process’s debut concert at IKLECTIK on 15 May 2017, featuring Zubin Kanga, Jon Russell and members from the Marsyas Trio.

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Canberra Festival (29 April – 7 May)
Apr
29
to May 7

Canberra Festival (29 April – 7 May)

Performing at Canberra Festival with Ensemble Offspring 

PROGRAM

BLINKY BILL – THE KOALA REVOLUTION!
Dorothy Wall’s The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill has not been out of print since its first publication in 1933. Mr Tim and Ensemble Offspring bring this children’s classic to life as a musical tale featuring an all-Australian score by Boyd, Edwards, Grainger, Pollard, Sculthorpe and Hindson. For little possums (and their koalas) aged 3-8.

HALF THE SKY – THE SOUND OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION
“Women hold up half the sky” refers to an ancient Chinese proverb made famous by Mao Zedong. Award-winning Ensemble Offspring crashes through the glass ceiling withan all-female composer event, featuring music by 2017’s Composer-in-Residence Chen Yi, Kaija Saariaho, Mary Finsterer and others.

THE HARVEST OF ENDURANCE
The Harvest of Endurance is a 50-metre scroll held by the NMA since 1992. Painted in the traditional gong bi style, its 18 panels depict survival and resourcefulness across two centuries of Chinese settlement in Australia. This occasion marks a unique opportunity to view the scroll and hear 18 compositions especially composed, with narration by William Yang. Featuring works by Australian composers Robert Davidson, Anne Boyd, Larry Sitsky, Kim Cunio, Carolyn Szeto and more.

Photo credit (above): Heidrun Lohr

PERFORMANCES

BLINKY BILL

Sunday April 30th 2017, 9:30am National Library of Australia, Parkes ACT

Two fifty minute sessions at 9:30am and repeated at 11am

HALF THE SKY

Wednesday May 3rd 2017, 2:00-4:15pm National Library of Australia, Parkes ACT

135 minute site-specific event, including forum

HARVEST OF ENDURANCE

Thursday May 4th 2017, 6:30-7:50pm National Museum of Australia, 1Lawson Crescent Acton, ACT

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Cyborg Pianist (Brisbane)
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Cyborg Pianist (Brisbane)

Cyborg Pianist at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music


In Cyborg Pianist, new music pianist, Zubin Kanga presents new works by British, Australian, German and Canadian composers that extend and subvert the body of the performer using immersive multimedia. Drawing on tropes from sci-fi and horror, the recital features motion sensors, aerial drone footage, doppelganger pianists, deformed Hitchcock films, drowning pianos, glitch, mutant hands, doom metal and retro synth sounds. 

Bookings: http://queenslandconservatorium.com.au/

Program

Marcus Whale (Australia) – Frontier (2016) for piano, electronics and video
Damien Ricketson (Australia) – The Day after Drowning (2016) for piano and live electronics
Johannes Kreidler (Germany) – Study for piano, audio and video playback (2011) 
Neil Luck (UK) – 2018 (2016) for piano and electronics
Adam de la Cour (UK) – Transplant the Movie! (2016) for piano, electronics and video
Nicole Lizée (Canada) – Hitchcock Études (2011) for piano, electronics and video
Patrick Nunn (UK) – Morphosis (2014) for piano, 3D sensors and live electronics
Kate Moore (Australia) – Bestiary (2016) for piano and electronics

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Sizzle
Apr
23
2:00 PM14:00

Sizzle

Sizzle is contemporary classical music at the local bowlo. Now in it’s seventh year, Sizzle has become a fixture in the Inner West arts calendar.

With the usual mix of art-meets-popular culture-meets-family fun, this year promises an all female composer line-up; special guest artists and jazz super-collective, Sirens Big Band; an interactive music installation for contrabass clarinet and ping pong balls by Melbourne-based Aviva Endean; and an eco-friendly instrument-building workshop with a twist for all ages by Liz Jigalin. Add a dash of chaos for good measure! It’s free and family-friendly as usual.

Photo credit (above): Richard Hedger

PERFORMANCES

23 APRIL3:00-5:30pm Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney

PROGRAM

PART 1 – INTERACTIVE GARDENS
Elizabeth Jigalin – Your Ears are Appreciated WP [outdoor interactive instrument building workshop & performance] * presented in association with Reverse Garbage
Aviva Endean – Ping Pong Pop WP [a game piece for spinning contrabass clarinet and ping pong balls] (downstairs on rotation during MainStage performance breaks)

PART 2 – SIRENS BIG BAND + ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING

Ellen Kirkwood – Wonder and Malignance/Rising Tide/Arrived WP 25’

PART 3 – ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING & VERONIQUE SERRET (6 String Electric Violin) 

Holly Harrison – Vibe Rant 6′ (flute/piccolo, bass clarinet, vibraphone)
Pauline Oliveros – Wind Horse 5’ (percussion, clarinet, flute)
Bree van Reyk – Light for the first time WP 9′ (keyboard, flute, clarinet, vibraphone, violin)
Ivana Radovanovic – October Morning 7’ (electric violin solo)
Sarah Kirkland-Snider – Pale as Centuries 6’ (keyboard, flute, vibraphone, double bass, clarinet)

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Ensemble Offspring: Arc Electric (Melbourne)
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ensemble Offspring: Arc Electric (Melbourne)

Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse and intriguing as birdcalls and honeybees, horizontality and Renaissance paintings, this is a concert to change the way you think about music.

Hear why Australian composer Liza Lim and acclaimed expats Kate Moore and Melody Eötvös have earned enviable reputations upon the international stage, and discover for yourself the impressive powers of emerging talent Cassie To. Add to this an undisputed classic from Finland’s Kaija Saariaho and the Australian premiere of a work by Estonia’s Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and you’ll find a global perspective on the state of music today unfolding in your very own backyard.

PROGRAM

Kate Moore – Velvet
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes – Horizontals
Liza Lim – Turning Dance of the Bee (AP)
Melody Eötvös – Tardigradus (WP)
Cassie To – Avialae
Kaija Saariaho – Cendres

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Ensemble Offspring: Arc Electric (Sydney)
Feb
5
5:30 PM17:30

Ensemble Offspring: Arc Electric (Sydney)

Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse and intriguing as birdcalls and honeybees, horizontality and Renaissance paintings, this is a concert to change the way you think about music.

Hear why Australian composer Liza Lim and acclaimed expats Kate Moore and Melody Eötvös have earned enviable reputations upon the international stage, and discover for yourself the impressive powers of emerging talent Cassie To. Add to this an undisputed classic from Finland’s Kaija Saariaho and the Australian premiere of a work by Estonia’s Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and you’ll find a global perspective on the state of music today unfolding in your very own backyard.

PROGRAM

Kate Moore – Velvet
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes – Horizontals
Liza Lim – Turning Dance of the Bee (AP)
Melody Eötvös – Tardigradus (WP)
Cassie To – Avialae
Kaija Saariaho – Cendres

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Mozart vs Machine
Feb
4
7:30 PM19:30

Mozart vs Machine

MOZART VS MACHINE

An electronic essay collage opera mashing-up Mozart, electronic sound and video. 

03 FEB 17, 7PM

Folkestone Quarterhouse, Profound Sound - presented by Folkestone Fringe

Mozart vs Machine is a high-octane mash-up of Mozart opera, electronic sound and video projection, bringing some of history’s most iconic artists together in a theatrical sci-fi-gameshow encounter. 

Alone in his Manhattan research laboratory, Raymond Scott, the father of electronic music, is developing a machine to generate random musical patterns. When one of his devices accidentally tears a hole in the universe it distorts time and brings him face to face with classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

What follows is a fantastical journey through ideas of art and ownership, time and music shaken up through unexpected directions and random chance, culminating in a surreal, vaudevillian show trial. All with a little help from film-pioneer Georges Méliès, Lewis Carroll’s logic games, and composers John Cage and J S Bach.

In Mozart vs Machine, composer Dominic Robertson (the artist formerly known as Ergo Phizmiz) pieces together ideas and notes from across history into an irreverent collage of music and theatre that blurs the boundaries of opera and performance art. Think you know Mozart? Think again…

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