Zubin Kanga will joining the team at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music as Associate Artist, working shoulder to shoulder Lizzy Welsh and Jessica Aszodi and Artistic Director, David Chisholm, to curate the 2018 festival.
For the first time in 3 years, I’m doing an Australian solo tour. Dark Twin features music for piano, electronics and video, with new pieces by Australian composers, Julian Day, Cat Hope and Daniel Blinkhorn and other outstanding music from leading international composers, Stefan Prins, Michel Van Der Aa, Ben Carey and Steve Reich.
May 8: Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre
May 9: Sydney Conservatorium of Music
May 22: Totally Huge New Music Festival, Art Gallery of WA (Perth)
The pieces range from working with hand-held radios, to close interaction with film, to multiplying the piano to create walls of sound, to playing through a video game-style avatar, to improvising with an ‘intelligent’ piece of software. For those of you in Sydney, I’ll also be having a little post-concert event, upstairs at the Con, to launch my new CD Piano Inside Out, featuring new works by 7 Australian composers. Hope to see you there.
Also in May
During the tour, I'll be launching my new CD, Piano Inside Out. Featuring new Australian works that explore new extended techniques on the piano, it brings together some of the highlights of my 2011 and 2012 national tours. Works by Elliott Gyger, Nicholas Vines, Daniel Rojas, David Young, Marcus Whale, Rosalind Page and Anthony Moles. There'll be a small party after the Sydney performance on 9 May to celebrate the launch, and everyone is invited! The CD will be available to order from move.com.au
On Saturday 16 May at 8pm, with Daniel Rojas I'll be playing in 'From Tango to Mambo' - two-piano concert of Latin American-influenced music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Piazzolla. We'll also premiere a brand new work Daniel has written for the two of us called 'La Gran Salsa'! We'll be performing at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith - it's a fun program so please come along!
On 31 October, I'm really excited to be premiering a new piano concerto, 'From Joyous Leaves', by Elliott Gyger (pictured with me), with the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, conducted by Tim Phillips. It’s a rare privilege to premiere a concerto, and it’s especially special to have one written by Elliott, whose music I have adored for years. The work is a tribute to his teacher, Nigel Butterley, taking all its material from Nigel's classic piano work, Uttering Joyous Leaves. It’s both incredibly beautiful (using selected prepared notes to great effect) as well being full of brilliant virtuosity across the piano and every instrument of the orchestra.
I’ll be performing it as part of 'From Sorrowing Earth', the 80th Birthday Concert for Nigel Butterley in Melbourne next week (which also includes major works by Nigel which are rarely performed). Hope you can join us or tune in on ABC Classic FM the following Wednesday.
Where: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre
120-130 Southbank Blvd, Southbank, Melbourne
When: Saturday, 31 October, 7:30 pm
Tickets: Free but book your place here
Future/Retro – Ensemble Offspring's 20th Birthday Concerts
This year marks the 10th year I've been performing with Ensemble Offspring and it also marks the ensemble's 20th Birthday. To celebrate, we're giving not one, but two concerts on the 25th October at the Sydney Conservatorium. Kicking off at 3pm is FUTURE – new work from the best next-gen composers. Then at 6pm RETRO plays some of our favourite works from the last 20 years. In between we celebrate with beer provided by boutique brewer, Willie the Boatman, wine from Robert Oatley, and some fresh Tasmanian water from Aquas. Everyone gets an anniversary tote bag with special gifts from a few of our friends.
If you want to come, you can get adult tickets at concession prices with the code: EOFRIEND. To go to one concert, that makes it $30, or to attend both, it’s $50 (plus a small booking fee). Book online at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/ensembleoffspring
On August 22, I'll be joining soprano, Jane Sheldon, to launch our new CD, Chiaroscuro, featuring works by Australian composers, Rosalind Page and Daniel Rojas, as well as works by George Crumb, Kaija Saariaho and Arnold Schoenberg. We'll also be playing Helmut Lachenmann's major work, Got Lost, a colourful and virtuosic whirlwind of new and exotic sounds.
Performers: Jane Sheldon, soprano and Zubin Kanga, piano
Where: Sydney Conservatorium, Recital Hall West
When: Saturday, 22 August, 7:30pm
Tickets: $30, $25, $20
Booking via eventbrite
CDs will be available at a discount price at a reception after the performance. Hope you can join us!
In May/JuneJuly, I had a busy period in Europe. Highlights included:
My Cheltenham Festival debut, joining percussionist, Joby Burgess and pianist, Rick Uttley for the premiere of Rolf Hind's Tiger's Nest for percussion, two pianos and gamelan ensemble (pictured) (read the review).
At IRCAM in Paris, I organised a conference as part of the Manifeste Festival, focussing on innovations in music and gesture. Videos of all the presentations can be found at the IRCAM archive. http://medias.ircam.fr/x500cd5
A panel discussion with conductor, Kelly Lovelady and Lyell Cresswell at the Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London (read my wrap up here). http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/expat-musicians-meet-at-australia-nz-festival-of-literature-and-arts-in-london
A CD launch for Orfordness, featuring the works of British composer, David Gorton. The CD (including a solo piano work and a piano quintet) is available from the Metier website. http://www.divine-art.co.uk/CD/28550info.htm
A great review by composer, Gordon Kerry, of my previous CD, Piano Inside Out.