Piano Ex Machina is a major new commissioning and touring project, featuring 5 new works by leading Australian composers innovating new approaches to combining a live performer with new technologies.
Building on his groundbreaking ‘Dark Twin’ (2015) and ‘Cyborg Pianist’ (2016) international tours, Zubin Kanga’s latest and most ambitous project, Piano Ex Machina, combines cutting edge multimedia technology and piano virtuosity, exploring screen cultures such as film, TV, gaming and internet culture in a mind-blowing hybrid of music and tech.
Computers learn and develop into AI improvising partners, computer game-like control creates funky rhythms out of everyday sounds, a wild improvisation takes flight with the aid of a 3D sensor attached to my hand, stop motion animation creates a quirky tableau, film and music combine in intricate and unexpected ways and a piece is composed by the internet.
With performances planned in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane, as well as performances at major festivals and venues in the UK, Germany and Norway, Piano Ex Machina will showcase innovative Australian music on the international stage.
The project features 5 major cutting-edge works by Australian composers
Jon Rose – Ballast, a virtuosic whirlwind of sound with a 3D hand sensor.
Tristan Coelho – City Sound, combining film of hands building and breaking everyday objects in a funky, video game-inspired work.
Kate Neal – Novel Piano, a collaboration with stop-motion animator Sal Cooper to create whimsical work about building a piano from books.
Ben Carey – Taking the Auspices, using AI and 3D scans of objects to create a sophisticated live sound and video interaction with the piano, inspired by the flocking of starlings
Zubin Kanga – Liminal Bodies, using film to explore the bodies and identities of LGBT artists.
Stretch Goals: If the target is exceeded, the funds will go towards two big international commissions: by Michael Finnissy (UK) about queer pianists and by Nicole Lizée (Canada) about the films of Martin Scorsese.
Help Make It Happen
I am raising $10,000 in donations to cover the costs of the project, including:
• Commission fees for the 5 Australian composers
• Performance and touring costs for me and electronics performer, Ben Carey
• Equipment including motion-sensors, microphones and software
How your donation goes twice as far
One other thing: because I’ve been selected to be part of Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH Lab program, every dollar donated will be matched by the federal government. It’s a rare opportunity to double the donations, so your dollar goes twice as far!
Your donation will also be tax-deductible
Although I’ve raised some funds, I need your help to make it a reality.
– All donors will become part of my donors’ circle, receiving exclusive newsletters and updates.
Contact Zubin on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.