Piano Inside Out (Move Records)
Zubin Kanga, solo piano
Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist, Zubin Kanga releases his first CD with Move Records, Piano Inside Out. It features new innovative solo piano works by Australian composers, commissioned by Kanga and created in close collaboration with him over several years.
Features works by Elliott Gyger, Nicholas Vines, Daniel Rojas, David Young, Marcus Whale, Rosalind Page and Anthony Moles, with all the composers exploring new techniques on and inside the piano. Piano Inside Out was nominated for Best Classical Album at the 2015 Australian Independent Music Awards.
“There's not a dud moment in these high-quality additions to the modern piano repertoire. Kanga's playing is characteristically sophisticated and commanding, and the exquisite quality of the recording is also noteworthy - not a hint of harsh brightness, but rather a deep, warm texture characterised by overtones and resonances roaming freely in a lush sonic landscape. Piano Inside Out is a beautiful recording, rich of layers and nuance.” – Lisa MacKinney, Limelight Magazine
Not Music Yet (Hospital Hill Recordings)
Zubin Kanga, solo piano
In his first release for Hospital Hill, internationally acclaimed pianist, Zubin Kanga performs Not Music Yet for solo piano, a watercolour graphic score by leading Australian composer, David Young. Composed for Kanga in 2012, the work is featured on this disc in two versions, a 42-minute epic and a 7-minute miniature.
After making precise measurements of the watercolour score to calculate the timings and pitches of its features, Kanga created a unique, personal realisation. He draws on his considerable toolbox of extended techniques to interpret the three colours as three contrasting tableaux ranging from reflective intimacy to nervous chattering, to joyous brilliance to seemingly electronic immense walls of sound. Recorded with incredible detail on a 102-key Stuart & Sons piano, Not Music Yet demonstrates the extraordinary variety of sounds that a single performer can draw from a piano.
“Kanga plays with authority, and arrays a rich palette of sonic colours... sheer listening pleasure.” -– Alistair Noble, The Music Trust
ORFORDNESS: MUSIC BY DAVID GORTON (MÉTIER)
ZUBIN KANGA (PIANO), NEIL HEYDE (CELLO), CHRISTOPHER REDGATE (OBOE), MILTON MERMIKIDES (ELECTRONICS), KREUTZER QUARTET
David Gorton, Associate Head of Research Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, is a composer unafraid to use 'straight' instrumentation, electronics and also collage techniques to express himself. A sequel to Gorton's excellent ‘Trajectories’, this album has four extended works each very different, from the eerily descriptive 'Orfordness' (piano solo with taped USAF messages about a UFO sighting) to the 2nd Cello Sonata, the oboe showpiece 'Austerity Measures II' and another location-based work 'Fosdyke Wash'. Top soloists include Christopher Redgate, Neil Heyde and the Kreutzer Quartet and we welcome exciting Australian pianist Zubin Kanga.
Gorton's music may be modern but it is never abstract, always communicating about people and places.
“Gorton makes no concessions to his performers — not that those heard here require any 'easy options' when it comes to realising such intricate and exacting pieces. Excellent sound and detailed notes also complement the interpretative conviction needed for this unequivocal music.” Richard Whitehouse (Gramophone)
“David Gorton's program is wild, mysterious, paranoid, dense, difficult, and rarely understated or straight-forward.” – Kraig Lamper (American Record Guide)
CHIAROSCURO (PHOSPHOR RECORDS)
JANE SHELDON, SOPRANO AND ZUBIN KANGA, PIANO
Soprano, Jane Sheldon and pianist, Zubin Kanga perform modern works for voice and piano. The album features works by George Crumb, Kaija Saariaho, Arnold Schoenberg, and new works by Australian composers Rosalind Page and Daniel Rojas, all exploring themes of love and death. It was recorded with a beautiful piano made in Australia by Stuart & Sons.
“Within seconds an atmosphere of calm envelops the listener to the sublime performances on this album.” – Vincent Plush in the Australian.
“Chiaroscuro is an album that takes art song into the future” – Shamistha de Soysa in SoundslikeSydney.
“Sheldon and Kanga acquit themselves wonderfully, displaying Sheldon’s technical assuredness and Kanga’s artistry at projecting immensely complex music without ever upstaging or drowning out the voice.” – CD review of Chiaroscuro, Gordon Kerry, The Music Trust, 2015
MORPHOSIS (RED SOCK RECORDS)
FEATURING ZUBIN KANGA, PIANO AND VARIOUS SOLOISTS
This CD showcases a selection of solo and duo works written between 1998 and 2015. Spanning seventeen years of creative development, the works represent a clear distillation of musical thought that aims to express musical ideas as evolutionary objects along a temporal trajectory. It features Morphosis for piano, 3D sensors and live electronics, commissioned by Zubin Kanga.