Cyborg Pianist: Zubin Kanga

Saturday 22 October 2016

Music Workshop

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist and contemporary music specialist and Con alum Zubin Kanga performs Cyborg Pianist: Music at the cutting edge of innovation

Zubin Kanga, solo piano
Benjamin Carey, live electronics

Tickets –
Adult $30 | Conc $25 | Student $20

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. It features a range of leading Australian and international composers, all exploring new ways of extending the capabilities of a pianist using interactive multimedia. Patrick Nunn’s Morphosis uses 3D motion sensors attached to the pianists’ hands to shape the electronic sound in a work he describes as “Boulez meets The Matrix”.

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. Marcus Whale combines
doom metal with aerial drone footage to explore remote Australian landscapes. Damien
Ricketson pries open and submerges a piano work by Erik Satie in The Day After Drowning. Neil Luck creates a sci-fi vision of the future with mutant pianists. Adam de la Cour inserts the pianist into old hand-transplant-horror films. Finally, Kate Moore’s Bestiary is an electrified virtuoso epic, with the hands and feet of the pianist pushed to their limits.


Marcus Whale (Australia) – Frontier for piano, electronics and video (2016) (World premiere)
Damien Ricketson (Australia) – The Day after Drowning for piano and live electronics (2016) (World premiere)
Johannes Kreidler (Germany) – 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 (Canada) – Hitchcock Etudes (Australian premiere)
Patrick Nunn (UK) – Morphosis for piano, 3D sensors and live electronics (2014)
Kate Moore (Australia) – Bestiary for piano, digital pedals and live electronics (2016) (World premiere)

Zubin Kanga
London-based Australian pianist Zubin Kanga has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers and performed at major festivals throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australia including the BBC Proms (UK), Borealis Festival (Norway) and Manifeste Festival (France). A member of Ensemble Offspring, one of Australia’s leading new music ensembles, he has also performed as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Having completed a Masters and PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, London, Kanga is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nice and IRCAM in Paris.