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Piano inside out


Piano inside out / Zubin Kanga.

  • Published by Move Records — May, 2015 [MD3391] — 1 CD (70 min.)
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  • Library Availability: CD 2651 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
...out of obscurity (2011) for extended piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studios, Melbourne
Elliott Gyger Zubin Kanga 11 mins, 30 sec.
Being and time II: Tabula rasa (2012) for piano and dice
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studios, Melbourne
Rosà Lind Page Zubin Kanga 8 mins, 45 sec.
Entre bajos y alturas (2011) (Between basses and heights)
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studios, Melbourne
Daniel Rojas Zubin Kanga 10 mins, 25 sec.
Uncanny Valley (2011) Variations and Theme for pianoforte
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studios, Melbourne
Nicholas Vines Zubin Kanga 17 mins, 12 sec.
Not music yet (2012) — solo piano
Recorded/performed at: Move Records studios, Melbourne
David Young Zubin Kanga 7 mins, 22 sec.

Also includes: Errata / Marcus Whale -- Diabolic machines / Anthony Moles.

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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.

All the works explore new approaches to the instrument, and many invent new techniques and push the boundaries of virtuosity using piano preparation and extended techniques.

Elliott Gyger's …out of obscurity opens with a mercurial two-part invention, cycling through different pairings of unusual techniques. Plucking, strumming and muting of strings and prepared sounds in the bass are mixed in a variety of combinations. In the second half, the counterpoint breaks apart and the sonic and expressive potential of each techniques is explored.

Nicholas Vines' Uncanny Valley is a wild, colourful and virtuosic work, exploring the differing reactions we have to different types of almost-human figures: robots, puppets and even zombies.

Daniels Rojas' Entre Bajos y Alturas ("Between Basses and Heights") takes the influences of several Latin American traditions: Tango, Salsa and indigenous Peruvian music and reinterprets them using a prepared piano, combining rhythmic complexity with Afro-Cuban grooves in a strikingly original and virtuosic manner.

David Young's Not Music Yet is composed as watercolour graphic score that Kanga interprets using all his resources in and around the piano: playing the black sections using percussive and muted sounds, the white sections on the keyboard and the blue sections inside the piano on the strings.

Marcus Whale's Errata explores minimal/mechanistic textures that expand across the keyboard before reaching a point of stasis, accompanied by the eerie sounds of e-bows (electromagnets on the strings).

Rosalind Page's Being and Time II: Tabula Rasa takes inspiration from the painting Tabula Rasa by Imants Tillers, translating its multiple layers and influences into a mix of new sounds inside the piano, Baroque-inspired counterpoint and intimate, introspective melodies. Like Tillers' painting, Page's work is an expressive and multilayered exploration of memory, family, homeland and belonging.

Anthony Moles' Diabolic Machines is a minimalist toccata, full of mechanistic drive and virtuosic flair that builds to a massive climax of cascading chords creating a wall of sound.

The seven new works traverse a wide range of styles across the whole spectrum of Australian contemporary music. But in their own unique ways, they all explode preconceptions of what is possible on the instrument, by turning the piano inside-out.

Duration: 70 min.

Liner booklet includes program notes and biographical information about performer and composers.

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