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Zubin Kanga: Silver Screens/Steel Strings




Zubin Kanga returns to City with new works for piano and multimedia, encompassing everything from extrovert explorations of cinema to starkly coloured drones.


  • Christopher Fox, Five Characters in Search of a Form
  • Scott McLaughlin, In the unknown there is already a script for transcendence
  • Jon Rose, Ballast (world premiere)
  • Zubin Kanga, new work (world premiere)
  • Nicole Lizée, Scorsese Etudes (world premiere of expanded version)

Christopher Fox’s new work pits the pianist against a doppelganger from the far past, exploring and distorting the pianistic canon. Scott McLaughlin uses supercharged e-bows and magnetic resonators to explore ever-shifting drone harmonics. Kanga's own new work melds analogue synths and a plethora of sounds from the interior of the instrument. Jon Rose draws on his own experience as an improviser with violin and motion sensors in Ballast, a wild exploration of pianistic hyper-virtuosity, expanded using progressively multiplying virtual pianos controlled by a 3D hand sensor. Finally, Nicole Lizée expands her critically acclaimed Scorsese Etudes, an ingenious collage of film clips and live piano, with the addition of further footage by the great American auteur from Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas to Wolf of Wall Street.

5-6pm: Pre-concert Event: Music Research Seminar Series

Dr Scott McLaughlin (University of Leeds):
Composing for Material Indeterminacy [or] “what a piano wants to do”

"Ahead of Zubin Kanga’s performance of my piece for prepared-piano and magnetic resonators, this talk looks at composition as the development of strategies for structuring the indeterminate sounding of an unstable instrument. I’ll demonstrate how the piano is made unstable, how this allows the material agency of the piano to come to the fore, and how the piece is composed “around” this agency."

Free to attend, all welcome.

City, University of London
Room AG09, College Building
St John's Street
London EC1V 4BP

Scott McLaughlin is a composer and improviser (cello, live electronics) based in Huddersfield, UK. Born in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975. He studied BMus (Uni of Ulster), MA/PhD Uni of Huddersfield (PA Tremblay, C Fox, J Saunders, B Harrison). Scott lectures in composition and music technology at the University of Leeds; leading the MMus Critical and Experimental Composition programme, and co-directing CePRA (Centre for Practice Research in the Arts). His research focuses on contingency and indeterminacy in the physical materiality of sound and performance, to explore material agency and recursive feedback systems in constraint-based open-form composition.

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7.00pm - 7.00pmTuesday 26th March 2019

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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