Zubin Kanga, Wiki Piano @ Music Current 2021
This program contains depictions of nudity, violence and drug use.
Australian pianist and adventurer of new music Zubin Kanga performs in Dublin for the first time. A champion of collaboration and new music commissions, Zubin presents a very personal program made up entirely of works he has personally commissioned for piano and electronics.
In this concert, Zubin Kanga performs works for piano and multimedia exploring Internet culture, classical cinema, historical pianists, magnetic resonators and electronic lookalikes.
that of Alexandre Schubert WIKI–PIANO.REPORT uses a website to allow the audience to co-compose the work specifically for each performance – the audience can link to sound files, YouTube videos, edit text and instructions just like a Wikipedia page, creating a work that reflects the memes and obsessions of the Internet in each performance.
Fergal Dowling pairs the piano with an interactive electronic twin, increasing in complexity until the divisions between true and false crumble.
Scott McLaughlin uses modified electric arcs and magnetic resonators to create strange, otherworldly sounds that gradually transform. Hammerklavier, a collaboration between composer
Michael Finnissy and filmmaker Adam de la Cour are based on Finnissy’s memories of a live performance by great pianist Sviatoslav Richter in 1975, as well as Richter’s queer secret life. The work transforms every movement of Beethoven’s sonata “Hammerklavier”, de la Cour’s film drawing on Richter’s documentary footage, experimental filmmaking techniques from the 1950s and 1960s, and vintage gay eroticism. of this time. The second part of the work (transforming the first two movements of Beethoven’s sonata) receives its world premiere in this concert.
And the famous works in Nicole Lizée’s Criterion Collection use loops and glitches to transform key scenes, creating obsessive tributes to great filmmakers. This recital features the revised version of his Martin Scorsese film-focused ensemble, drawing inspiration from iconic scenes from Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Alexandre Schubert, “WIKI–PIANO.REPORT”(2018) Irish premiere
Fergal Dowling, “Fake Piano” * (2021) World Premiere
Scott McLaughlin, “Into the Unknown, There Is Already a Script for Transcendence” ** (2018) Irish Premiere
Michael Finnissy / Adam de la Cour, “Hammerklavier” ** (Part 2) (2021) World Premiere
Nicole Lizée, “Scorsese Etudes” (2018 rev. 2021) World Premiere
* Commissioned by Zubin Kanga with the support of the Arts Council Commission Prize.
** Commissioned with support from Arts Council England.
Zubin Kanga’s work as a composer, performer and researcher is supported by a UKRI Future leaders scholarship.
Dublin Sound Lab presents
MUSIC RUNNING 2021
CONTEMPORARY ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
BLOUSE ALLEY THEATER :: November 8-11, 2021 :: www.smockalley.com
MUSIC RUNNING is back! Dublin’s annual New Music Festival returns with six concerts over four days featuring the best of new contemporary Irish and international electronic music, Smock Alley Theater, November 8-11, 2021. MUSIC RUNNING, now in its fifth year, offers a platform for the most recent contemporary electronic music. This year’s festival has a decidedly multimedia flavor, with: interactive web performances, video performances, computer sheet music tracking, private YouTube performances carried to the concert hall, guns, shovels and even buckets of sand.
Monday November 8, 8 p.m. – Zubin Kanga, Piano Wiki
Tuesday November 9, 7 p.m. – Current Music Soloists, Currents
Tuesday November 9, 8 p.m. – Darragh morgan, Anthems
Wednesday November 10, 8 p.m. – Bastard missions, Execution
Thursday November 11, 6 p.m. – Lina Andonovska, Public confidentiality
Friday November 11, 8 p.m. – Richard craig, Valley
Tickets for each concert are 15/10 €. Book tickets here.
Festival opens with first Irish concert by Australian pianist and new music adventurer Zubin Kanga, which is performing in Dublin for the first time. Champion of collaboration and new music commissions, Zubin performs a very personal program composed entirely of works he has personally commissioned for piano and electronics, including: the Irish premiere of the work of Alexander Schubert WIKI– PIANO.REPORT, in which members of the public can add or modify the score; that of Michael Finnissy and Adam of the Court, the new “Hammerklavier (Part 2)” inspired by Beethoven; the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s revised “Scorsese Studies”; as well as new works for piano and electronics by Scott McLaughlin and Fergal Dowling
Every year MUSIC RUNNING invites composers from all over the world to develop new works for the festival. This year, seven Irish composers were invited to collaborate with five Irish soloists to prepare a concert of entirely new works based on their one-year collaboration. The resultant Music Current Soloists Concert is a stimulating mix of intimate, imaginative, thought-provoking and playful new works by established composers and the next generation: Seán O’Dálaigh, Elis Czerniak, Jane Deasy, Gráinne Mulvey, Darragh Kelly, Paul Scully, Neil O’Connor, with works performed by Paul Roe, Marja Gaynor, Ilse de Ziah, Joe O’Farrell and Darragh Morgan.
This concert is normally associated with new works developed within the festival, rather than in advance, with one of the participating composers being offered a commission for the following year’s festival. This year the commission award will be open for online submissions and the announcement will be made at this event.
This program is part of a double concert which also presents “classic” works from the repertoire. Darragh morgan, one of the most renowned performers of contemporary music, will give the Irish concert premiere of Pierre Boulez’s “Anthèmes 2”, a landmark work for solo violin and electronic, in which the computer literally “follows” the performance of Darragh in real time and provides live accompaniment. Boulez’s masterpiece is paired with Frank Lyon’s recent commission “Spin 2”, commissioned by Darragh Morgan, the work follows a similar development to Anthemes 2, having undergone revisions and the addition of a part electronic.
The festival sees the Irish debuts of renowned London-based iconoclasts, Bastard missions, who bring their unique brand of collaborative composition and ensemble performance to Dublin in a program of four recent works. This concert is a true multimedia performance that defies the limits of what is considered music – it is a spectacle that can only be experienced live.
The festival ends with a double concert of Irish and international works for flute and electronics. australian flautist, Lina Andonovska offers an exclusive program of Irish premieres featuring some of the most performed international composers of the current generation, including: “Public Privacy # 1 (flute cover)” by Brigitta Muntendorf, a study on the schizophrenic relationship between YouTuber soloists at home and their very public performances; David Fennessy’s new work, “Bridge”; and the Irish premieres of “Études Tarantino” by Nicole Lizée, inspired by cinema.
Renowned Scottish flutist and champion of new music, Richard craig, closes the festival with a program of recent works built around Richard Barrett’s “Vale”, a hypnotic study for amplified flute. Richard will also premiere the intimate and intriguing piece by Seán O’Dálaigh “Paysage II»For flute; a work that Seán wrote especially for Richard in response to the Music Current 2019 commission.