Music of the Spheres: Zubin Kanga (Piano)

Zubin Kanga - Piano

Patrick Nunn: The Music of the Spheres
Maja Palser: R o t a t i o n s (BMF commission and WP)
School Pupils: new work (WP)
Claire Victoria Roberts: Infinity Freeze: A Set of 3 Dances (BMF commission and WP)
Zubin Kanga: The Nine Billion Names of God for piano and live electronics (WP)
George Crumb: Makrokosmos (selection)

As one of the leading exponent of contemporary music, the Australian born pianist Zubin Kanga will present a wide range of music that has been inspired by space and astronomy. The concert will begin with the highly evocative Music of the Spheres by Patrick Nunn, where each of the six movements have been inspired by a specific object in space, from planets such as Neptune, Saturn and Earth to moons and natural satellites. The programme concludes with an excerpt of George Crumb’s iconic Makrokosmos for amplified piano, where a selection of the Zodiac signs is represented within an exploration of colours and textures on the piano. The remaining programme consists of newly composed pieces, two of which by Palser and Roberts have been commissioned especially for the festival, in addition to Zubin Kanga’s own new work and a group composition by local school pupils.

Zubin Kanga - Piano

Zubin Kanga

Piano

Pianist Zubin Kanga has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including Thomas Adès, Michael Finnissy, and Beat Furrer, and has premiered more than 90 new works, focusing in recent years on new interactions between live musicians and new technologies. He has performed at many international festivals including the BBC Proms, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Melbourne Festival, (Australia), Manifeste Festival (France) and Borealis Festival (Norway). He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, and has performed contemporary concerti with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He is a Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, exploring new musician-technology relationships.

Zubin Kanga - Piano
Zubin Kanga

Piano

Pianist Zubin Kanga has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including Thomas Adès, Michael Finnissy, and Beat Furrer, and has premiered more than 90 new works, focusing in recent years on new interactions between live musicians and new technologies. He has performed at many international festivals including the BBC Proms, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Melbourne Festival, (Australia), Manifeste Festival (France) and Borealis Festival (Norway). He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, and has performed contemporary concerti with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He is a Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, exploring new musician-technology relationships.

Composers

Maja Palser - Bangor Music Festival

Maja Palser

Composer
Maja Palser - Bangor Music Festival
Maja Palser

Composer

Maja Palser is a composer whose work aims to explore physiological, psychological, spiritual and communal experiences of music. She is particularly interested in the ability of music to alter our perceptions of time and space. Her Master’s thesis (Bristol, 2013), presented evidence that music, used as a method of interrogation, amount to torture, due to its capacity to affect the body as well as the mind. She draws inspiration from a range of sources including religious, mythological and spiritual texts, notably those of the Sufi poets. In 2017, she represented Wales at the ISCM World Music Days in Vancouver, Canada.

Patrick Nunn

Composers
Patrick Nunn

Composers

Patrick Nunn studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Simon Bainbridge and Jonathan Harvey. His music, often employing sensors and electronics, has been widely performed throughout the UK and on the continent (more recently at IRCAM, Paris). Awards include the BBC Radio 3 Composing for Children prize for Songs of our Generation (1995), a British Composer Award for Mercurial Sparks, Volatile Shadows (2006), the Alan Bush prize for Transilient Fragments (2008), and the Birmingham New Millennium Composition award for Sentiment of an Invisible Omniscience (2010). His music is published by Cadenza Music and the ABRSM, and his latest CD Morphosis showcases small-scale and electronic works.

Claire Victoria Roberts

Composer
Claire Victoria Roberts

Composer

Originally from South West Wales, Claire studied music at Oxford University supported by a Choral Scholarship. Thanks to generous funding from the Thomas and Elizabeth Williams trust, she went on to complete an MMus in Violin Performance with Steven Wilkie at the Royal Northern College of Music where she maintained an active interest in composition and contemporary music. Awarded the prestigious Parry Williams Scholarship, Claire has embarked upon a composition PhD at Bangor University. Research interests include voice-leading analytical techniques, 21st-century tonality and accessibility in contemporary music.

George Crumb

Composer
George Crumb

Composer

George Crumb (b.1929) is one of the most frequently performed composers in today's musical world. Crumb is the winner of Grammy and Pulitzer Prizes, and continues to compose new scores that enrich the lives of all who come in contact with his profoundly humanistic art. Crumb's music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, ranging from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-Western musics. Many of Crumb's works include programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements, which are often reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores.

3 February 2018
1:00pm
Studio, Pontio
£12, £10 (Senior), £5 (Students & Children)

Tickets

Tickets for this concert are available from Pontio's Box Office.

01248 382828
Pontio, Deiniol Rd, Bangor, LL57 2TQ

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