The offer of a recital at the elegant Independent Theatre on a beautifully crafted grand piano by Zubin Kanga, in a world premier performance of custom composed works and collaborations.
Firstly, I must introduce you to the finely hand crafted piano by Stuart & Sons. Made from rare timbers and full of technical complexities and quirky features, each piano is unique. This particular piano had an extended keyboard – 102 keys. You must check out their website – these pieces are truly breathtaking.
To the performance of works by Zubin Kanga. I’m pretty open-minded with broad tastes in styles when it comes to music and the Arts. I knew nothing about Zubin’s style – so for me, I was completely open. How do you categorise this music? Modern, eclectic performance music-like art?
This show really pushed the boundaries between music and performance art. I found the works challenging, perhaps not to my taste. Much of the program was deliberately dissonant, random and, discordant. At one point, Zubin was also humming or singing the notes, pounding both hands on a full hand span of keys.
One piece in particular called “Not yet Music” the score was suggested by a watercolour painting, propped up inside the piano to “channel” musical elements performed by the pianist. This included thumping the beautiful piano, strumming the strings, placing a variety of props on the strings, running the fingers down the edge, stroking the tops of the keys and jangling a chain and at times, playing the keys.
I must now reference Anthony Moles’ “Diabolic Machines” – which WAS diabolic – yet also recognisable and enjoyable. Congratulations also on the performance of Rosalid Pages’ Being and Time II – which was also actually music.
So thanks for the experience, and did I mention the gorgeous piano and classy venue?