Zubin Kanga is a modern day David Tudor. He is at the forefront of 21st century avant-garde piano music, not only as a performer but also as a prolific commissioner of new works. Zubin has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including Steve Reich, Beat Furrer, Thomas Ades & Michael Finnissy. His teacher & mentor Rolf Hind was a pianist signed to the infamous Factory Records (Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire) who instilled a borderless view of ‘classical’ music in him. Zubin has performed for the BBC Proms, ISCM World New Music Days & The London Festival as well as with the Bang-on-a-Can Allstars, Eighth Blackbird & Ensemble Plus-Minus.
The heyday of the graphic score was the 1960s. A small group of composers like Bussotti & Cardew picked up on the ideas first put forward by pioneers like Morton Feldman & Earle Brown, developing non-conventional music notation into elaborate & artistic scores.
Not Music Yet for solo piano is a watercolour graphic score by Berlin-based Australian composer, David Young. Composed for Kanga, the performer is to consider it a time-space score (pitch read on the vertical axis & time on the horizontal). They should make three equal passes, reading left to right, playing only the black parts of the painting first, followed by white then blue. The work can be performed in either 7 or 42 minute versions. Young recommends the use of a stopwatch to aid exact timing. Further, every attempt should be made to realise the graphics’ contours & shapes as carefully & precisely as possible.