Zubin Kanga Inside and Outside the Piano

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This classical music review was written by John Pitcher.

Zubin Kanga
Zubin Kanga

Composers have spent much of history writing piano music for just one-half of the instrument. Zubin Kanga, a gifted London-based pianist, specializes in music that takes advantage of the whole piano.

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On Saturday afternoon, Kanga was at the Blair School of Music’s Choral Rehearsal Hall, performing a concert that explored the piano from the inside out. His program focused on music written for both the inside of the piano (music played on the instrument’s harp-like strings) and outside (notes performed on the instrument’s good, old-fashioned 88 keys). Seldom has a Blair Steinway received such a thorough workout.

The program included the world premiere of Blair composer Michael Alec Rose’s Sui Generis: Five Types for Piano Inside/Out. All five pieces in this cycle took their names from such movie and pulp fiction genres as mystery, sci-fi and fantasy. They functioned, however, not as narratives but as portraits, with each piece conjuring an image of its dedicatee.

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John Pitcher is the chief classical music, jazz and dance critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He has been a classical music critic for the Washington Post, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, National Public Radio’s Performance Today (NPR), ArtNowNashville.com and the Nashville Scene. His writings about music and the arts have also appeared in Symphony Magazine, American Record Guide and Stagebill Magazine, among other publications. Pitcher earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied arts writing with Judith Crist and Phyllis Garland. His work has received the New York State Associated Press award for outstanding classical music criticism.