Monday 5 March 2018, 7.30pm
What if you could play a note on the piano, and have it last forever? Contemporary pianist Xenia Pestova returns to Cafe Oto with uncompromising renditions of radical repertoire in the only London performance with the Magnetic Resonator Piano (MRP), a new instrument designed by Andrew McPherson. Oto's resident piano will be completely transformed by electromagnets suspended above the strings, allowing control of minute details of resonance, crescendo from silence and sustained "bowed" sounds that the pianist will shape from the keyboard.
The performance will include Alvin Lucier’s rarely-programmed classic “Music for Piano with Magnetic Strings” (originally with eBows) and Pauline Oliveros' pioneering text score "Breaking Boundaries" as well as world premieres of "Glowing Radioactive Elements" by Pestova and "Magnetic Resonance" for MRP and electronics by UK-based New Zealand composer John Young.
“an uncompromising artist” – Textura
“one of the leading performers of contemporary, non-conformist music” – HisVoice
Described as “a powerhouse of contemporary keyboard repertoire” (Tempo), “stunning” (Wales Arts Review), “ravishing” (Pizzicato) and “remarkably sensuous” (New Zealand Herald), pianist Xenia Pestova’s performances and recordings have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire of her generation. Pestova’s commitment and dedication to promoting music by living composers led her to commission dozens of new works and collaborate with major innovators in contemporary music. Her widely acclaimed recordings of core piano duo works of the Twentieth Century by John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen are available on four CDs for Naxos Records. Her evocative solo debut of premiere recordings for the Innova label titled “Shadow Piano” was described as a “terrific album of dark, probing music” by the Chicago Reader. She is the Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham, and continues to mentor emerging musicians in workshops at conservatories and universities around the UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Brazil.