Piano and Electronics

Monday 27 February 2017, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Megumi Masaki

Award-winning pianist Megumi Masaki is known not only for her dynamic temperament, “riveting and mind-expanding” (Fréttabladid 2013) performances and warm rapport with audiences, but also for the breadth and innovation of her artistic activity. Megumi is a pianist who specializes in the performance of Canadian music and new works. She is especially interested in exploring how sound, image, text and movement can be integrated in live multimedia performance and how the creative application of new technologies and approaches can expand how concert music is created, performed and received. She frequently collaborates on interdisciplinary projects with new technologies to enhance a dynamic interaction between creator and performer.

Numerous piano, multimedia (with interactive and fixed electronics, interactive and fixed visuals, and gesture tracking), and chamber works have been composed specifically for and in collaboration with Megumi and she has premiered over 70 works worldwide. One highlight, Hitchcock Études by Nicole Lizée commissioned and performed by Megumi Masaki was recently selected to represent Canada at the ISCM World Music Days in Poland 2014.

Megumi is a member of the Noiseborder Ensemble which has presented more than 20 original multimedia pieces featuring a combination of acoustic and electronic instruments as well as live processing and mixing of sound and video. She is also a member of the Slingshot-Kidõ that explores the creation of works involving a theatrical-dance-gestural-electroacoustic interdisciplinary approach to piano “shows” for traditional and non-traditional performance spaces.

Megumi has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician with distinguished artists including the Penderecki Quartet, Borealis Quartet, Gewandhaus Orchestra soloists, Shauna Rolston, Yuri Hooker, Paul Marleyn, Oleg Pokhanovski, Koh Gabriel Kameda, and Valdine Anderson. Megumi has recently performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in such venues as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, National Art Gallery Ottawa, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music Paris (IRCAM), Royal Academy of Music’s Discovery & Development Series, CoLab Festival Trinity Laban London, Royal College of Music, Elmwood Hall Belfast, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music in Belfast, Dark Music Days Festival in Reykjavik, Chetham’s International Piano Festival Manchester, Philam Life Theatre Manila, Okazaki Concert Hall Japan, Chengdu Concert Hall China, Roter Saal Mainz, Eric Ericson Hall Sweden, Cultural Olympiad Utah, National Museum of Women in Arts Washington, D.C., the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Fox Fine Arts Centre El Paso, Windsor Canadian Music Festival, Regina New Music Festival, Kelowna Chamber Music Series, GroundSwell and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival.

Location: Rymer Auditorium