Public Research Seminar: Xenia Pestova (Nottingham University)
Public Research Seminar Series
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 1
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
£5 (or free entry with a ticket for the 12.10pm recital)
Free to BCU Staff & Students
Xenia Pestova (Nottingham University) - Approaches to notation in music for piano and live electronics: the performer’s perspective.
In this presentation, I will examine elements of notation in mixed music for piano and live electronics. I will introduce examples from the repertoire and discuss different notational approaches. These are grouped into three main categories:
1. Graphic notations and visual representations, or ‘descriptive’ scores (Boorman 2001), which are commonly used in repertoire with fixed media to simplify synchronisation, and can also be found in more recent repertoire with interactive live electronics.
2. Tablature-style notations, or prescriptive scores (ibid) that include notation-as-documentation offer a different and potentially complementary approach.
3. Hybrid combinations of approaches and notations including semi-improvised pieces and notation for new instruments, which show new perspectives in the field. I will address performance practice challenges and draw conclusions from the performance perspective.
Described as “outstanding” (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. Currently, 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.
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