Department of Performing Arts, Middlesex University, the Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
The endless creativity of music in collaboration with multimedia could be traced to Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk concept, with a goal to create theatre and an immersive experience for the audience.
Christina will explore how composers of the 20th and 21st Century embraced theatrical and cutting edge technology and realised their visions fearlessly exploring new media forms; Simon Steen-Andersen, Fausto Romitelli and Birtwistle are just a few.
We will also investigate the development of video art as a genre, from Muybridge’s photographic studies in motion, 1920s Paris mixed media collaborations between artists Satie, Man Ray, Sonia Delaunay and Francis Picabia, through to Cage and Nam June Paik in New York during the 1960s where video art became a recognised art form.
The talk will conclude with a performance of Richard Bullen’s Theatre of Resonance for piano and video: a compelling duel between Christina and her on-screen double – questioning the ever decreasing margins between humans and technology.
Refreshments will be provided.
Prize-winning pianist and curator Christina McMaster was recently appointed as St John’s Smith Square Young Artist-in-Residence (2016-17). She has performed extensively including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival.
Christina attended the specialist music school Purcell School, Trinity Laban where she studied with Douglas Finch, and the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor. She has collaborated and worked with the Brodowski Quartet, violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay and director Richard Williams, among others.
In 2015 she launched her debut album Pinks & Blues on her own label to a sell-out audience at St James’ Theatre; the album is a fusion of jazz- and blues-influenced classical and contemporary music. Christina teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and curates its annual piano festival.
In 2016 she will give masterclasses and lectures in Cambridge, Ohio and Umbria, and perform at the Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Symphony Space in New York.