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Ex Machina

Piano in the

21st century

A visually immersive program of nine world premieres written for the piano, including two genre-crossing new works 

EX MACHINA  is an interdisciplinary and multimedia project exploring the complex connections and relationship between technology and humanity through visual art and music. Evolving technology has been changing our lives, including how we experience arts and music. The title, Ex Machina, or From the Machine, reflects on humanity's creativity and struggle of identity in this fast changing world.  As a starting point, the piano is a musical machine with which I create sound stories to evoke ideas and emotions. In this project, we will explore the machine’s multifaceted meanings artistically, musically, and philosophically.




Clara Yang, piano
Xuan, immersive visual art

Act I

Atomic Pulse

Crystal Prelude No. 1 with

Cryoacoustic Orb Installation 

(piano and fixed media)

Reena Esmail, composer

Lee Weisert and Jonathon Kirk, sound installation designers

Clinamina (piano and electronics)

Lee Weisert, composer

Deep ConditioNN Redux (piano and fixed media)

Suzi Analogue, beatmaker

Clara Yang, composer/piano


Act II

Organic Machines

Nebula (solo piano)

Clara Yang, composer/piano

RoboDream (piano and choreography)

Phil Young, composer

Yili Fan, movement artist


Hammers on the Moon (piano and fixed media)

Liliya Ugay, composer

Conception (piano and fixed media)

Yvette Young, composer/producer/electric guitar/violin

Clara Yang, composer/piano


Synthetic Souls

Analogue Confession (solo piano)

Peter Askim, composer

Think that's you - a personality software recognition software toccata (piano and electronics)

Allen Anderson, composer

Drones (solo piano)

Stephen Anderson, composer


Hoyt-Schermerhorn (piano and electronics)

Christopher Cerrone, composer

Total running time: approx. 65 min

Program could be modified for shorter programs