Fri 18 December – ‘Isolation’ album release

Everything started with a tweet that I sent during the first lockdown this year, asking for suggestions of piano miniatures written by female composers.

Charlotte Botterill sent me then one miniature that she had just written, reflecting her feelings in that period of lockdown. For this first one, Charlotte carried on writing piano miniatures, expressing her feelings and events of such peculiar times. When the restrictions were lifted, Charlotte felt that was the moment to close the collection, and invited me to record them!

This is such a special project, which I couldn’t be prouder to be part of. While being far away (I was in Brazil, and Charlotte was in the UK), I felt so connected to Charlotte’s feelings translated in music. I recorded the 15 piano miniatures in Rio at Laranjeiras Records, with Márcio Dornelles as my sound engineer.

It’s with such a pleasure that we present you the album ‘Isolation’, which was released today through the new label Lis de la Mer.

The album is available digitally through all major platforms, and in a limited CD edition which is accompanied by exclusive art prints by Rosie Botterill (who also signs the art of the album).

Very special thanks to Thalyson Rodrigues, for the superb musical assistance during the recording session.

Terça 15/09: Arte e Tecnologia – UFSB

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Nessa terça-feira às 14h estarei conversando com os alunos do Bacharelado Interdisciplinar em Artes da UFSB sobre o meu trabalho, com foco em diálogos interdisciplinares, performance musical e eletrônica, e práticas colaborativas.

Sessão: https://bit.ly/2FwVI1I

Agradecimentos especiais ao Prof. Dr Daniel Puig pelo convite!

Sat 01 August – 1 minute music

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(English below)
🇧🇷 No sábado 01 de agosto eu gostaria de te oferecer 1 minuto de música, entregue na palma da tua mão, só para você, mais exatamente no seu celular.

Vá em ww.1minutemusic.com, agende um período do dia dentro do qual eu vou te ligar e vou fazer 1 minuto de improvisação ao piano, para você.

Simplesmente para dividir algumas das coisas que vimos ser tão preciosas nesses últimos meses: o contato uns com os outros, o compartilhar do tempo, e a música.

🇬🇧 On Saturday 01 August I would like to share 1 minute of music, just for you, delivered wherever you are, more precisely on your phone.

You can just go to www.1minutemusic.com and book a 15 minute slot during the day. I will call you on Whatsapp video call at some point during that booked slot and will do a 1 minute piano improvisation for you.

This is simply to share some of the very special things that these past months have highlighted for us: our connection with one another, time, and music.

Mon 23 July – Invented Freedoms II with Oxford Improvisers

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LIVE BROADCAST 8:30pm BST HERE

Online performance to be presented via the Oxford Improvisers Youtube Channel.

with special guest Viv Corringham live from New York.

Also featuring Paul Medley photos from the series ‘The Impossibility of Flight

Sunday 17 May – Lockdown Vexations

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This Sunday 17 May I am participating in the Lockdown Vexations project!

Artist Kathy Hinde has collected recordings of people from around the world playing one cycle of Erik Satie’s Vexations. These performances will be put together randomly by software programmed by Matthew Olden, to make the 840 repetitions as instructed by Satie, and live streamed from 12noon (GMT).

This is to celebrate Erik Satie’s birthday, who would be turning 154 years old today.

Go to https://satievexations.art/live-stream for the link of the live streaming.

Sat 16 May – Daylight Savings, online/Union Chapel London

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On Saturday 16 May 2020 I had the joy to be featured in the first edition of Daylight Savings, with a newly released video of my performance of Marisa Rezende’s Miragem at Daylight Music in March 2019. Daylight Savings is the new virtual home of Daylight Music during the self-isolation period that we are in, due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

Daylight Savings
For the time being Daylight Music and its spiritual home of Islington’s Union Chapel can only exist in our collective experiences.

But what memories we have! Maybe you remember the bite of the crisp morning air, as you queue outside talking or nodding to friendly and familiar faces? Or maybe you recall entering the chapel and the earthy smell of the pews? The temptations of the merch desk? Sitting down taking in the vastness of the space and how music slowing seems to vibrate around and through you? Or just the comforting feeling of wrapping your hands around a warm mug of hot choc and letting the week’s worries drift away!

We cannot for the moment welcome you into our safe, family-friendly space, but we’d like you to re-imagine our musical club from the comfort of your own home starting this week with our new virtual Daylight Saving series.Join Daylight Music producer and introducer Ben Eshmade on a special curated journey each week into our archive with video new and old each Saturday, from midday to 2pm. We’d ask you to provide your own music, tea & cake for this journey and to contribute your thoughts, opinions and memories on twitter or Instagram via @daylight_music and #daylightmusic.

Credits
A big thank you to Foliage Films, Huske Media and the whole video team new and old for capturing these moments.

Daylight Savings 16.05.2020 Hour 1 playlist:

Sun 22 December – ‘Light, leve, luz’. Concert at The Abbey Sutton Courtenay

photo: Tiago Zortea

In Portuguese (my mother tongue), there are two different words for light; Leve meaning weightlessness and Luz meaning luminosity. In this programme, I am looking into exploring light in musical terms, referring to aspects of touch, state of being and luminosity .

The initial spark for this idea came when I was practicing Ruth Crawford’s Prelude n. 8 – Leggiero, and Schoenberg’s Little Piece Op. 19 n. 1 – Leicht, zart (Light, delicate), which are fast pieces exploring lightness of touch, and will integrate the first section of the concert.

In another section of the programme, I would like to reflect about lightness as an emotional state, as in John Palmer’s Shambhala, which refers to ‘an imaginary place of peace and happiness dwelt by enlightened people’.

Michael Taplin’s Wax Candles opens a new section in the programme connecting the theme of Leve/Luz both in regards to lightness of touch and light as a sonic colour, bringing these elements together in one piece.

The final part of the concert reflects on light as the luminous phenomenon, with Thomas Adès’ Darknesse Visible integrating this section with references to darkness, or an absence of light.

This concert is to honour the Winter Solstice, a time to renew hope with the return of light in longer days in the North Hemisphere.

This concert will be at the Great Hall at the beautiful Abbey Sutton Courtenay. Attendance is by donation at the concert. We suggest £15 for a concert of this quality but all are welcome and proceeds support the Abbey Sutton Courtenay, a registered charity. 8 – 25 years old attend free.

7:30pm
The Abbey Sutton Courtenay

The Green
Abingdon
OX14 4AF
tel: 01235 847401
email: admin@theabbey.uk.com
Directions here

light, leve, luz

Késia Decoté – piano & toy piano

PROGRAMME

[lightness of touch]

– Arnold Schoenberg  Leicht, zart (Light, delicate) – from Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19 (1911)
– Ben Gaunt – Light Spellsphere, for toy piano (2019)
– Ruth Crawford-Seeger –  Preludes 8 (Leggiero), for piano (1924)

[lightness of being]

– Yfat Soul Zisso – Para a frente, for toy piano (2018) 
– John Palmer – Shambhala, for piano (1990)
– Silvia Berg – El sueño… el vuelo, for piano (2010)

[light – luz]

– Michael Taplin – Wax Candles, for piano (2018)
– Yfat Soul Zisso – Full Moon, for toy piano (2019)
– Max Gibson – Night over Berstane, for toy piano & piano (2017)
– Thomas Adès – Darknesse Visible, for piano(1992)
– Marisa Rezende – Miragem, for piano (2009)

Many special thanks to Charlotte Lepport, Dylan Thomas, Michael Taplin, Yfat Soul Zisso, Graham Stabler, Bruno Guastalla and Benoît Mangili.

SAB 09 Nov – improvisações no Foice Fosso, Rio de Janeiro

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No sábado 09 de novembro eu tive a alegria de participar da Edição 13 do Fosso, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, com um set de improvisações solo no meu piano de brinquedo e no piano quebrado da casa.

O video-documentação desse evento estará disponível em breve.


On Saturday 09 November I did a set of improvisations on my toy piano and on the broken piano at Fosso, Rio de Janeiro.

Video documentation coming up soon.

QUI 07 Nov – Música de Compositoras para Piano & Piano de Brinquedo, Série Música de Primeira, Rio de Janeiro

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photo: Phil Barnes
(English below)

Na quinta-feira 07 de novembro eu retorno à Série Música de Primeira, na Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro, apresentando um programa de obras para piano e para piano de brinquedo escritas por compositoras brasileiras e internacionais atuais.

As obras do repertório são inspiradas em elementos do espaço sideral, da natureza e memórias pessoais. E ainda tenho a honra de fazer a estreia de uma obra para piano de brinquedo escrita por Yfat Soul Zisso para mim esse semestre.

Série Música de Primeira existe há 10 anos, sendo uma das séries mais estáveis na música de concerto no Brasil. A série apresenta concertos de alta qualidade toda primeira quinta-feira do mês, e é uma iniciativa da OPIB – Orquestra da Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro, desenvolvida juntamente com o Ministério de Música da Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro. A SMP possui como diferenciais a entrada gratuita, a possibilidade de interação com os concertistas após o concerto e ainda a transmissão ao vivo e em alta resolução, via internet.

Agradecimentos mais que especiais à equipe de coordenação da Série Música de Primeira: Corino Decotelli, Eduardo Transcoveski, Elber Ramos, Ivan Klavin, Nilson Coelho.

Série Música de Primeira – Temporada XI, Concerto 106
KÉSIA DECOTÉ – Piano e Piano de Brinquedo
Data: 07 de novembro de 2019, quinta-feira
Horário: 19:30h
ENTRADA FRANCA
Local: Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro (Tel.: 2197-0900)
Rua Frei Caneca, 525 – Estácio (Em frente ao Hospital da Polícia Militar)
De Metrô, acesso pela estação Estácio ou Pça. XI
Vagas para 20 carros no pátio da Igreja, sem exclusividade
Transmissão ao vivo:
www.pibrj.org.br
www.facebook.com/pibrjoficial
www.youtube.com/pibrjTV
Acompanhe a Série Música de Primeira: www.musicadeprimeira.wordpress.com

PROGRAMA

  • Kaija Saariaho (Finlândia/França): Ballade, para piano (2009)
  • Yfat Soul Zisso (Israel/Reino Unido): Para a frente, para piano de brinquedo (2018)
  • Emily Doolittle (Canadá/Reino Unido): Gliese 581c, para piano (2008) 
  • Yfat Soul Zisso: Full Moonpara piano de brinquedo (2019) *estreia mundial
  • Angela Elisabeth Slater (Reino Unido): Night Mirrors, para piano (2017)
  • Yfat Soul Zisso: Recollection, para piano de brinquedo (2015)
  • Tatiana Catanzaro (Brasil): kristallklavierexplosionsschattensplitter, para piano (2006)
  • Silvia Berg (Brasil): El Sueño… el vuelo, para piano (2010)
  • Sara Carvalho (Portugal): inside silence, para piano preparado e piano de brinquedo (2012)
  • Maria Kaoutzani (Chipre/EUA): Lilies, para piano e pianista cantante (2017)
  • Marisa Rezende (Brasil): Miragem, para piano (2009)

On Thursday 07 November I play at Serie Música de Primeira to present a programme of piano and toy piano works written by women composers from Brazil, North America and Europe. Those works have been inspired by elements from the universe, nature and personal memories. I am especially thrilled to give the world premiere of a new toy piano work just written for me by Yfat Soul Zisso.

I am very honoured to return to Serie Música de Primeira, which is one of the most establish series of classical music in Brazil. Among the unique aspects of this series, is the live streaming through internet channels:

www.pibrj.org.br
www.facebook.com/pibrjoficial
www.youtube.com/pibrjTV

(it starts 7:30pm, Brasília time)

06 Setembro – 03 Novembro: ‘A Cor Púrpura’, Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janeiro

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Durante os finais de semana a partir de 06 de setembro a 03 de novembro 2019, eu terei a alegria de estar em cartaz com o musical A Cor Púrpura, na Cidade das Artes, na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Esta é uma produção brasileira do musical da Broadway baseado no livro de Alice Walker e no filme de Steven Spielberg, com texto de Marsha Norman, música de Brenda Russel, Allee Willis e Stephen Bray. A versão brasileira é assinada por Artur Xexéo, com direção de Tadeu Aguiar e direção musical de Tony Luchesi, com Letícia Soares como a protagonista Celie.

A Cor Púrpura é uma saga familiar inspiradora que conta a inesquecível história de uma mulher que, através do amor, encontra a força para triunfar sobre a adversidade e descobrir sua voz no mundo.Por trás da história de Celie, há uma crítica à relação entre homens e mulheres, ao poder dado ao homem em uma sociedade que ainda luta por igualdade entre gêneros, etnias e classes sociais. Um espetáculo que retrata um pedaço do mundo no início do século XX, mas que nos mostra a atualidade dessas questões.

Eu estou realizando a função de piano 2 na orquestra, sob regência de Thalyson Rodrigues.

A Cor Púrpura – O Musical
Horários:
Sextas-feiras 20h30
Sábados 17h e 20h30
Domingos 17h
Ingressos