Wishing you a lovely festive season, full of joy and hope with the ones you love!
Com grande alegria vou estar de volta no meu primeiro conservatório de música: FAMES – Faculdade de Música do Espírito Santo, conversando sobre o repertório de música contemporânea para piano que venho explorando nos últimos anos, exemplificando ao piano e também com videos de concertos passados.
No Auditório Alceu Camargo, às 14h45, e o evento é grátis!
Endereço: Praça Américo Poli Monjardim, 60, Centro, 29010-640, Vitória, ES.
Agradecimentos especiais: Cláudio Thompson
* London – 19 Sept * Oxford – 20 Sept * Cardiff – 02 Oct * London – 05 Oct *
In this series of concerts, I am very delighted to present a programme pairing music by masters of the 20th century (Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Arnold Schoenberg) with talents of the 21st century based in the UK (Michael Taplin, Yfat Soul Zisso, James Albany Hoyle, Nathan Dearden, Maja Palser and Omar Peracha) and linking those worlds with the distinctive music of Kaija Saariaho and Jocy de Oliveira.
I have been curating this programme in collaboration with composers Michael Taplin and Yfat Soul Zisso, and we have been specially caring to shed a light on unfairly underperformed female composers such as Ruth Crawford-Seeger and Jocy de Oliveira. And, supporting the work of such talented emerging composers, I am very happy to have the honour to premiere the works that Michael Taplin, Yfat Soul Zisso and James Hoyle have written especially for me in this series.
The title of the recital borrows from Michael’s piece, and communicates the essence of the works of this repertoire – little brief sparkles, ethereal, very delicate, volatile, yet exquisite and vital.
Details of dates are below. I hope to see you in one or more of these dates!
Candles – piano music by 20th and 21st century composers
Wednesday 19 September, 1:05pm: St. Dunstan-in-the West Church, 186a Fleet Street, London EC4A 2HR (Free)
Thursday 20 September, 7:30pm: Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SB (£8 on the door)
Tuesday 02 October, 7pm: Cardiff University Concert Hall, 31 Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB (£5/ free for students & under 18)
Friday 05 October, 1:05pm: St. John’s Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY (Free)
Photo: Stu Allsopp
Poster: Bruno Guastalla
I couldn’t be happier in my first time in Canadá, by culminating it with my Toronto debut!
For some years I have been enjoying immensely to play works by Canadian composers, including Linda Catlin-Smith and Nick Storring. Then, it is very special for me to have the opportunity now to play those works in Canadá itself! I will be also playing piano and toy piano evocative works by Marisa Rezende (Brazil), Yfat Soul Zisso (Israel/UK), Maria Kaoutzani (Cyprus/USA), and more.
Friday August 10th, 2018
Doors 8PM – Music at 8:30PM
Arraymusic Space — 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto
$10 at the door
UK-based pianist Késia Decoté has been making waves overseas as an skilled interpreter and improviser. She gravitates toward patient, introspective repertoire and colourful sonic exploration in equal measure making her an exciting and versatile soloist. Join us for her Toronto debut as she performs a mix of English, Canadian and Brazilian repertoire featuring work by Nick Storring, Linda Catlin Smith and Marisa Rezende.
Allison Cameron and Kurt Newman are two of Toronto’s most intriguing and unique voices in improvisation. Each working within in their own form of befuddling virtuosity and peculiar abstraction, as a pair they promise to immersive perplexity of the highest order.
We will be performing our newly devised trio – Loci, Joëlle and Bruno will be performing their beautiful duo Traits, and I will be performing my beloved myths & visions (this may be the last performance of myths & visions in the UK, a project that is so special to me!).
This will also be my last performance as an Oxford resident, as I am moving out now with the end of my PhD. It feels so special, the end of an era, a incredible time in my life.
Come, if you can, to celebrate with us, also to support the Refugee week – donations will go towards charities which give assistance to refugees in Oxfordshire.
The Abbey Sutton Courtenay
The Abbey Sutton Courtenay
Suggested donation: £15
‘Tout organisme est une mélodie qui se chante elle-même.’ (Maurice Merleau-Ponty)
Working together on this piece, the ‘places’ of the title are not set positions: we inhabit the same space for a while, a space which is resonant and elastic.
Dancer and Choreographer: Joëlle Pappas
Piano: Késia Decoté, Cello/Bandoneon: Bruno Guastalla
Dancer and Choreographer: Joëlle Pappas
Music and Soundscape: Bruno Guastalla
Dramaturgy adviser: Miranda Laurence
Traits explores the attitudes and behaviour of a complex character fervently looking for a sense of coherent identity. It draws inspiration from puppetry traditions from around the world. This piece was commissioned by Dancin’Oxford and the Pegasus Theatre for Moving With The Times, 2018.
Myths and Visions
Henry Cowell – The voice of Lir, for piano [tone clusters] (1920)
Aeolian Harp, for piano strings (1923)
The Banshee, for piano strings (1925)
John Cage – Bacchanale, for prepared piano (1940)
Sara Carvalho – inside silence, for prepared piano and toy piano (2012)
Marisa Rezende – Miragem [Mirage], for piano and mallets (2009)
John Cage – A flower, for voice and closed piano (1950)
Performer: Késia Decoté
Movement director: Joëlle Pappas
Myths and Visions was originally conceived as part of Késia Decoté’s doctoral research at Oxford Brookes University. It combines piano performance with dance, offering an alternate experience of a classical music recital.
‘Késia Decoté takes bold risks both with her choice of repertoire and by challenging the conventions of piano performance, and she emerges triumphant.’
– Colin May, music writer (Nightshift, Oxford Times)
Making the most of my visit to Orkney, I will be joining an epic performance of Satie’s Vexations, organised by my dear friend Gemma McGregor.
The performance will be at the second floor of Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, starting at 10:30am and lasting all day long. Audience is welcome to come and go as they wish.
Can’t be more thrilled to be part of this!
One of those times that music brings friendship, and friendship brings more music…
I met Gemma through the Illuminate Women’s Music Project, when we played piano and flute pieces by historical women composers, and I played two of Gemma’s pieces as well.
A dear friendship came so instantly, enveloped by a lovely musical affinity, that we decided to enjoy it more, so I will travelling up north to play a piano and flute recital with her on the 14th June in Orkney!
We will be playing pieces by Lili Boulanger, Louise Marie Simon, Edmundo Villani-Côrtes, Julius Eastman, Marisa Rezende, Sarah Westwood, Carol J. Jones and Gemma McGregor herself.
It will be at 7:30pm, at Stromness Town Hall, tickets to be purchased on the door.