Sun 03 June – ‘Candles’ – piano recital at Music at The Limes

In Candles – piano music by 20th and 21st century composers, I present a programme pairing works by masters of the 20th century – Schoenberg and Ruth Crawford-Seeger – with talents of the 21st century based in the UK – Michael Taplin, Yfat Soul Zisso, Angela Elizabeth Slater, Max Gibson and Maja Palser – wrapping up with music by Brazilian composer Marisa Rezende (who, in my view, offers a unique transition between those worlds).

This is new recital programme for me, which I have been discussing in collaboration with composers Michael Taplin and Yfat Soul Zisso. We have been caring to shed a light on beautiful works of unjustly underrepresented composers, such as Ruth Crawford-Seeger (who was such a pioneer in her time), and  Marisa Rezende (who is an icon in Brazilian Contemporary Music but still not largely performed in the UK). Also, of course we want to promote the works of these amazingly talented young composers, as well as curating a as much gender-balanced programme as we can.

The title of the recital borrows from a new piece that Michael is writing for me, and translates what I feel when I play this repertoire – these works come like little brief sparkles, ethereal little things, very delicate, volatile, yet vital and exquisite…

This recital is the beginning of a journey, which will culminate in a series of concerts in London, Oxford and Cardiff next Autumn. Make a note in your diary!

This recital is presented within the Music at the Limes Series, with donations collected in benefit of Exuberant-Trust for the support of young artists in Oxfordshire.

Sunday 03 June 2018


The Pavilion at The Limes

Standlake, Oxfordshire OX29 7RH

Free entry (donations – preferably gift-aided)




– A. Schoenberg (1874-1951) – 1. Light, tender [from Six little piano pieces Op. 19, 1911]

– Angela Elizabeth Slater (1989) – Night Mirrors (2017)

– A. Schoenberg – 2. Slow

                                3. Very slow [from Six little piano pieces Op. 19]

– Yfat Soul Zisso (1987) – Recollection, for toy piano (2015)

– A. Schoenberg – 4. Quick but light

                                5. Somewhat quick [from Six little piano pieces Op. 19]

– Max Gibson (1992) – times when… all there is… (2017)

– A. Schoenberg – 6. Very slow [from Six little piano pieces Op. 19]



– Ruth Crawford-Seeger (1901-1953) – 6. Andante Mystico

8. Leggiero

[from Four Preludes for Piano, 1927-28]

– Maja Palser (1984) – a cry (2015)

– Michael Taplin (1991) – Wax Candles (2018) [in six sections] *pre-premiere

– Marisa Rezende (1944) – Miragem [Mirage] (2009)

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Tue 15 May – Concert with Oxford Improvisers (special guest Marcio Mattos)


I am very happy to be part of the next Oxford Improvisers’ concert at The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station. These bimonthly performances are always a feast of creativity and good free music, frequently featuring great musicians from the improvisation scene across the world, alongside our brilliant Oxford Improvisers’ musicians.

This month, our special guest is Marcio Mattos: born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946 double bass ‘cello performer Marcio Mattos has, since coming to Europe in 1970 has performed, recorded and broadcast in Britain and abroad. Mattos has performed with a host of improvisers including Evan Parker, Derek Bailey’s Company, Marilyn Crispell, Dewey Redman, Georg Graewe, Chris Burn, John Butcher, Phil Minton, Martin Blume, Eddie Prévost and many more. He also trained as a Ceramic artist at Goldsmiths college and continues to make and exhibit work in clay.

This concert will be a special occasion for me, marking a special moment in my story in Oxford, and being part of the Oxford Improviser’s ‘family’.

Hope seeing you there to share this moment with us!

 7:45 – 10pm

Arts at the Old Fire Station
40 George Street

Tickets : £9 / £6 


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Thurs 19 April – myths & visions at Pegasus Theatre

I am so happy to be performing myths & visions – a piano (& body) performance again! It has been nearly an year when I had this project – which as a dream – coming true, and receiving such a warm response from all who were there with me!

myths & visions combine solo piano performance and dance, offering an alternative experience of a classical music recital. I will be playing works by Henry Cowell, John Cage, Sara Carvalho and Marisa Rezende.

This performance is part of Oxford Brookes OutBurst Festival, in an evening specially curated by CARU [Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit], making a double bill with the theatre play John Cage and Teeny Duchamp play chess in front of a Live Audience [Readymade Theatre – Austin Sherlaw-Johnson and Stavroula Kounadea].

Hope seeing you there!

Pegasus Theatre

Magdalene Road, OX4 1RE

Oxford, UK

Tickets £2.50/£1, online and on the door



Credit of Késia’s photo: Stu Allsopp

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Sat 31 March – Piano Day at Daylight Music Union Chapel

Daylight Music Piano Day 2018 will be celebrated at Union Chapel in a very special way:

Curated by the adventurous, contemporary pianist Xenia Pestova, the event showcases the instrument we know and love in a completely new light. Not one but THREE different pianos will compete for attention at Union Chapel, with performances by Eliza McCarthy, Sarah Nicolls, and Xenia Pestova. Then, in the between acts, myself and composer Omar Peracha will be performing toy piano, electronics, objects and all.

A lazy afternoon with music, tea and cake. An event for all ages. Produced by Arctic Circle. Pay-What-You-Can ticket on door (suggested donation £5.00). Midday – till 2.00pm.

at Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN, London, UK.

Facebook event here


March/April – Illuminate UK tour

Illuminate Women’s Music is a project set by composer Dr Angela Slater, dedicated to promote the work of women composers and performers.

We, a group of women performers, will be performing works by women composers from the past and present, including pieces written especially for the project.

The dates and places that we will be playing are:

Thursday 08 March, 6pm: University of Goldsmiths, London SE14 6NW

Friday 09 March, 7:30: St. Michael’s at Northgate, Oxford OX1 3EY

Saturday 10 March, 11am: St. Mary’s Church, Stafford ST16 2AR

Saturday 10 March, 7:30pm: St. George’s Church, Birmingham B15 3DQ

Sunday 11 March, 2pm: Cardiff University Concert Hall, CF10 3EB

Friday 20 April, 7:30: St. Luke’s Church, Brighton BN2 9ZB


You can find everything about the project, including details of dates, places, ticket bookings, information about programmes, historical composers we will be playing works by,  the team of contemporary composers and performers, in the website of the project, here.

I am so proud to be part of this project, and I hope to see you in one or some of our concerts!


18 December – guest toy piano at EOCC Christmas Concert



In my last performance of 2017, I will be doing a solo toy piano participation in East Oxford Community Choir Christmas Concert.

I will play the works Kalimba and Listen Thing, by Karlheinz Essl.  Kalimba is a piece for toy piano and playback, a very interesting and beautiful work that pushes the boundaries of the toy piano in a very mesmerising way. Listen Thing, is a kind of scrabble with bits of a very popular Christmas carol, as you can try to figure out from the title itself 😉

The programme of the concert will be very varied, with solos, small ensembles, carols, and culminating with East Oxford Community Choir performing Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The entry is free, but donations will be welcome in aid of The Porch and Emerald Hill Children’s Home.

2017 has been such a great year, full of discoveries, challenges and joys. I hope to see you there, to celebrate it with me & musician friends!

18 December 2017, 7:30pm

St Mary & St John Church

Cowley Road, Oxford, UK. OX4 1QT

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Sat 30 September – EOCC Concert with a flavour of Brazil

My local choir, East Oxford Community Choir, is giving their second Concert with a flavour of my loved home country Brazil, now at my doorstep in Oxford, in Headington neighbourhood!

East Oxford Community Choir will be singing pieces by Brazilian composers Villa-Lobos, Ernani Aguiar and Ronaldo Miranda, also a piece by Oxford-based composer Marguerite Wallis.

I will be playing solo piano pieces by contemporary women Brazilian composers Marisa Rezende, Tatiana Catanzaro and Silvia Berg. 

Also, we will have special guests Julia Hollander and Peter McMullin.

Come to enjoy this Brazilian flavoured Autumn evening with us!

Entry is free, with donations for Gerontius Amenity Funds, which provides health care for poor old people in Sierra Leone.

Saturday 30 September 2017, 7:30pm

St Andrews Church

Old Headington



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