Sun 17 June – Resonant Bodies (‘Loci’ and ‘myths & visions’)

I will be joined by dear friends dancer and choreographer Joëlle Pappas and musician and composer Bruno Guastalla in a dance and music evening at beautiful The Abbey Sutton Courtenay.

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.

7pm

The Abbey Sutton Courtenay

The Abbey Sutton Courtenay
The Green
Sutton Courtenay
OX14 4AF

Suggested donation: £15

Programme

LOCI
‘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

Traits

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

Part I
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)
Part II
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)

RESONANT BODIES

 

image and poster by Bruno Guastalla

 

Anúncios

Thurs 14 June – ‘A room of her own’ (piano & flute)

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.

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Fri 08 June – Body & Music (‘Loci’ and ‘myths & visions’)

An evening of dance and music where I will be joined by dancer and choreographer Joëlle Pappas, musician and composer Bruno Guastalla and composer Sarah Westwood to bring you pieces inspired by puppetry, myths, visions, and cable cars.

I am so happy to open the evening a new trio piece especially devised for this show, with dear Joëlle and Bruno. I will also be performing my myths & visions (this can be your last chance to see this beloved beloved solo piano + dance show in central Oxford. Do come!)

More details of the programme are below, including Joëlle and Bruno’s beautiful duo, and Sarah’s enchanting solo.

This show is promoted by CARU | Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit and OCM, with support by SARU.

7pm (doors, 7:30 performance)

OVADA

The Warehouse
14A Osney Lane
Oxford
OX1 1NJ

Tickets £10 at Eventbrite

Programme

LOCI

‘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.

Piano: Késia Decoté

Dancer and Choreographer: Joëlle Pappas

Music and Soundscape: Bruno Guastalla

Cable Veins 2016

piano + electronics

Composer and performer: Sarah Westwood

Cable Veins was conceived after two moments: 1) watching a dancer/non-pianist playing across a piano before one of our rehearsals at Centre national de la danse, and 2) whilst taking a cable car ride. What struck me in both instances was the amount of movement seen verses the sounds heard; both the dancer and the whirring cogs of the machine making sound yet producing a more intricate movement. This was a quality I wanted to investigate, to create a ‘pianistic cog’ gesture, which in turn would create the sound. All in a meditative state.

Traits

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

Part I: Myths

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)

Part II: Visions

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)

BODY & MUSIC poster

 

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

7pm

The Pavilion at The Limes

Standlake, Oxfordshire OX29 7RH

Free entry (donations – preferably gift-aided)

 

Programme

PART I

– 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]

 

PART II

– 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)

KESIA FLYER 3.6.18 Music at The Limes

 

 

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

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Sat 16 Sept – St. John’s Smith Square Music Marathon

I am thrilled to be part of St. John’s Smith Square 12-hour Music Marathon 2017, on Saturday 16th September.

The event will be featuring concerts from 10am to 10pm, and my performance will be from 8:15pm to 8:45pm. I will be playing a beautiful and intriguing repertoire of pieces for piano and for toy piano written by contemporary women composers from Europe and the Americas. My programme is detailed below, and the full listing of performances you can find here: SJSSMarathon listing. For the Facebook event, please got to SJSSMarathon Facebook.

Come to join me! And to spread the word, please remember the hashtag #SJSSMarathon.

Free entry!

St. John’s Smith Square

Smith Square

SW1P 3HA

London, UK

16 Sept 10am to 10pm

*Késia’s performance: 8:15 to 8:45pm

Késia Decoté (piano, toy pianos) plays

Contemporary Piano Music by Women Composers

Linda Catlin-Smith (born 1957, USA/ Canada): A nocturne, for solo piano (1995)

Tatiana Catanzaro (born 1976, Brazil):

Kristallklavierexplosionsschattensplitter, for piano with extended techniques (2006)

Yfat Soul Zisso (born 1987, Israel/ UK): Recollection, for toy piano (2015)

Maria Kaoutzani (born 1993, Cyprus/ USA): Lilies, for piano and singing pianist (2016)

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image of my performance at the SJSS 24h-Music Marathon 2016

 

Sat 29 July – Liminality: 88 Keys Around the World

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I am very honoured to be doing a solo concert featuring a programme entirely of new music composed by talented young composers from the UK, Canada, Cyprus and Brazil.

I will be playing a fascinating repertoire of pieces for solo piano, piano with extended techniques, toy piano, toy piano + piano, piano + singing pianist.

This will be my very first concert in Birmingham, what makes it even more special. Do come, and please help to spread the word!

To see the Facebook event page, click here 

This concert is organised by Birmingham-based composer Max Gibson, with many thanks!

29 July 2017

7pm

Holy Trinity Parish Church

Church Mill, Mill St. 

B72 1TF

Sutton Coldfield

£5 (Adults)
£4 (Concession)
Free – Under 16s

Programme

Angela Slater (UK) – Becloud, for solo piano (2015)

Monica Pearce (Canada) – Smart Aleck, for toy piano (2011) *UK premiere

Michael Taplin (UK) – Forever Flowing Down Slowly (2015) *Premiere

Maria Kaoutzani (Cyprus) – Lilies, for piano and singing pianist (2016) *UK premiere

Max Gibson (UK) – Night over Berstane, (2017) *Premiere *Piece dedicated to Késia Decoté

Tatiana Catanzaro (Brazil) – Kristallklavierexplosionsschattensplitter, for solo piano (2006) *UK premiere

Max Gibson (UK) – …times when… all there is… , for solo piano (2017) *UK premiere *Piece dedicated to Késia Decoté

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Poster Credits: Anthony Leung & Caitlin Quinn