Sunday 17 Feb – Hivernales. piano, flute + cello concert



I am joining my dear friends Gemma McGregor (flute) and Bruno Guastalla (cello) in this Winter Sunday concert, surrounded by the beautiful gardens of the Maison Française d’Oxford.

The programme is framed by French music and its influences, and interweaved with works by UK-based composers (including premieres by two Oxford composers, and Gemma’s own beautiful music), as well as improvisations.

Sunday 17th February 2019, 3pm

Késia Decoté, piano
Gemma McGregor, flute
Bruno Guastalla Cello

Maison Française d’Oxford
2-10 Norham Rd, Oxford OX2 6SE


Lili Boulanger
Jill Elliott
Olivier Messiaen
Toru Takemitsu
Gemma McGregor
Sarah Westwood
Martin Hackett
John Lely

Fri 15 June – Vexations, in Orkney


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!


work by Barbara Hepworth at Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney.

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)


The Warehouse
14A Osney Lane

Tickets £10 at Eventbrite



‘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.


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


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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Oxford Improvisers invite Tom Jackson / Vid Drašler / Daniel Thompson


This Saturday 27th May, Oxford Improvisers invite Vid Drašler, Tom Jackson and Daniel Thompson. There will be some improvisations with the host group too, and I will be playing piano and maybe organ.

St Columba’s United Reformed Church,
Alfred Street,
Oxford OX1 4EH
Tickets £8 / £6 on the door

7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Vid Drašler, Tom Jackson and Daniel Thompson met for the first time in the spring of 2016 as part of the CRAM Records residency at FriForma in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During the residency the trio had the fortune to play and record as a trio in Vrhnika, Slovenia and immediately vowed to collaborate again.

Vid Drašler :

Tom Jackson : musictomjackson.comand

Daniel Thompson :


Sat 18 March – Xenia Pestova’s Non-Piano Concert

Pianist Xenia Pestova will play everything but the piano, presenting a wild mix of unconventional objects and sounds. The performance will include music by Helga Arias Parra for two aerospace engineers with prepared piano and live electronics, Ed Bennett for the Indian harmonium and drones, Christopher Fox for toy piano, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay for the ROLI Seaboard and fantastic world premieres from the participants of the first London Toy Piano Composition Workshop.

I will join Xenia on Omar Peracha‘s Colour Etude II, for 2 toy pianos and electronics.

This concert is part of the celebrations of #WorldToyPianoDay!

at Iklectik, ‘Old Paradise Yard’, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7 LG, London, UK

doors 8pm – music 8.30pm | £9/£6 concessions*

BUY TICKETS  (fees not apply) 

*concessions ID required 


Sat 11 March – Oxford Improvisers and Magliocchi/ Okamoto/ Northover


Sat 11 March, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The White House

Marcello Magliocchi (percussion, Italy), Maresuke Okamoto (contracello, Japan), Adrian Northover (saxophone, UK)

Featuring a renowned international ensemble playing in Oxford for the first time.

Plus members of Oxford Improvisers (me included, on toy piano & objects).

£8 / £6 on the door

Tue 21 February – Oxford Improvisers presents ‘Three Draft Pistons’ Waschmann/Taylor


As described on Oxford Improvisers‘ website: 

For our first event of the year we are excited to present a special performance by Philipp Wachsmann and Trevor Taylor. It will relate to a performance in the late 1970s called Three Draft Pistons (ref The Large Glass by Marcel Duchamp) using visuals, tape and live playing, adapted here to the smaller space and ‘now’. The evening will also feature performances by members of Oxford Improvisers (me included).

Tickets are available in advance and on the door.

Philipp Wachsmann has worked with improvisation, the violin and electronics since 1970. He has performed with many of the leading figures in improvised music and recorded for labels including Bead, ECM and FMR.

Trevor Taylor started FMR records in 1987. It became a leading label for improvised music and now has over 500 releases. He has been promoting music for 40 years as well as being a practising musician with 50 years experience.

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

Tickets : £9 / £6 

Door : 7:30, first performance 7:45


Sat 4 February – Xenia Pestova’s Toy Piano Workshop


On Saturday 4th February I played ‘Kalimba’ for toy piano and playback, piece by Karlheinz Essl, at Xenia Pestova‘s toy piano composition workshop at Iklectik. What a honour to work with Xenia, who I admire so much, and to meet such talented composers!

On the 18th March Xenia will be premiering the pieces those composers are writing for her, and I will join her in a toy piano duo on Omar Peracha‘s work. 8pm, £9/£6, at Iklectik. Save the date!

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Tue 13 December – Oxford Improvisers’ Year Ender



Tue 13 December
7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

The Loft Room @ The Old Fire Station

Oxford Improvisers’ traditional end of year gig/ party!

We’ll be playing some festive musical games and enjoying some nibbles and drinks with friends old and new – we do hope you can join us!

Free Entry!

The Old Fire Station
40 George Street – Oxford, OX1 2AQ, UK