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

OX3 9DL

 

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Sat 15 July – EOCC Summer Concert with a flavour of Brazil

What a joy for me that my local choir, East Oxford Community Choir, is giving their Summer Concert 2017 a flavour of my loved home country Brazil!

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 Brazilian composers Marisa Rezende and Silvia Berg, and a piece by Portuguese composer Sara Carvalho for prepared piano and toy piano.

Also mezzo-soprano Julia Hollander will be singing pieces by Villa-Lobos.

Come to enjoy this Brazilian flavoured Summer evening with us!

Saturday 15 July 2017, 7:30pm

St Michael at the North Gate

Cornmarket Street

Oxford City Centre

Free, with retiring collection for Sanctuary Hosting

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myths & visions – piano (& body) performance

An extended piano performance, a journey to imaginary worlds and images.

I kindly invite you to join me in this performance when I will be playing a programme of works for extended piano techniques, all inspired by myths, imaginary landscapes and illusions.

In the journey we are taking, our bodies also take active roles: piano performance is blended with elements of dance; and the spectator/participant does the transition from outdoors to indoors within the experience of the performance, and swaps seats halfway through the programme.

This is the culmination of my PhD research, and I have the honour to have choreographer, teacher and dance artist Joëlle Pappas as my movement director.

The admission is free, but there are only 12 places per evening – booking is essencial.

Please email me at kesiadecote@gmail.com to book your seat, and to receive personalised information about meeting place and how to make the most of your experience.

Hope to have you with me in this very special [culmination of a] journey!

Wednesday 21st June – 9:15pm
Thursday 22nd June – 7:25pm
Friday 23rd June – 6:00pm
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Oxford, OX3 0BP

Programme (Duration: app. 50 min)

Prelude – piano and voice improvisation

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)

Obs: this event will be filmed for personal archive and research. If you have any objections to be filmed, please do not hesitate to mention it in your booking email. Also, I would love to have your anonymous written feedback at the end of the performance, but it is totally optional for you to give it or not. Finally, please be aware that the spectator will be asked to walk short distances at the beginning and halfway through the performance. If you have any mobility issues, please do let me know in your booking email, and I will make sure to offer you adequate support for your best experience possible.

Credits (with many thanks)

Késia Decoté (concept and performance), Joëlle Pappas (movement director), James Ball (lights), Charis and Ella (ushers), Stu Allsopp (photo documentation), Alex Newton (video documentation – Wednesday), John Twycross (video documentation – Thursday), Jéssica Frazão (video documentarist – Friday), Paul Medley (poster)

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Special thanks: CNPq (PhD sponsorship), Ray Lee (research 1st supervisor), Paul Whitty (research supervisor and SARU financial support), Joëlle Pappas (movement director), Marisa Rezende (composer), Sara Carvalho (composer), Cláudio Thompson and PhD colleagues for insightful feedback during the creative process, and priceless friendship throughout this journey.

Sat 03 September – Memórias [reais e imaginárias]: palestra e concerto em Vitória, Brasil

É com uma alegria sem tamanho que estou de volta na minha cidade natal para dar uma palestra, seguida de concerto solo de música contemporânea para piano e para piano de brinquedo!

Com produção caprichosa do Leo Bahia e do Matheus Oliveira, me apresento no belíssimo Teatro Carlos Gomes, às 19h começa a palestra, e às 20h começa o concerto. Na palestra, vou falar sobre a minha pesquisa de doutorado. E no concerto vou apresentar algumas ideias que ando explorando, de mesclar ações teatrais para “costurar” o programa, e algumas experimentações de gestos e luz.

O ingresso é somente 2 reais, e estudantes e idosos pagam meia – 1 real apenas! Mais informações aqui.

Espero ver muitos amigos antigos, e novos, nessa ocasião tão especial!

 

Memórias [reais e imaginárias]

Recital de música contemporânea para piano e piano de brinquedo/ performance

Késia Decoté – pianos

Programa

 Yfat Soul Zisso (Reino Unido) – Recollection, para piano de brinquedo (2015) * estreia no Brasil

Marisa Rezende (Brasil) – Ressonâncias (1983)

Efthymios Chatzigiannis (Grécia/ Reino Unido) – Auditory Rainbows, para piano e copos ressonantes (2010)

– Henry Cowell (EUA) – The Banshee, para cordas do piano (1925)

– Marisa Rezende (Brasil) – Miragem, para piano e baquetas (2009)

Silvia Berg (Brasil) – El sueño… el vuelo (2010)

Stephen Montague (EUA/ Reino Unido) – Almost a lullaby, para piano de brinquedo, caixinha de música e sinos de vento (2004)

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fotos: Stu Allsopp

Agradecimentos especiais: Cláudio Thompson, Leo Bahia, Matheus Oliveira, Charlene Bicalho, Beré, Ricardo Ton, Lia Tamara Có, Ernesto Piloto, Alci e Brasilina Rodrigues, FaMES, SecultES

 

Thurs 25 February – Contemporary Brazilian Music at Wesley Memorial

I am very happy to be back to the Lunchtime Concerts Series at Wesley Memorial Church for a solo performance on Thursday 25th February.

I will be playing piano and toy pianos pieces written by contemporary Brazilian composers.  Some of those composers are dear friends, some I have only been in touch by emails, but there is always a conversation, a personal connection behind each piece of this programme.

The entry is free, and it will be my pleasure to see you there!

12:45 – 1:30pm

Wesley Memorial Church

New Inn Hall Street
OXFORD, UK
OX1 2DH

Free entry

Programme

 1. Marisa Rezende – Ressonâncias [Resonances] (1983)

“Ressonâncias explores the resonance and timbre of the piano resonances by using the pedal through  each of its registers. It has a loose melodic line as its starting point, but evolves gradually with a more chord-like architecture. Ressonâncias is improvisatory in character, its notation suggests an implicit sense of rubato.”

2. Valéria Bonafé – Tátil [Tactile] (2007)

“In Tátil I thought my timing over. I tried to create a sound ambient composed by sparse events, seeking more of a spatial than a temporal type of listening. The rarified atmosphere and the extended time make everything transparent. Nothing hides. Each detail requires an intensive, localised listening. The piece feels flexible, moldable. I pictured a liquid piano.”

3. Gustavo Penha – Nenhum, Nenhuma [None, None] (2010)

“Nenhum, Nenhuma seeks to delineate an indefinite space, and then disturbs these limits until the point of breaking them. At this point of rupture, a new behaviour is established, and this then finds repose in the familiar spaces that were explored previously. These points of repose space are delineated by remembering past elements, now deformed by both time and memory.”

4. João Guilherme RipperCantilena [Song] (1989)

‘Cantilena’ is an old Portuguese word that means ‘short song, simple and delicate’. João Ripper’s Cantilena is dedicated to Beatriz, his daughter who was born a few months before he composed the work.

5. Daniel Moreira – Ludvan ven Beethowig, for two toy pianos and one player  (2009)

“Ludvan ven Beethowig is entirely build with materials extracted from the (in) famous prelude Für Elise from Beethoven and deconstructs this oversaturated monument leaving little place for identification. Unfulfilled expectations perpetrate the work and transform this object, which was once so intimate to us, into an odd, not always welcome, stranger. However, there are fugitive moments where this object regains its lost resemblance and we can feel ourselves once more in a safe, familiar place. These momentary – but ephemeral – pleasures are a source of relief and apparent satisfaction… but only because they will soon be abandoned.” The music score of Ludvan von Beethowig features the indication: “as a defective CD player…”

6. Silvia Berg – El sueño… el vuelo [The dream… the flight] (2010)

 “El sueño… el vuelo is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting ‘La Columna Rota’ and the architecture of her ‘Casa Azul’. The piece was written for the collection Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico, which has the Monarch butterfly as symbol, “as a potent metaphor for persistence and valour in a seemingly fragile body, as every year it migrates thousands of miles, finding its sanctuary in Mexico.”

*All notes were taken from the composers’ own comments, which were found in emails, music scores, personal websites and published articles.

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photo: Stu Allsopp (with many thanks)

 

 

Thurs 03 September – “para ela” & Música Contemporânea para piano e para piano de brinquedo

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photo: Stu Allsopp, 2015

Na quinta feira 03 de setembro eu terei a grande alegria de retornar para apresentar mais um recital na Série Música de Primeira, na Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro.

A primeira parte do programa será dedicada ao projeto “para ela”, que é uma proposta de usar o momento do recital de piano para pensarmos sobre as milhares de meninas que são traficadas e forçadas a se prostituir, todos os anos, em quase qualquer cidade do planeta. É o nosso grito de esperança de uma história mais bonita para ela, para cada uma de nossas meninas.

Na segunda parte do programa estarei tocando peças das compositoras brasileiras Silvia Berg (SP) e Marisa Rezende (RJ), e planejo encerrar a noite com uma peça do compositor americano Stephen Montague para piano de brinquedo (sim, eu trouxe meu novíssimo piano de brinquedo na bagagem, exclusivamente para esse concerto!).

Silvia Berg buscou inspiração no quadro La Columna Rota e na Casa Azul da artista mexicana Frida Kahlo para compor El sueño… el vuelo (2010). Esta peça é parte da coleção Canto de la Monarca: Mujeres en México, a qual tem a borboleta Monarca como símbolo de persistência e valor apesar de um corpo frágil, uma vez que esta borboleta voa todos os anos por milhares de quilômetros até encontrar o seu santuário no México.

Marisa Rezende explica que Miragem, de 2009, explora distorções que as sonoridades do teclado apresentam quando trabalhadas juntamente com ataques de baquetas nas cordas do instrumento, criando um jogo que parafraseia o título.

De acordo com Stephen Montague, a sua Almost a Lullaby [Quase uma canção de ninar], escrita em 2004 para piano de brinquedo, sinos de vento e caixinha de música,  segue algumas das características básicas de uma canção de ninar – compasso composto, dinâmica suave, linha melódica gentil e fluente… porém, pelo meio do caminho ela sai um pouco da rota, meio sonolenta, até finalmente cair em sono silencioso e tranquilo.

Esse concerto será uma oportunidade única de compartilhar um pouco do que pesquisei no primeiro dos meus três anos de doutorado na Oxford Brookes University com bolsa do CNPq, além de também ser um ótimo momento de matar a saudade dos amigos!

Espero te ver lá para viver essa noite emocionante comigo.

O concerto também é transmitido ao vivo pela internet no link: http://new.livestream.com/pibrj/smp

19h30 (BRT)

Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro

Rua Frei Caneca, 525

20211-020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

(Metrô Estácio)

Entrada Franca

Live streaming: http://new.livestream.com/pibrj/smp

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Thurs 23 July – “for her” and Brazilian Contemporary Music at Wesley Memorial

I am delighted to be back to the Lunchtime Concerts Series at Wesley Memorial Church for a solo performance on Thursday 23rd July.

I will have the pleasure to present my dear “for her” project, plus doing the first performance in the UK of works by two of the leading Brazilian contemporary composers: Silvia Berg and Marisa Rezende.

Silvia Berg’s El sueño… el vuelo is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting ‘La Columna Rota’ and the architecture of her ‘Casa Azul’. The piece was written for the collection Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico, which has the Monarch butterfly as symbol, as ‘a potent metaphor for persistence and valour in a seemingly fragile body, as every year it migrates thousands of miles, finding its sanctuary in Mexico’ (S.B.).

According to Marisa Rezende herself, her Mirage ‘explores distortions on the piano sonority by using piano extended techniques – percussing the strings of the piano with mallets, glissandi on strings, etc – alongside conventional keyboard playing, which paraphrases the title of the piece itself’. ‘It is like building a moment of doubt and anguish with its endless repetitions, and finally succeeding  in the search for paths only when one looks into another direction – perhaps towards oneself…” (M. L.)

I hope to see you there at the concert. And feel free to bring your little doll to join the others in the venue, if you wish.

Ah, it’s free!

12:45 – 1:30pm

Wesley Memorial Church

New Inn Hall Street
OXFORD, UK
OX1 2DH 

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poster: Andrea Triana (with many thanks)