Sat 16 May – Daylight Savings, online/Union Chapel London

Nota

On Saturday 16 May 2020 I had the joy to be featured in the first edition of Daylight Savings, with a newly released video of my performance of Marisa Rezende’s Miragem at Daylight Music in March 2019. Daylight Savings is the new virtual home of Daylight Music during the self-isolation period that we are in, due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

Daylight Savings
For the time being Daylight Music and its spiritual home of Islington’s Union Chapel can only exist in our collective experiences.

But what memories we have! Maybe you remember the bite of the crisp morning air, as you queue outside talking or nodding to friendly and familiar faces? Or maybe you recall entering the chapel and the earthy smell of the pews? The temptations of the merch desk? Sitting down taking in the vastness of the space and how music slowing seems to vibrate around and through you? Or just the comforting feeling of wrapping your hands around a warm mug of hot choc and letting the week’s worries drift away!

We cannot for the moment welcome you into our safe, family-friendly space, but we’d like you to re-imagine our musical club from the comfort of your own home starting this week with our new virtual Daylight Saving series.Join Daylight Music producer and introducer Ben Eshmade on a special curated journey each week into our archive with video new and old each Saturday, from midday to 2pm. We’d ask you to provide your own music, tea & cake for this journey and to contribute your thoughts, opinions and memories on twitter or Instagram via @daylight_music and #daylightmusic.

Credits
A big thank you to Foliage Films, Huske Media and the whole video team new and old for capturing these moments.

Daylight Savings 16.05.2020 Hour 1 playlist:

Sun 22 December – ‘Light, leve, luz’. Concert at The Abbey Sutton Courtenay

photo: Tiago Zortea

In Portuguese (my mother tongue), there are two different words for light; Leve meaning weightlessness and Luz meaning luminosity. In this programme, I am looking into exploring light in musical terms, referring to aspects of touch, state of being and luminosity .

The initial spark for this idea came when I was practicing Ruth Crawford’s Prelude n. 8 – Leggiero, and Schoenberg’s Little Piece Op. 19 n. 1 – Leicht, zart (Light, delicate), which are fast pieces exploring lightness of touch, and will integrate the first section of the concert.

In another section of the programme, I would like to reflect about lightness as an emotional state, as in John Palmer’s Shambhala, which refers to ‘an imaginary place of peace and happiness dwelt by enlightened people’.

Michael Taplin’s Wax Candles opens a new section in the programme connecting the theme of Leve/Luz both in regards to lightness of touch and light as a sonic colour, bringing these elements together in one piece.

The final part of the concert reflects on light as the luminous phenomenon, with Thomas Adès’ Darknesse Visible integrating this section with references to darkness, or an absence of light.

This concert is to honour the Winter Solstice, a time to renew hope with the return of light in longer days in the North Hemisphere.

This concert will be at the Great Hall at the beautiful Abbey Sutton Courtenay. Attendance is by donation at the concert. We suggest £15 for a concert of this quality but all are welcome and proceeds support the Abbey Sutton Courtenay, a registered charity. 8 – 25 years old attend free.

7:30pm
The Abbey Sutton Courtenay

The Green
Abingdon
OX14 4AF
tel: 01235 847401
email: admin@theabbey.uk.com
Directions here

light, leve, luz

Késia Decoté – piano & toy piano

PROGRAMME

[lightness of touch]

– Arnold Schoenberg  Leicht, zart (Light, delicate) – from Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19 (1911)
– Ben Gaunt – Light Spellsphere, for toy piano (2019)
– Ruth Crawford-Seeger –  Preludes 8 (Leggiero), for piano (1924)

[lightness of being]

– Yfat Soul Zisso – Para a frente, for toy piano (2018) 
– John Palmer – Shambhala, for piano (1990)
– Silvia Berg – El sueño… el vuelo, for piano (2010)

[light – luz]

– Michael Taplin – Wax Candles, for piano (2018)
– Yfat Soul Zisso – Full Moon, for toy piano (2019)
– Max Gibson – Night over Berstane, for toy piano & piano (2017)
– Thomas Adès – Darknesse Visible, for piano(1992)
– Marisa Rezende – Miragem, for piano (2009)

Many special thanks to Charlotte Lepport, Dylan Thomas, Michael Taplin, Yfat Soul Zisso, Graham Stabler, Bruno Guastalla and Benoît Mangili.

QUI 07 Nov – Música de Compositoras para Piano & Piano de Brinquedo, Série Música de Primeira, Rio de Janeiro

Nota

photo: Phil Barnes
(English below)

Na quinta-feira 07 de novembro eu retorno à Série Música de Primeira, na Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro, apresentando um programa de obras para piano e para piano de brinquedo escritas por compositoras brasileiras e internacionais atuais.

As obras do repertório são inspiradas em elementos do espaço sideral, da natureza e memórias pessoais. E ainda tenho a honra de fazer a estreia de uma obra para piano de brinquedo escrita por Yfat Soul Zisso para mim esse semestre.

Série Música de Primeira existe há 10 anos, sendo uma das séries mais estáveis na música de concerto no Brasil. A série apresenta concertos de alta qualidade toda primeira quinta-feira do mês, e é uma iniciativa da OPIB – Orquestra da Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro, desenvolvida juntamente com o Ministério de Música da Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro. A SMP possui como diferenciais a entrada gratuita, a possibilidade de interação com os concertistas após o concerto e ainda a transmissão ao vivo e em alta resolução, via internet.

Agradecimentos mais que especiais à equipe de coordenação da Série Música de Primeira: Corino Decotelli, Eduardo Transcoveski, Elber Ramos, Ivan Klavin, Nilson Coelho.

Série Música de Primeira – Temporada XI, Concerto 106
KÉSIA DECOTÉ – Piano e Piano de Brinquedo
Data: 07 de novembro de 2019, quinta-feira
Horário: 19:30h
ENTRADA FRANCA
Local: Primeira Igreja Batista do Rio de Janeiro (Tel.: 2197-0900)
Rua Frei Caneca, 525 – Estácio (Em frente ao Hospital da Polícia Militar)
De Metrô, acesso pela estação Estácio ou Pça. XI
Vagas para 20 carros no pátio da Igreja, sem exclusividade
Transmissão ao vivo:
www.pibrj.org.br
www.facebook.com/pibrjoficial
www.youtube.com/pibrjTV
Acompanhe a Série Música de Primeira: www.musicadeprimeira.wordpress.com

PROGRAMA

  • Kaija Saariaho (Finlândia/França): Ballade, para piano (2009)
  • Yfat Soul Zisso (Israel/Reino Unido): Para a frente, para piano de brinquedo (2018)
  • Emily Doolittle (Canadá/Reino Unido): Gliese 581c, para piano (2008) 
  • Yfat Soul Zisso: Full Moonpara piano de brinquedo (2019) *estreia mundial
  • Angela Elisabeth Slater (Reino Unido): Night Mirrors, para piano (2017)
  • Yfat Soul Zisso: Recollection, para piano de brinquedo (2015)
  • Tatiana Catanzaro (Brasil): kristallklavierexplosionsschattensplitter, para piano (2006)
  • Silvia Berg (Brasil): El Sueño… el vuelo, para piano (2010)
  • Sara Carvalho (Portugal): inside silence, para piano preparado e piano de brinquedo (2012)
  • Maria Kaoutzani (Chipre/EUA): Lilies, para piano e pianista cantante (2017)
  • Marisa Rezende (Brasil): Miragem, para piano (2009)

On Thursday 07 November I play at Serie Música de Primeira to present a programme of piano and toy piano works written by women composers from Brazil, North America and Europe. Those works have been inspired by elements from the universe, nature and personal memories. I am especially thrilled to give the world premiere of a new toy piano work just written for me by Yfat Soul Zisso.

I am very honoured to return to Serie Música de Primeira, which is one of the most establish series of classical music in Brazil. Among the unique aspects of this series, is the live streaming through internet channels:

www.pibrj.org.br
www.facebook.com/pibrjoficial
www.youtube.com/pibrjTV

(it starts 7:30pm, Brasília time)

QUA 11 Setembro – Música de Compositoras para Piano & Piano de Brinquedo, CCBB Rio

É com imensa alegria que apresento nessa quarta-feira um recital solo, com um programa que apresenta várias facetas da expressão musical, e do piano em si, em obras escritas por compositoras atuais.

Interpretação de elementos do universo através da música, expressão de reflexões sobre memórias, sentimentos de desespero e também esperança, diálogos poéticos com nossas experiências da natureza indo ainda mais além na exploração do universo sonoro do piano.

CCBB Rio de Janeiro, 11 de setembro de 2019. Entrada Franca

Wednesday 11th September I am playing solo, a recital with works by amazing women composers Kaija Saariaho, Yfat Soul Zisso, Emily Doolittle, Angela Elisabeth Slater, Tatiana Catanzaro, Silvia Berg, Sara Carvalho, Maria Kaoutzani e Marisa Rezende. This is a concert which brings different ways to express impressions from the universe, our thoughts, and nature itself, through music. It will be at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PROGRAMA

– Kaija Saariaho (Finlândia/França): Ballade, para piano (2009)
– Yfat Soul Zisso (Israel/Reino Unido): Para a frente, para piano de brinquedo (2018)

– Emily Doolittle (Canadá/Reino Unido): Gliese 581c, para piano (2008) *estreia no Brasil
– Angela Elisabeth Slater (Reino Unido): Night Mirrors, para piano (2017)

– Yfat Soul Zisso: Recollection, para piano de brinquedo (2015)
– Tatiana Catanzaro (Brasil): kristallklavierexplosionsschattensplitter, para piano (2006)
– Silvia Berg (Brasil): El Sueño… el vuelo, para piano (2010)

– Sara Carvalho (Portugal): inside silence, para piano preparado e piano de brinquedo (2012)
– Maria Kaoutzani (Chipre/EUA): Lilies, para piano e pianista cantante (2017)
– Marisa Rezende (Brasil): Miragem, para piano (2009)

20 Agosto – Concerto ‘Music by my friends’ na UniRio, Brasil

Amanhã, terça-feira 20/08, eu toco no Instituto Villa-Lobos UniRio, dividindo a noite com a talentosíssima Jessica Marinho

Vai ser uma noite de diálogos entre música e afetos, amizade na e através da música de hoje. 

Eu toco o programa MusicByMyFriends, feito de peças para piano e para piano de brinquedo que surgiram a partir de, e que geraram amizades, escritas por Yfat Soul Zisso, Michael Taplin, Angela Elisabeth SlaterOmar Peracha e Marisa Rezende.

20h, grátis!!!

🇬🇧 tomorrow I play at UniRio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, presenting my project Music by my friends – music that came from/originated friendships. I will be sharing the evening with composer/flutist Jessica Marinho and her guests, in a concert dedicated to reflections on affection through/in music. 

Curadoria: Paulo Dantas

Facebook event

PROGRAMA:

Music by my friends
música para piano & piano de brinquedo

– Yfat Soul Zisso (Israel/Reino Unido): Para frente*, para piano de brinquedo, 2018

– Michael Taplin (Reino Unido): Wax Candles*, para piano, 2018

– Angela Elisabeth Slater (Reino Unido): Night Mirrors*, para piano, 2017

– Omar Peracha (Reino Unido): Colour Etude II*, para um ou dois pianos de brinquedo e eletrônica iOS, 2017

– Marisa Rezende (Brasil): Miragem, para piano, 2009.

*Obras dedicadas a Késia Decoté, estreia no Brasil.

Fri 10 Aug – Késia Decoté + Dog Days of Summer (Allison Cameron/Kurt Newman) at Array Music, Toronto, Canadá

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.

This concert is promoted by Riparian Acoustics in partnership with Arraymusic, and this is how they describe the event:

Késia Decoté – piano
with
Dog Days of Summer (Allison Cameron and Kurt Newman)

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.

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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

 

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

 

 

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

7pm

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Credit of Késia’s photo: Stu Allsopp

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