This Friday 06 November, Para a frente, my debut EP with Nonclassicalis released!
Interweaving evocative piano lines with whimsical toy piano and pulsing electronics, the EP celebrates Decoté’s close collaborations with emerging composers. Taking its name from Yfat Soul Zisso‘s playful fragment for toy piano, Para a frente includes works by composers Michael Taplin, Angela E Slater, Omar Peracha and Max Gibson. (Nonclassical)
Recordings are from a concert at The Holywell Music Room in Oxford last year and from a studio session at Studio Sinal Music in Brasília this year, with additional mixing by Gabriel Prokofiev.
I am really thrilled to share this amazing music which means so much to me, and through this awesome label!
Digital album available through Bandcamp.
Order your copy, enjoy, and let me know your thoughts!
Very special thanks to Bruno Guastalla for the live recordings and image of the album cover, Antonio Martins Neto for the promotional photos, and Xenia Pestova Bennett for the key encouragement, always! 💙
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.
– 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.
‘The best thing of music is the people it brings to our lives’ (Egberto Gismonti, in a conversation).
Over the years I have been having the pleasure to have piano and toy piano works composed for me. Some times, we were friends then the composer decided to write a piece for me, some times, the composer first wrote the music, then the friendship followed the work…
In this series of concerts I will be playing a programme all made of these pieces written for me. They are going to be intimate concerts, a celebration of these encounters and friendships that music brings to us.
The first concert of the series happened in Birmingham on Saturday 23rd March.
Next dates are:
Thursday 16th May, 7:30pm at the Gamelan Room LSO St Luke’s, London (161 Old St, London EC1V 9NG. Entrance via the Artist’s door). Free, but booking is required. Tickets bookings here or through email email@example.com. Facebook event here.
Friday 24th May, 7:30pm at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford OX1 3SD. £8 on the door. Facebook event here
More dates to follow later in the year in Rio de Janeiro.
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]