March/April – Illuminate UK tour

Illuminate Women’s Music is a project set by composer Dr Angela Slater, dedicated to promote the work of women composers and performers.

We, a group of women performers, will be performing works by women composers from the past and present, including pieces written especially for the project.

The dates and places that we will be playing are:

Thursday 08 March, 6pm: University of Goldsmiths, London SE14 6NW

Friday 09 March, 7:30: St. Michael’s at Northgate, Oxford OX1 3EY

Saturday 10 March, 11am: St. Mary’s Church, Stafford ST16 2AR

Saturday 10 March, 7:30pm: St. George’s Church, Birmingham B15 3DQ

Sunday 11 March, 2pm: Cardiff University Concert Hall, CF10 3EB

Friday 20 April, 7:30: St. Luke’s Church, Brighton BN2 9ZB

 

You can find everything about the project, including details of dates, places, ticket bookings, information about programmes, historical composers we will be playing works by,  the team of contemporary composers and performers, in the website of the project, here.

I am so proud to be part of this project, and I hope to see you in one or some of our concerts!

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18 December – guest toy piano at EOCC Christmas Concert

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In my last performance of 2017, I will be doing a solo toy piano participation in East Oxford Community Choir Christmas Concert.

I will play the works Kalimba and Listen Thing, by Karlheinz Essl.  Kalimba is a piece for toy piano and playback, a very interesting and beautiful work that pushes the boundaries of the toy piano in a very mesmerising way. Listen Thing, is a kind of scrabble with bits of a very popular Christmas carol, as you can try to figure out from the title itself 😉

The programme of the concert will be very varied, with solos, small ensembles, carols, and culminating with East Oxford Community Choir performing Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The entry is free, but donations will be welcome in aid of The Porch and Emerald Hill Children’s Home.

2017 has been such a great year, full of discoveries, challenges and joys. I hope to see you there, to celebrate it with me & musician friends!

18 December 2017, 7:30pm

St Mary & St John Church

Cowley Road, Oxford, UK. OX4 1QT

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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 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

 

 

 

 

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.

Weds 08 March – ‘HYPNAGOGIA’

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Festival Audiograft 2017  – Oxford’s Annual Festival of Experimental Music and Sonic Art

WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH AT 9PM

Headington Hill Hall

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A late evening performance by Késia Decoté (piano) & Bruno Guastalla (cello + bandoneon)

Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep.

Listening, falling asleep, reading a book, dreaming, being at a concert.

We encourage audience members to come and go as they please during the performance, sit, lie down or stand, according to their whims, bring cushions, blankets.

The programme includes works by Valéria Bonafé, Morton Feldman, Linda Catlin-Smith, Laurence Crane and others, and the UK premiere of ‘Byland’ by Nick Storring.

Free

Késia Decoté is a Brazilian pianist with a rich and diverse career, as a piano soloist, chamber music instrumentalist, musician in theatre productions, and as a member of Oxford Improvisers. Késia has performed concerts to great acclaim in cities including Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Vitória and São Paulo (Brazil), Aveiro (Portugal), Oxford and London (UK). Having a special affinity for contemporary music, she has premiered works by contemporary Brazilian and British composers. Késia is interested in exploring alternative ways to shape her piano recitals, incorporating concepts from theatre and visual arts. kesiadecote.wordpress.com

Bruno Guastalla‘s working life for many years has been as a maker and restorer of violins and cellos. He plays cello and bandoneon and writes music. Bruno tends to gravitate towards an ‘in-between’ improvisation, score, and experimentation. Recent projects: performance with Ryoko Akama, Jurg Frei, Manfred Werder (HCMF 2015); performances of new works by Lawrence Dunn in Cheltenham as part of Set Ensemble, and a piece by Joseph Currie with the Eyot Trio; collaboration with dancer Macarena Ortuzar (Iklectik Gallery London); and ongoing collaborations with Oxford Improvisers. brunoguastalla.net
IMAGE: PAUL KLEE ‘DREAM CITY’ (SOURCE: WIKI ART)
Késia’s photo credit: Stu Allsopp