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)

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 16 Sept – St. John’s Smith Square Music Marathon

I am thrilled to be part of St. John’s Smith Square 12-hour Music Marathon 2017, on Saturday 16th September.

The event will be featuring concerts from 10am to 10pm, and my performance will be from 8:15pm to 8:45pm. I will be playing a beautiful and intriguing repertoire of pieces for piano and for toy piano written by contemporary women composers from Europe and the Americas. My programme is detailed below, and the full listing of performances you can find here: SJSSMarathon listing. For the Facebook event, please got to SJSSMarathon Facebook.

Come to join me! And to spread the word, please remember the hashtag #SJSSMarathon.

Free entry!

St. John’s Smith Square

Smith Square

SW1P 3HA

London, UK

16 Sept 10am to 10pm

*Késia’s performance: 8:15 to 8:45pm

Késia Decoté (piano, toy pianos) plays

Contemporary Piano Music by Women Composers

Linda Catlin-Smith (born 1957, USA/ Canada): A nocturne, for solo piano (1995)

Tatiana Catanzaro (born 1976, Brazil):

Kristallklavierexplosionsschattensplitter, for piano with extended techniques (2006)

Yfat Soul Zisso (born 1987, Israel/ UK): Recollection, for toy piano (2015)

Maria Kaoutzani (born 1993, Cyprus/ USA): Lilies, for piano and singing pianist (2016)

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image of my performance at the SJSS 24h-Music Marathon 2016

 

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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Sun 18 Sept – St. John’s Smith Square Music Marathon

This weekend St. John’s Smith Square is hosting 24 hours of  non-stop performance, open rehearsal, workshops and more. And I am thrilled to be part of it! I will be playing from 3am to 3:30am, a solo programme of contemporary Brazilian music for piano and for toy pianos. My programme is detailed below, and the full listing of performances you can find here: SJSSMarathon listing. For the Facebook event, please got to SJSSMarathon Facebook.

That will be an unique experience and, if you can come to join me, the Night Tube will be running to make it easier to get there! And to spread the word, please remember the hashtag #SJSSMarathon.

Free entry!

St. John’s Smith Square

Smith Square

SW1P 3HA

London, UK

17 Sept 10am to 18Sept 10am

*Késia’s performance: 3 to 3:30am

Késia Decoté (piano, toy pianos) plays

Contemporary Brazilian Music for piano, and for toy pianos

Programme

Marisa Rezende – Miragem (Mirage), 2009

Mirage explores distortions on the piano sonority, as paraphrasing the title, by using piano extended techniques (percussing the strings of the piano with mallets, glissangi on strings, etc) alongside conventional keyboard playing. ‘It is like building a moment of doubt and anguish with its endless repetitions, and only succeeding in the search for paths when one looks into another direction – perhaps towards oneself

Valéria Bonafé – Tátil (Tactile), 2007

In Tátil, Valéria Bonafé thought her 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.”

Daniel MoreiraLudvan 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…”

Silvia BergEl 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: emails, music scores, personal websites and published articles

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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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arte: Matheus Oliveira. foto: Pier Corona

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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

 

Agosto/ Setembro – concert and academic presentations in Brazil

Nota

É com alegria imensa que estarei realizando uma série de atividades pelas próximas 3 semanas em meu querido país Brasil!

  • 03 de setembro: palestra e concerto no Teatro Carlos Gomes, em Vitória, ES. Mais informações aqui.

 

Agradecimentos especiais à minha agência financiadora – CNPq, pelo apoio essencial, e pela autorização para o meu retorno ao Brasil para realizar essas atividades.

Sat 27 February – Carnival Press (Brazilian poetry) at Albion Beatnik

Nota

I am playing tonight, 27th February at The Albion Beatnik Bookshop, in an evening of poetry readings.

Brazilian poets Rosane Carneiro and Virna Teixeira will be reading selections of their poems, and I will be playing some Brazilian piano music (Villa-Lobos, Claudio Santoro, João Guilherme Ripper and Silvia Berg).

 

7:30pm

The Albion Beatnik

34 Walton Street, OX2 6AA Oxford, Oxfordshire

£2

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