Fri 07 May – Presentation at Nova Contemporary Music Meeting

🇬🇧 Today 2pm (Lisbon time) I will be speaking at Nova Contemporary Music Meeting about 3 online performances that I did last year, and sharing some thoughts that I had from those experiences.

It includes that day of improvisations given through WhatsApp, that Piano miniatura YouTube concert, and that Full Moon Instagram live.

At CESEM YouTube channel.

🇧🇷 Hoje às 14h (horário de Lisboa) eu vou falar no Nova Contemporary Music Meeting sobre 3 performances online que eu fiz no ano passado, e compartilhar alguns pensamentos sobre essas experiências.

Isso inclui aquele dia de improvisações através do WhatsApp, aquele concerto no YouTube ‘Piano miniatura’ e aquela live no Instagram, ‘Full Moon’.

No canal do CESEM no YouTube.

Sat 19 December – The Listening Room

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This Saturday I will be the special guest at The Listening Room, a free improvisation Youtube live stream event organised by Phil Morton and his house ensemble.

Starting at 2:30pm (UTC) with a duo:
NICK BRANTON, reeds
PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatments

Following with my solo – piano & toy pianos
Then a duo of myself and MARTIN HACKETT, korg ms

And finishing with a nice quartet
KÉSIA DECOTÉ, piano. toy piano
MARTIN HACKETT, korg ms
NICK BRANTON, reeds
PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatments

Késia Decoté. Photo: Antonio Martins Neto

Sun 06 December – ‘Piano miniaturas: video-concert’ première

Early this year, when I was in self-isolation in Brasília due to the coronavirus pandemic, I started thinking about miniatures. 

In a way, our homes became our universes in miniature. We spend so much time in the same old spaces with the same old objects, that they may start to become new. Suddenly, we have so much – and so little – time in our hands. 

I also wanted to explore ways to share piano music, taking advantage of possibilities of the video format. 

‘Piano miniaturas’ is a kind of video-piano-recital, with images collected within my then apartment over those months, and music which I recorded during the day of 23 May 2020, acknowledging all the environment noises and the passing of time in one day in this context of pandemic self-isolation.  

With music by Charlotte Botterill, Yfat Soul Zisso, & Erik Satie. 

You can watch it from Sunday 06 December, 4pm (UK time), on Youtube.

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Na primeira metade desse ano, enquanto eu estava em isolamento em Brasília por causa da pandemia coronavírus, eu comecei a pensar em minuaturas.

De certa forma, nossas casas se tornaram nossos universos em miniatura. Passamos tanto tempo dentro dos mesmos velhos espaços com os mesmos velhos objetos, que de repente eles se revelam novos. Temos tanto – e tão pouco – tempo em nossas mãos.

Esse período foi também uma oportunidade de experimentar outras formas de compartilhar música ao piano, explorando possibilidades do formato de video.

‘Piano miniaturas’ é uma espécie de video-recital, com imagens coletadas de dentro do meu então apartamento durante os primeiros meses de isolamento, combinadas com gravações ao piano realizadas durante o dia 23/05/2020, reconhecendo o barulho e o passar do tempo em um dia típico desse contexto de isolamento em pandemia.

Música de Charlotte Botterill, Yfat Soul Zisso, & Erik Satie. 

Você pode assistir a partir de domingo 06 de dezembro, 13h (hora de Brasília), no meu canal no Youtube.

Mon 23 November – ‘Wordplay’ with Oxford Improvisers

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In an evening spotlighting the spoken word, Oxford Improvisers worked with poems by Maggie Goren and Rosalind Bleach and explore the sonic properties of a single word in a piece by Jill Elliott. Live streamed through Oxford Improvisers Youtube channel.

I did a 2 minutes solo interlude on piano + toy pianos pianos.

Fri 06 November – ‘Para a frente’ EP Release!

This Friday 06 November, Para a frente, my debut EP with Nonclassical is 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 TaplinAngela E SlaterOmar 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! 💙

Friday 30 October – Full moon: toy piano | electric piano mini-live

A quasi-spooky little performance for you on this full-moon-nearly-halloween Friday.

Music for toy piano, piano, & electric piano by Yfat Soul Zisso , Ben Gaunt , John Cage & Stephen Montague

9:13pm (GMT) / 18h13 (BRT), on my instagram

@kesiadecote

Lua cheia, fantasmas e (quase) canções de ninar…uma pequena performance nessa sexta-feira véspera de halloween.

Música para piano, piano de brinquedo, & piano elétrico, de John Cage, Yfat Soul Zisso, Ben Gaunt & Stephen Montague.18h13 (hora de Brasília), no meu instagram.

Images do poster: Fausto Motta / Antonio Martins Neto

Sexta-feira 16 Outubro: Toy | Electric | Piano mini-live

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No início do ano eu me mudei temporariamente para Brasília para dar aulas na universidade. A pandemia aconteceu, e acabou que as atividades acadêmicas não ocorreram como planejado. Esse foi então um período de isolamento nesse pequeno apartamento na Asa Norte, um período de experimentações criativas, reflexões, reinvenções, e muita espera.Na véspera da minha mudança do apartamento e da cidade , gostaria de concluir esse “capítulo” tocando música que fez parte desse período da minha vida.

Sexta-feira 16/10, meio-dia, por meia hora somente, no meu Instagram.

“Quando lembramos das horas que passamos naqueles cantos, lembramos acima de tudo do silêncio, o silêncio dos nossos pensamentos” (G. Bachelard)

Peças para toy piano e para piano elétrico de Ben Gaunt, Charlotte Botterill, Yfat Soul Zisso, & improvisações.

Mon 23 July – Invented Freedoms II with Oxford Improvisers

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LIVE BROADCAST 8:30pm BST HERE

Online performance to be presented via the Oxford Improvisers Youtube Channel.

with special guest Viv Corringham live from New York.

Also featuring Paul Medley photos from the series ‘The Impossibility of Flight

Sunday 17 May – Lockdown Vexations

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This Sunday 17 May I am participating in the Lockdown Vexations project!

Artist Kathy Hinde has collected recordings of people from around the world playing one cycle of Erik Satie’s Vexations. These performances will be put together randomly by software programmed by Matthew Olden, to make the 840 repetitions as instructed by Satie, and live streamed from 12noon (GMT).

This is to celebrate Erik Satie’s birthday, who would be turning 154 years old today.

Go to https://satievexations.art/live-stream for the link of the live streaming.

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.