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.

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

Nota

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.

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.

Music by my friends

‘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 info@kesiadecote.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.

Hope seeing you soon!

 

Programme includes

– ‘Light Spellsphere’, by Ben Gaunt (world premiere)
– ‘Night Mirrors’, by Angela Elizabeth Slater Composer
– ‘Para a frente’ for toy piano, by Yfat Soul Zisso – Composer and Singer
– ‘Wax Candles’, by Michael Taplin – Composer
– ‘Peça para piano, by Paulo Dantas
– ‘Colour Etude II’ for toy piano and electronics, by Omar Peracha
– ‘Night over Berstane’ for toy piano and piano, by Max Gibson
– ‘Bonsho’ by James Albany Hoyle
– ‘Piano piece for Késia’ for piano and recorded sounds, by Austin Sherlaw-Johnson
– ‘Three pages for a pianist (for KD)’, by Martin Hackett
– (title tbc), by Daniel Puig
– ‘… times when… all there is…’ by Max Gibson

Many thanks to composers: Angela Elizabeth Slater, Austin Sherlaw-Johnson, Ben Gaunt, Daniel Puig, James Albany Hoyle, Martin Hackett, Max Gibson, Michael Taplin, Omar Peracha, Paulo Dantas, Yfat Soul Zisso

19, 20 Sept/ 02, 05 Oct – ‘Candles’, piano music by 20th & 21st century composers

* London – 19 Sept * Oxford – 20 Sept * Cardiff – 02 Oct * London – 05 Oct *

In this series of concerts, I am very delighted to present a programme pairing music by masters of the 20th century (Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Arnold Schoenberg) with talents of the 21st century based in the UK (Michael Taplin, Yfat Soul Zisso, James Albany Hoyle, Nathan Dearden, Maja Palser and Omar Peracha) and linking those worlds with the distinctive music of Kaija Saariaho and Jocy de Oliveira.

I have been curating this programme in collaboration with composers Michael Taplin and Yfat Soul Zisso, and we have been specially caring to shed a light on unfairly underperformed female composers such as Ruth Crawford-Seeger and Jocy de Oliveira. And, supporting the work of such talented emerging composers, I am very happy to have the honour to premiere the works that Michael Taplin, Yfat Soul Zisso and James Hoyle have written especially for me in this series.

The title of the recital borrows from Michael’s piece, and communicates the essence of the works of this repertoire – little brief sparkles, ethereal, very delicate, volatile, yet exquisite and vital.

We are very grateful to the RVW Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation for the support to this series. Also very special thanks to Prof. Eric Clarke (Wadham College, Oxford) and Bruno Guastalla.

Details of dates are below. I hope to see you in one or more of these dates!

Candles – piano music by 20th and 21st century composers

Wednesday 19 September, 1:05pm: St. Dunstan-in-the West Church, 186a Fleet Street, London EC4A 2HR (Free)

Thursday 20 September, 7:30pm: Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SB (£8 on the door)

Tuesday 02 October, 7pm: Cardiff University Concert Hall, 31 Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB (£5/ free for students & under 18)

Friday 05 October, 1:05pm: St. John’s Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY (Free)

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Photo: Stu Allsopp

Poster: Bruno Guastalla