Brazilian Composer, Performer, Writer & Educator Pedro de Alcantara
“Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration”
(voice, cello, piano, improvisations & compositions)
Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm
Brazilian native and Parisian resident renaissance man Pedro de Alcantara visits New York this fall to present “Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration” at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm. This program of original compositions and improvisations explores the frontier between the ordinary and the sacred in music, a place where nothing is as you expect it to be. The voice becomes a trumpet and beacon, the cello becomes a harp and a lute, and the piano becomes a resonating chapel of vibrations and oscillations.
Immediately following the concert, Pedro will be hosting a reception for his latest book, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, published by the Oxford University Press in June, 2011.
Location: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in New York
Tickets: $20 available at the door and via Brown Paper Tickets.
Directions to Tenri:
• F, V & L trains to 14th Street & 6th Avenue
• 1, 2, & 3 trains to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
• N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 14th Street-Union Square
About Pedro de Alcantara
Pedro de Alcantara has redefined the role of the creative artist for the 21st century, showing that music, literature, teaching, and healing all flow from a single source.
After growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Pedro studied at the State University of New York’s Purchase College (BFA in Music, 1981) and the Yale School of Music (MM in Music Performance, 1983). In 1986, while living in London, Pedro became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a problem-solving method based on the idea that good health is a creative act. In 1990 he moved to Paris, where he still lives.
Pedro’s first book, Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique, with a foreword by Sir Colin Davis, was published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in 1997. Its French version came out in 2000, followed by a German translation in 2002 and a Japanese version in 2009. Also in 1997, the French publisher Editions Dangles published his second book, La Technique Alexander: Principes et Pratique, which he wrote in French (his third language, Portuguese being his mother tongue). Afterwards he rewrote the book in English. Titled The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, it was published by the Crowood Press in England in 1999. A translation of A Skill for Life was published in Japan in 2011.
In 2008, Pedro was named the editor of a new book series at the OUP. Titled THE INTEGRATED MUSICIAN, the series highlights the musical philosophy he has developed over the past twenty-five years and will include volumes for string players, singers, pianists, and other musicians. In the fall of 2008, AlumniVentures, a new initiative at the Yale School of Music, awarded Pedro a grant to support the series’ dedicated website. Pedro’s first volume for the series, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound was published in the summer of 2011 to wide acclaim.
In the process of preparing Indirect Procedures, Pedro discovered a passion for writing itself. From this passion poured a number of works including poems, short stories, and novels for young readers. Befiddled, his first novel, was published in 2005 by Delacorte Press – an imprint of Random House. It tells the story of 13-year-old violinist Becky Cohen and her struggles against a mean teacher, an overburdened mother, and really bad hair. Delacorte Press published Pedro’s second novel in 2009. Backtracked is a time-travel epic of New York City, in which the vessel of time travel is the city’s subway system. Currently, Pedro is working on The Divine Computer, a new novel for young readers, as well as a manual for writers titled Rhythm & Flow in a Writer’s Career.
Pedro has given seminars and presentations throughout Europe and the US, as well as Australia and New Zealand. His forthcoming visit to Japan will include a class at Nihon University, the country’s largest and most prestigious university. Pedro’s music students include the members of first-rate orchestras like the Orchestre National de Lille, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many others. His teaching practice is broad-based and includes writers, artists, dancers, actors, and creative individuals in all fields.
Pedro’s compositions and improvisations highlight the vibrational and metaphysical aspects of music. He is currently preparing a CD of his works, scheduled for release in November, 2011. More details at: www.pedrodealcantara.com.