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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:

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The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts proudly extends its musical series Music and Música to the fall thanks to a warmly received and successful summer series debut. Music and Música is a riveting union of Brazilian and American musical cultures. Designed to tip the hat to the long-term musical engagement between these two countries with evermore possibilities to continue thriving and growing, this series celebrates traditional styles as well as new works for the 21st century. This fall, BEA presents diverse artistry from Rubens Salles, Rogerio Souza, Pedro de Alcantara, Immanuel Davis, Käthe Jarka, Stephen Gosling, João Paulo Figueroa, The Sylvanus Ensemble featuring works of Phil Salathé, João Kouyoundjian, Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble, Englewinds Ensemble, the João MacDowell Trio and a CD release party for American composer Frank Brickle’s Ab nou cor featuring the Cygnus Ensemble, sopranos Elizabeth Farnum and Haleh Abghari with actor, Paul Hecht.

Location:  The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts

240 East 52nd Street (closer to 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY

Tickets: $15 and $10 (Students and BEA members)
Subways: 6 to 51st Street; M and E to 53rd Street

BEA Executive Production:
Alcinda Saphira, Fernanda Pereira, Raquel Fernandes, Gustavo Braga & Ângela Reis

Co-Artistic Directors & Public Relations:
Fernanda Pereira & Alanna Stone

BEA is a nonprofit organization that supports Brazilian arts and promotes cultural exchange between Brazil and other countries.

For more information: or 212-371-1556.

Program for Friday, September 30th, 2011

Pedro de Alcantara, composer, cellist and pianist presents
his own works:

Pau Brasil
In the Japanese Garden
Trek to Lhasa
I’ll Always Be There For You

Immanuel Davis, flute
Käthe Jarka, cello
Stephen Gosling, piano

Assobio a Játo (1950)    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
for flute and cello
Allegro non troppo

Sonatine (1947)     M. Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993)

Pedro de Alcantara has long traveled between countries and between creative domains. After growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, he studied music in New York and at Yale University. Following his American sojourn he lived in London for seven years, where he trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a problem-solving method based on the idea that good health is a creative act. He’s the author of Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide To The Alexander Technique and Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, both published by the Oxford University Press. His books also include the children’s novels Backtracked and Befiddled, published by Random House.

Flutist Immanuel Davis is a highly versatile performer who enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire, from the baroque to the contemporary. He has performed as a recitalist and master class teacher worldwide, including in Japan, Norway, Mexico and Colombia. He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician at Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, MoMa’s Summer Garden Series, Noonday Concerts at Trinity Church, and the Meet the Virtuoso series at the 92nd St Y. Orchestral work has included performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Mr. Davis has also played on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Show Boat and Ragtime, among others. Immanuel released his first CD, Prevailing Winds in December of 2003.

In 2005, Immanuel was a recipient of a Fulbright Grant for study of baroque flute with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Since then he has performed as a baroque flutist with early music ensembles ARTEK, The Bach Society, Lyra Baroque, Early Music New York, and several times in recital with Barthold Kuijken.

In February 2011, Immanuel released “On a Clear Morning”, a recording of works by Philippe Gaubert, performed on Period French Instruments.

Educated at the Juilliard School, Mr. Davis received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Julius Baker. Immanuel Davis has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001.

Cellist Käthe Jarka has performed to critical acclaim in major concert venues across the United States, Canada, and in Europe as a recitalist and chamber musician. She has collaborated with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Ruth Laredo, Grant Johannesen, Donald Weilerstein, and the Juilliard Quartet, and has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival. As a member of the Shanghai Quartet, she toured extensively, appearing at the Tanglewood, Norfolk, and Ravinia festivals, among others.

Pianist Stephen Gosling enjoys a varied career as soloist and chamber musician with a particular focus on the music of our time. He is currently a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, Manhattan Sinfonietta, American Modern Ensemble, and Ne(x)tworks. He is additionally a frequent guest of many other groups, including the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bang on a Can, and Absolute Ensemble. His work has garnered consistent critical acclaim, and he was profiled by The New York Times in October of 2005. Gosling earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School.

Next concerts:

October 7th – João Paulo Figueroa (Classical guitar concert)

October 21st – Sylvanus Ensemble presents Phil Salathé and other composers (Classical and New Music)

*October 25th – Cygnus Ensemble presents selections from Ab nou cor, music of Frank Brickle. CD Release party – (Classical and New Music)
*Free event

November 4th – João Kouyoumdjian (Classical guitar concert)

November 11th – Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble:
“An Intimate Evening of Brazilian Inspired Music” (Jazz)

November 18th – Englewinds Ensemble (Classical and New Music)

December 2nd – João MacDowell Trio (New MPB)

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