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Joana Gama

In the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Erik Satie, the pianist Joana Gama marks the date with SATIE.150 - a celebration in the form of an umbrella concept - a tour which has taken the composer’s music throughout Portugal. In Serralves em Festa, Gama will make her first approach to Vexations, an enigmatic introspective work by Satie which is a kind of mantra. Discovered posthumously, this work consists of a one-page score with the indication "Very Slow” and the following note by the author: "This score is to be played 840 times in a row; it is advisable to be prepared in advance, in the greatest silence and the greatest immobility.” [Along with a bohemian life and a disconcerting humour, Satie had mystical and esoteric interests, and this composition clearly falls into this context.] The work’s premiere, which lasted about 18 hours, occurred in 1963, in New York, organised by John Cage: 11 pianists took turns playing until the work was finished. In this concert, which lasts approximately 40 minutes, we will hear 20 of the 840 "vexations”. In July, during the 6th edition of the Ephemeral Gardens, the pianist will play the work for several hours.

Partner: Shhpuma
Capacity: 250 people 


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Classic Music
04 Jun 2016 17:00 - 17:40