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Composer, pianist and multi-instrumentals Joana Sa gives voice to texts by Goncalo M. Tavares as read by Rosinda Costa, where the text organizes the thoughts that filter the multiple, disorderly, eccentric, voluble mind described in Tavares' work.
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Catalog ID: SHH006
Squidco Product Code: 20396
Packaging: Handmade, line gatefold with hand stitched, fold out pages and cardboard CD sleeve
Recorded at DECA Auditory, Universidade de Aveiro in March, 2013.
Joana Sa-composer, piano, prepared piano, bells, sirens, toy piano, noises, effects, harmonium, flexible tubes
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"Born in Lisbon in 1979, pianist, composer and improviser Joana Sá works in the field of new music/contemporary classical music. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in music (performance) at the University of Aveiro, as an FCT (Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia) fellow. She holds an undergraduate degree in piano, having studied under Caio Pagano and Paulo Álvares, in Lisbon, Paris, Castelo Branco and Köln. She received an INOV-ART grant in 2009 and, in 2010, was distinguished with a honourable mention from the Ernesto de Sousa Scholarship program.
Joana Sá is particularly interested in incorporating other means and artistic areas in her works. Her first solo work, through this looking glass, shot by filmmaker and cinematographer Daniel Costa Neves, was released as a dvd+cd by the German label blinker - Marke für Rezentes in 2011. Her current work, IN PRAISE OF DISORDER, integrating texts by Gonçalo M. Tavares as read by Rosinda Tavares, was just released by Shhpuma, an imprint of Clean Feed Records.
Joana Sá has performed in several festivals and as part of season programs of renowned institutions both in Portugal and abroad, such as Teatro Maria Matos, Gulbenkian Foundation, CCB, Casa da Música, Culturgest, Serralves, Kunst Station Sankt Peter (DE), Studium MusikFabrik (DE), Festival Música Viva (PT), Forum Neue Musik (DE), Ring Ring Festival (SER), Festival Jazz Cerkno (SL). She is one half of the duo of Almost a Song (with Luís José Martins), with whom she recorded the album Almost a Song, in 2013, and one third of POWERTRIO (with Luís José Martins and Eduardo Raon). She collaborates frequently with visual artist Rita Sá. Highlights of the collaboration between the two include installations at Gallery of Visual Arts, 255 Canal (New York) and Siggraph Asia (Yokohama). Joana Sá has made music for films, including Tabu, by Miguel Gomes, which was nominated for best music at the 2013 Sophia awards. She has collaborated with artists and projects in a number of musical genres (Deolinda, Simão Costa, Marco Franco, Nuno Aroso, Drumming GP and Peixe, among others).
As co-coordinator (with Luís José Martins) of the music department at CENTA, Centro de Estudos de Novas Tendências Artísticas, at Vila Velha de Ródão (2007/08), she worked with the community (Sons do Salgueiral, Concertos Improváveis), as well as developing personal projects (50 anos - Cage, Concert for piano e POWERTRIO - ensemble residente do CENTA). In this condition, she took part in rExistir, a project with inmates from the Instituto Prisional de Castelo Branco and accompanied artistic residencies, seminars and concerts held at CENTA.
Joana Sá has recorded for radio stations such as Deutschland Funk and SWR2, in Germany, and Antena 2, in Portugal, and has released music through blinker, Shhpuma, Creative Sources and Centa.
Between 1993 and 2000 she played bass in Pinhead Society, a band with which she performed more than a hundred shows, including concerts at the main stages at festivals such as Sudoeste, Vilar de Mouros and Paredes de Coura as well as the Coliseu dos Recreios. With Pinhead Society she shared line-ups with bands such as Sonic Youth and Morphine and recorded for Música Alternativa and Bee Keeper."-Joana Sa Website (http://joana-sa.com/bio.php?lang=en)
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1. Abertura 0:47
2. Hierarquia da Loucura 7:05
3. Fraqueza dos Sólidos 5:57
4. Tudo o Que e Claro Tem Uma Parte Escura (Cancao de Embalar) 8:13
5. Elogio da Desordem 7:15
6. Realidade, Imaginacao (Metodo Para Nao Ficar Louco) 11:01
7. A Queda Elegante 4:39
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"There is something of a skeptical respect between the arts; a respect for the work of another over matter one does not master. Composers tend to see and read the world as if they were listening. In Through This Looking Glass (2010), Joana Sá had us reading some of the texts that belong to her world of sounds and to a performance Daniel Costa Neves translated into images - texts and images that baptize the exploration of an enormous musical freedom.
Always in search of the liberation, the energy and the surprise of a gesture in sound, In Praise of Disorder is more rigid in form, doing away with image and giving voice to texts by Gonçalo M. Tavares. The speech organizes the thoughts that filter the multiple, disorderly, eccentric, voluble mind. The music is the Praise of Disorder that goes on in our heads, fit to give us back (awkwardly, at times painfully) not only the multiplicity of ideas, images, sounds and even voids, but mostly their simultaneity.
That is why Joana Sá, through techniques that once belonged solely to studio settings in concert, uses the recording to put the listener in the place of the pianist, of the composer and of Rosinda Costa, watching, reading and speaking.(Guilherme Proença)"-Shhpuma
"Gonçalo Manuel Tavares, a Portuguese writer born in August, 1970 in Luanda, Angola. He published his first work in 2001 and since then has been awarded several important prizes. His books have been published in more than 30 countries and the book Jerusalem has been included in the European edition of 1001 books to read before you die - a guide of the most important novels of all times."-Wikipedia
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