Project Description

    Piano, Harp and Percussion
    The title Piano Harp and Percussion mirrors the way the piano is treated through the work. In addition to its a tecla aspect, the piano is regarded as a true instrument of percussion stricto et lato sensu, as well as a string instrument. It is processed as a total instrument, inside and outside the keys and strings, in which several expressive techniques are applied. The outcome might not sound as a piano; in fact, it may sound as a non piano and that is the beauty of this instrument.

    The pianist is playing, besides its keys, inside the piano – directly on the strings – and regarding it as an instrument of percussion where the strings are pulled as if it was an harp or a guitar, and the sounding is carried out in all the vibrant and resonant surfaces of the whole case of the piano, from iron to wood. The use of endogenous resonances, harmonics, joists and woods, matches symbiotically with that of exogenous elements, for instance a simple paper sheet and digital pulp, susceptible to carry us into an interesting variety of sound environments. The pianist assembles himself all the musical synthesis of the playing, its soloistic, harmonic and reverberated components.

    The pianist percussionist acts on an entire classical tradition as he seeks for a multi-stylistic contemporaneity, addressing the several trends of jazz and third stream, in a clearly urban sonority, walking to a perfect (un)balance between subtlety and rapture. The concert is based upon the album Piano Harp and Percussion (released on June 2012), and the two fresh new albums of piano solo material 13 sketches for a landscape and 12 sketches for a soundscape (both released on April 2013).

    Paulo Mesquita, piano and composer, alumni
    Paulo Mesquita studied piano at Conservatório Regional de Gaia / Regional Conservatory of Music of Gaia and continued his studies at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo / School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) in Porto, where he graduated in Piano. He was a doctoral research fellow of FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) for the study, analysis and interpretation of the integral solo piano works and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra of the composer Samuel Barber. Paulo Mesquita is currently a PhD student of Arts Education at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto / Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto.

    After a long period dedicated to piano interpretation within classical music, Paulo Mesquita has decided to make known his skills of improviser and composer. In the field of Dance he has composed three ballets: ‘Ao Vento’ (2010) from Companhia Ao Vento, ‘30 por 1 Linha’ e ‘O Homem que Só Pensava em Números’ (2011), from Companhia Instável/Teatro do Campo Alegre. Following his multi-instrumentist facet, Paulo Mesquita also presents himself on guitar solo, in the projects ‘Chambres des Petites Rêves’ and ‘Corrupted Dialog’, works for a dancer and a musician (cumulatively guitarist and pianist).

    Paulo Mesquita has also been composing, recording and performing live for Theatre, ‘Para Lá do Branco a Escuridão’, in TIPAR (2012), and for Cinema, ‘Miss Mishima’ (2011), a short film presented in numerous national and international competitions. Paulo Mesquita has recorded three solo piano albums. Piano Harp and Percussion, released on June 2012, 13 sketches for a landscape and 12 sketches for a soundscape, both released on April 2013.

    Porto Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Portugal
    Porto’s Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), belonging to the Porto’s Polytechnic Institute (IPP) emerged (1994), after the extinction of the Superior School of Music, with intention to widen its offer of graduation courses to other artistic areas beyond music. Nowadays, ESMAE encloses three departments: Music (instrument, singing, composition, early music, jazz, production and music technologies); Theatre and Visual Arts.ESMAE has developed varied partnerships in order to give a chance to its students to show their work, off campus through concerts and festivals.
    ESMAE has nearly 830 students and 140 teachers. ESMAE has got more than 90 cooperation agreements with international institutions and has been taking part in European projects since 2003;active partner in AEC and ELIA (performing arts european associations), in several ERASMUS IPs such as Operamedia, IICS, SACS, La Follia, Phoenix and promoter of several national and international festivals like HARMOS festival, IRI and SET.