New Audiovisual Music by UC Riverside Composition Professor to be Performed in São Paulo

Paulo C. Chagas bases music and multimedia composition on his personal experience of torture by the Brazilian dictatorship

Perserving is a spectacle by Paulo C. Chagas that features two world premieres and two Brazilian premieres performed by Paulo Passos (bass clarinet), Lars Hoefs (cello) and Joaquim Zito Abreu (percussion).

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Paulo C. Chagas, composition professor at the University of California, Riverside will present new works of chamber music and multimedia at Center Cultural in São Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Perserving is a spectacle by Chagas that features two world premieres and two Brazilian premieres performed by Paulo Passos (bass clarinet), Lars Hoefs (cello) and Joaquim Zito Abreu (percussion). The works of chamber music are integrated in a multimedia event exploring the connections between sound, image, and live performance.

The world premieres are the instrumental pieces Void, for solo bass clarinet (Paulo Passos) and Persevering, a trio written for bass clarinet (Paulo Passos), marimba (Joaquim Zito Abreu), and cello (Lars Hoefs). The Center Cultural in São Paulo commissioned both works.

The Brazilian premieres are the multimedia works Gravity and Grace: Mobile III for cello (Lars Hoefs), electronic sound and live interactive video projection (Paulo C. Chagas), and Return for percussion (Joaquim Zito Abreu), electronic sounds and interactive video projection (Paulo C. Chagas)

Gravity and Grace: Mobile III is part of a cycle of three pieces commissioned by the International Festival Villa-Lobos of Chamber Music 2015 and premiered on January 2015 at the Culver Center, Riverside. The two driving forces of the composition are the book Gravity and Grace by the French mystical philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943) and the mobiles by the American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976). The work is also partially based on Chagas’ personal experience of torture by the Brazilian dictatorship.

Return premiered in February 26, 2015 at In-Between: Music for Percussion, Electronics & Multimedia an event at the Culver Center, Riverside. Inspired by the hexagram twenty-four of the I-Ching – The Book of Change of the ancient Chinese Tao philosophy – the work explores the dynamic principles of growing and renewing. The percussionist uses an impressive set of drums and gongs and plays with two GoPro cameras attached to his head and his chest, which generates images that reveal the musical gestures from the perspective of the performer.

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