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Motion matrices: Seminar on Expanded Piano Performance

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This CIRMMT Research Workshop is organized by Vânia Eger Pontes in collaboration with IDMIL and the Research Axis 1 -Instruments, devices, and systems- and will be held at Clara Lichtenstein Hall. No registration is required.

  • Research Workshop
When Sep 29, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Clara Lichtenstein Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West
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­­­­­­­­­­­­Some modern and contemporary pieces can be really challenging in the context of body performance, involving features as dexterity, strength, and expressivity. In this context, Vânia Eger Pontes will talk about body techniques and its applications in her artistic research work.  She will  show how she bases her practice on motion matrices to improve body action in performance using piano extended techniques. According to Ferracini, “The matrix is the starting material, the main and primary substance; It is the actor’s material of organic source, which he may use whenever he wants, for the construction of any scenic work. The matrix is the very physical/vocal coded action, alive and organic*.”  Vânia will present some pieces for extended piano and demonstrate how she makes interpretative decisions and improvises with devices that map gestures to sound or visuals designed by researchers from the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory –IDMIL.



vaniaVânia Eger Pontes is a Ph.D. candidate at the Interdisciplinary Nucleus for Sound Communication,  at Campinas University - Brazil under the supervision of Prof. Jônatas Manzolli.  Currently, she is a graduate research trainee at Mcgill University working with Prof. Marcelo Wanderley at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) with  the São Paulo Research foundation’s (FAPESP) support. Vânia received a B.S. degree in Piano performance (2007), and a MsC degree in Music (2010) from Santa Catarina University, at Florianópolis, Brazil. In her research, she proposes to study the connection between interdisciplinary concepts. This involves areas that deal with human expressive movements, ergonomics and preparatory techniques applied to piano practice. Her recent research focuses mostly on extended techniques' repertoire.

Photo: Davi Moraes



*Ferracini, R. Mímesis Corpórea – A Poesia do Cotidiano . Source: Last access by:2016-09-20

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