Pianist Joana Gama performs at Fringe Festival in Scotland

Portuguese pianist Joana Gama will perform next week at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she will perform a work by Catalan composer Federico Mompou.

The Fringe Festival, created in 1947, starts on Friday and for three weeks features an extensive cultural program of theater, dance, opera, exhibitions, circus arts, and music, which spans Edinburgh’s many venues, both inside and outside doors.

Joana Gama’s solo recital will take place on the 5th at St. Mary’s Cathedral, where she will present ‘Musica Callada’, a composition that the Spanish musician wrote for piano between 1951 and 1967, inspired by a poem by St. John of the Cross.

The performer who favors the piano repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, Joana Gama has already presented this recital dedicated to Mompou in January in Lisbon and February in Paris.

In May, the pianist released the album ‘Travels in my homeland’ which is the result of a recital and research on the work of Portuguese composers Fernando Lopes-Graça and Amílcar Vasques-Dias.

Joana Gama is currently performing an unprecedented collaboration with the female vocal group Sopa da Pedra, which will be translated into the concert ‘The Fig You Promised’, to perform on the 11th at the Bons Sons festival in the village of Cem Soldos (Tomar). In this festival, Joana Gama will have double participation, since, on the 9th, will present ‘Danza Ricercata’, with the choreographer Tânia Carvalho.

Born in Braga in 1983, Joana Gama was three times honored with the Young Musicians / Antena 2 Award between 2004 and 2008. She has collaborated with artists from the theater, dance and film fields.

Alongside the solo tour, Joana Gama also has a piano and electronics duo shared with Luís Fernandes, with whom she edited the albums ‘Quest’ and ‘At the Still Point of the Turning World’.

One of the pianist’s most visible works has been the celebration of French composer Erik Satie’s repertoire, featuring recitals, lectures in schools, the uninterrupted 15-hour performance of the play ‘Vexations’ and an album with Luís Fernandes and Ricardo Jacinto.

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