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LUIS M. CARMONA BARRIO, piano

Luis M. Carmona Barrio was born in San Sebastián, where he studied piano and composition. He worked as dance accompanist and composer in many parts of Europe, in the USA and Japan with artists such as María de Ávila, Lola de Ávila, Carmen Roche, Victor Ullate, Carmina, Ida Vasilieva,  Azari Plizetski, Jean Claude Gallotta, Anne Teresa de Keersmaker, David Zambrano, Susanne Linke, Milton Myers, Wim Vandekeybus, with the José Limón Dance Company and the Jennifer Muller Company, the Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, and Internationale Tanzwochen Wien.
He has composed music for films, dance and theatrical performances and has taken part in most of the major music festivals as a pianist. Carmona Barrio has also recorded a number of CDs and is currently recording his own piano compositions
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FRANÇOIS CECCALDI, percussion

Francois Ceccaldi has been engaged with dance as a musician for the past 15 years. He has composed for various ensembles (Cie de la Mentira, Voie E) and accompanies dance lessons at the Conservatoire de Montpellier, Epse Danse and at various international festivals. He has worked with artists such as  Anne Marie Porras, Rita Quaglia, Michèle Rust, Eve Jouret, Yann Lheureux, Jean-Pierre Alvarez and Leonardo Montecchia.

His basic instruments are the traditional percussion instruments (Zarb, Darbuka, Tablas, Jenbé Toms). By combining them with the latest technology Francois has opened a broad new field of sound.

SANDRO CUCCUINI, piano

Sandro Cuccuini graduated as a pianist in 1988 from the Conservatorio G. Verdi, Turin. From 1982 he worked as a répétiteur to opera singers and from 1990 onwards also for classical dance. Since 2001 he has been a pianist for the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Cuccuini is the composer and arranger of the music on the nine CDs which outline the Modern Dance Academy’s teaching method and also composed and recorded the first classical dance CD Music for Ballet. More recently he has written a musical which has been produced in Turin in a stage design by Fulvio Crivello. Sandro Cuccuini composed and arranged the music for “Valiean”.
Since 2013 he is training for Teresa Hall courses (D.D.I and D.D.E - I.S.T.D. Programme). In 2014 he created
"Music and Dance Project", seminars for teachers of music applied to dance. Since 2015 he is Tutor and Head of Music Department for ACSI D.E.E. For the season 2016/2017 he will start a new collaboration with the "Elena D'angelo's Operetta Company", as a conductor. He is Composer and Arranger of the Musical “Il canto invisibile”.

GILSON DE ASSIS, percussion

Gilson de Assis, born in Rio de Janeiro, has been living and working in Europe since 1981. Years of research while still in Brazil have made him a specialist in Brazilian percussion. He gives concerts with various groups, has recorded numerous CDs and written two textbooks. He is co-director of the Blue Planet music courses in Munich and offers further training for teachers and professional musicians. A special focus in his work is on pre-school and school children and social projects for children of the City of Munich. His many years of work as a musician in various dance festivals have given him a great deal of experience in cooperating with dancers. As an accompanist in dance courses he mixes traditional and modern rhythms and uses not only conventional percussion instruments but also other sound sources such as various sound-producing objects, voice, body percussion, creating in this way an exciting and creative atmosphere.

JOSÉ TORRES VICENTE, guitar

José Torres graduated from the Conservatory of Cordoba and has attended courses with Manolo Sanlúcar, Tomatito and Pat Metheny. He has composed music for dance productions (Javier Latorre, Rosario Toledo), exhibitions (Le duende Volé. Pilar Albarracín) and the soundtracks for his  both video 'Café Cantante' and the documentary ‘Matilde Coral. Acariciando el aire’. As a performer José has shared the stage with Carmen Linares, Carles Benavent, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía and Manuel Lombo among others from more than 30 countries.
In 2012 he directed his first video dance entitled Café Cantante starring Pastora Galván. In the same year he won the second prize in the Injuve Young Creation awards 2012.
José published his first trio CD in 2013 with the Finnish drummer Karo Sampela and the Spanish violist Jasio Velasco as José Torres Trío (JOSÉ TORRES TRIO. YOUKALI MUSIC 2013). They won the Best Music Escenarios de Sevilla 2016 Award for ‘La Suite del Reloj’

 

 


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