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Filipe Sousa is a Portuguese pianist, composer and professional workshop leader based in the UK and Europe. He works with various artists and communities in the UK and across the world. Filipe is the founder of Quest Ensemble, a contemporary piano trio that writes original music with Preetha Narayanan – Musician/Composer and Tara Franks – Musician/Composer. Filipe Sousa has been commissioned to create sound installations and to write for music ensembles, theatre, film and dance.
With a background in Architecture, years practicing capoeira and more recently contact improv, his work as a composer and performer is often concerned with space and movement, driven by a strong sense of rhythm and flow. Filipe has always had the piano at the centre of his practice, but his interest in the details and minutiae of sound has taken him into the realms of sound art, sound design and composition. He is interested in performance as experience and in generating immersive environments.
Filipe trained in classical piano and singing at the Lisbon Gregorian Institute, continuing through the Hot Club Portugal, where he studied jazz piano and composition, he then relocated to London in 2008 to dedicate himself exclusively to sound and music. In 2010 he completed MMus in Leadership from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama followed by a fellowship focused on collaborative and participative work. He is an Associate Artist at Spare Tyre theatre company and a regular leader at Create Arts. Filipe has worked with various orchestras and institutions in the UK and across the world including the Barbican Centre, CCB Lisbon, Projeto Guri, Sinfonia Viva, London Contemporary Orchestra and the EU Youth Orchestra. He founded Quest Ensemble, a contemporary classical piano trio, and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and occasionally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Filipe is a Lecturer at Trinity Laban and GSMD and an Associate Artist at Spare Tyre Theatre Company Member of MU and PRS.
Leonardo Diana is a performer and choreographer, who previously trained with Simona Bucci in Nikolais technique. Styles of contemporary dance include release technique and contact improvisation in various locations. Professionally Leonardo trained with Carolyn Carlson, Susanne Linke, Richard Haisma, Julien Hamilton. From 2003 he worked as a professional dancer with Versiliadanza in Florence. In 2004 he danced for Susanne Linke in “Assaggi di Potere – Das Macht Was?”.
From 2010 he worked as a professional dancer in the Tanz Bremen Company, in Germany in dance works “Dividendo” and “Double Lives”.
Choreographic works have been performed nationally and internationally to include Italy.
Leonardo Diana is a finalist of the Premio Equilibrio in Rome, Italy with choreographic works E l’Uomo creò Se stesso and Naufragi. Further to this he participated in the Vetrina Anticorpi of Ravenna with his solo Verso la Luce.
Dance and Collaboration:
28° ERNESTO ILLY COFFEE AWARD at Lincoln Center in New York.
Duet Narciso_io with Marta Bevilacqua
Reflecting-on Narcissus Myth
EGON – Introspettiva da Klimt a Schiele, a Multidisciplinary performance with interactive virtual scenography.
L.E.O. – Lex Extra Ordinaria with Arearea Dance Company.
IN SEZIONE AUREA in collaboration with the virtual scenographer Nicola Buttari and the dancers Luna Cenere and Isabella Giustina.
A member of Puppets Theatre directed by Claudio Cinelli.
Collaboration with pianist Danilo Rea.
Andrea Serrapiglio has been playing Cello since he was six years old. He is a classically trained cellist, teacher, sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and multimedia designer.
Andrea completed a Bachelors Degree classical Cello at Milan’s conservatory Italy.
Since graduation he has work on tours, recordings, compositions for theatre and contemporary dance. He practice has developed styles and techniques using motion sensors, hardware and software combined with Cello, Overtone Singing, Musical Saw, Field recordings, Musical landscapes and Video art.
His research is centred upon creating surround landscapes using a variety of digital technologies. VR, AR projects and Ambisonic Audio to develop new artistic and immersive methods to make and share performances. Fundamentally, creating emotionally transformative experiences, making the viewer the protagonist, not just a spectator, in the performance experience.
Working in partnership with his brother, Luca Serrapiglio and the Melonois project, Andrea has toured and composed for contemporary dance with Leonardo Diana and Versiliadanza company from 2007, crossing different musical and artistic styles.
Throughout this period he was honoured to play and tour in US and Europe and to record with Carla Bozulich(Gerardine Fibbers, Evangelista), Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys, Paramount Styles), David Tibet (C93), Barbara de Dominicis, Stefano Pilia, Massimo Pupillo, Claudio Cinelli, Vincenzo Vasi, Silent Carnival and many others.
“I feel like I’m living in a loop in between audio, video and real time interpolation..”
Since 2000 HM has undertaken several medium to large scale performance, research, technology and educational projects in the UK, USA, Canada and in Europe.
HM is concerned with philosophical ideas on the construction of complex collaborative entities, formed and consisting of various identities and transferable skills, and is driven by the provocation for the construction and realisation of a newly defined system for multimedia dance collaboration in professional practice and education.