In the Dark feat. Michael Nyman and Philip Glass
In The Dark with José Dias featuring music of Michael Nyman and Philip Glass from the cult films The Piano & The Hours.
IN THE DARK is a popular concert series that runs as a collaboration between Biblioteek Productions and Youngblood Arts and Culture in Cape Town. This series started in 2013 and has been running to great acclaim and full houses, featuring modern composers such as Philip Glass, Arvo Part, Dmitri Shostakovich and many more. Through this series a new, contemporary audience has been created - young professionals, artists and curious minds from all walks of life who were not necessarily previously Classical music lovers, while also creating more work for outstanding local musicians.
Portuguese pianist, José Dias is a regular presence in all major concert halls and Arts Festivals in South Africa. In recent seasons, international performances have taken him to Portugal, Mozambique, Israel, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, including extensive tours of the Netherlands and Germany, with repeated appearances in such historic halls as the Berliner Philharmonie, Münchner Philharmonie, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, among many others.
José is in high demand as soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist, and has also been the musical director of Cape Town Opera’s internationally acclaimed touring production
African Angels, as well as Biblioteek Productions’ operatic productions, most recently Poskantoor, La Voix Humaine and The Recycled Magic Flute. Recently he also wrote new music and took the musical direction of Piekniek by Mpande, a modern day reimagining of the seminal Afrikaans protest cabaret Piekniek by Dingaan.
He was co-creator and curator of the RISE concert series in collaboration with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra - a platform for the display of young SA classical talent - and is also an avid supporter of contemporary music, having premiered several works by composers such as Hendrik Hofmeyr, Alexander Johnson and Conrad Asman. Many of these (some written especially for him) have been recorded and are available on CD.
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