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Pedro De Alcantara | Passages

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by Pedro De Alcantara

"Passages" is an exploration of the hundred beautiful things a cello can do: become a percussion instrument, sound like an Indian sitar, give life to Johann Sebastian Bach . . . and caress your ears like the sweetest friend you've ever had.
Genre: Classical: Postmodern
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1. East Meets West
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2. Kisses
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3. Séan's Jig
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4. Pacaembu
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5. He Walks With Me
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6. La Noche
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7. Hypnosis
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8. It's Mine Now
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9. Youth in Love
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10. Comet Dust
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11. Low Tide, Dawn
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12. Ponticello
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13. Passage, Alone
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14. Passage, Accompanied
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15. Sweet Dreams
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Album Notes
Life is a series of transformations. Before you’re even born, you exist as an idea. Then love transforms you from a potentiality into a baby. From baby to toddler to boy to man, or girl to woman, your transformation never stops. The path is long and varied: You change careers, you change beliefs . . . The changes are unpredictable and yet logical, although often you can only understand them retroactively. One day you’ll inevitable change from matter to pure energy. It’s the ultimate transformation, which none of us can understand.

I grew up in Brazil, studied the cello in New York, finished my studies in London, and settled in Paris. This meant leaving home, passing between cultures, learning new languages, adapting . . . and transforming myself.

My professional life, too, has been one of transformation. I started my career as a classically trained musician, became a teacher and coach, and discovered a passion for writing. Books, articles, and essays have propelled my exploration and contributed to the continuing transformation of my thinking.

After many years away from the concert stage, I started performing again—but this time not as a classically trained cellist but as an improviser, composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist.

My new music is the embodiment of transformation. The cello becomes a lute, a theorbo, or a percussion instrument. The voice becomes a trumpet, a herald, or the cry of a whale. Music itself is transformed: A song becomes a prayer, and a prayer becomes child’s play.

"Passages" is a study in the infinite expressive potentialities of the cello. From track to track, we "pass" through sonic territories, through whole countries, through epochs. I hope you'll enjoy traveling with us!



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