Pedro Carneiro

I am still alive!
Sunday, June 09, 2013

How scary is this? I haven't written a single piece of news onto my aging website (launched 1999!) since 2009.

Time flies, no doubt - specially when one's having fun. My life has changed, no doubt, since 2007. Our daughters were born in 2007 and 2009 (Carolina and Inês), and so was the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, which I co-founded in 2007 - the PCO has kept me busy (... understatement of the decade, to say the least).

I am still extremely active as a player and composer, but this is now shared with all my responsibilities as conductor and artistic director of the PCO, specially at such an important moment: this year we will perform around 20 concerts; a further handful of performances of our national youth orchestra project (now on it's 3rd season) OCPzero - which is now become the first ever Portuguese representative in the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras; our full time activities of OCPsolidária (working with people with mental disabilities) and the brand new OCPdois (a selection of music lovers and amateurs in several regions around the country): it's simply too exciting to put into words.

A few recording projects are about to be released (finally!), my new website is currently being designed (José Simas, I cannot thank you enough for your pro bono support of my website for close to 14 years!), the PCO's new website (it's simply stunning), programmed by our incredible friends at Everis is about to be released, on this link here.

I am specially looking forward to all the performances and touring with the PCO, being at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival with Teresa Simas and performing the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's "Shing Kham" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel - details here: a celebration of Peter's incredible music and life. No words could ever describe what the process of this project meant to me.

Until soon, best wishes to all - Pedro.

PS: Give the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra a follow, right here.

Michael Mantler's CONCERTOS
Sunday, February 08, 2009

Pedro Carneiro's recording of Michael Mantler's Marimba/Vibe Concerto is now available on the iTunes store. Please click on this link to be redirected to the page on iTunes, where you can listen to samples of the album.

Recent News!
Friday, November 21, 2008

A long due update on Carneiro's recent touring: October had Carneiro conduct the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (Holliger, Schumann and Brahms), which generated phenomenal reviews from the Lisbon press.

Straight after, Carneiro was in Mexico: working with composer Rodrigo Sigal in Morelia (for an upcoming work for vibraphone and tape) and performing with both Cuarteto Latino Americano (quintets with marimba) and Asaka Arai (flute), at the Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, premiering the brand new "Formas del Viento" - a fantastic new piece by Alejandro Viñao, for flute and vibraphone/marimba (one player).

From Mexico, Carneiro flew directly to Helsinki, for a couple of performances of the Milhaud Marimba/Vibes concerto - from Finland to Austria, for a performance of Rosauro's Marimba Concerto, at the Wiener Kozert Haus, with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Straight from Vienna, to teaching at the Juilliard School in New York and at the Eastman School in Rochester - Pedro performed his PASIC debut, in Austin/Texas, where he presented a recital featuring Oliveira, Psathas and Xenakis.

After teaching in Granada, Spain for a couple of days, Carneiro performed a piano & marimba/vibes recital with António Rosado in Coimbra (featuring Viñao's "Riff") and this coming week performs Viñao's dynamite Marimba Concerto (1993) with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, at the Casa da Música. Conductor is Peter Rundel.

Stay tuned for December 2008 news, which include a soloist/director program with the Estonian National Symphony!

New CD Releases on ECM Records and Stradivarius
Thursday, November 20, 2008

On the CD release front, please visit the discography page for a couple of releases this month:

Michael Mantler's Vibraphone/Marimba Concerto on ECM Records with Kammerensemble Neue Musik, cond. Roland Kluttig.

Gabriel Erkoreka's marimba concerto "Afrika" with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, conducted by José Ramón Encinar, on Stradivarius label.

There should be a couple more releases up until the end of the year - check on this news page regularly for updates!

New review of Improbable Transgressions
Friday, July 11, 2008

Carneiro's experimental album "Improbable Transgressions" has been gathering great reviews, here's a recent one (in Portuguese only). Please click here to read it.

New interview in Japanese
Thursday, July 10, 2008

For those of you in Japan, Carneiro is the cover of the Japan Percussion Center (Komaki Music) magazine. The issue includes an in-depth interview with Carneiro - here is a preview of the cover.

May/June/July update
Friday, June 06, 2008

Carneiro has been extremely busy these last few months. He has toured Japan in May, where he appeared as soloist and conductor, featured in several concerts as well as continuing his work as guest teacher at several universities. During his fifth tour to Japan, Carneiro was interview by the Japan Percussion Center (Komaki Music) and will be the cover on their monthly magazine, so, if you live in Japan, stay tuned for that issue.

On his return from Japan, Carneiro travelled to Porto for a performance with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, which was postponed to November, due to the tragic death of a musician of the orchestra. Our hearts reach out to his family and friends.

Carneiro is now heading for a three week tour, in Australia, New Zealand and Spain. He will perform John Psathas' adrenalin rush vibes concerto "Psyzygysm" with Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich. On the same concerto, Pedro's performs Xenakis' "Psappha" and a duo with his friend (and duo partner in the Pacific!) Jeremy Fitzsimons: together they perform "Dialogue", by Gareth Farr. From NZ, Pedro travels to Melbourne, where he will appear as guest teacher at the Victorian College Of The Arts, performing a concert with Peter Neville, Eugene Ughetti and students, featuring Viñao's "Estudios de Frontera" as an Australian Première.

From Melboure to Tasmania: a performance of Psathas' monumental "View from Olympus", a double concerto for percussion, piano and large orchestra, with the Tasmania Symphony, conducted by Marc Taddei, together with pianist Michael Houstoun. This is the line-up of the award-winning Rattle Records CD, which was out last year.

From Melbourne direct to Madrid, to record Gabriel Erkoreka's beautiful "Afrika", concerto for marimba and orchestra, with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid with José Ramón Encinar conducting - the work will be released on the Stradivarius label, together with other concerti by the young basque composer.

From Madrid to Lisbon, Carneiro rehearses for the last concert as "Associate Artist" of the Centro Cultural de Belém: a "carte blanche" concert. Read about it here. After the concert, Carneiro records several chamber works by Takemitsu (to complete his Takemitsu: Works for Percussion, coming out soon) as well as Viñao's amazing new work for piano and marimba "Riff", with phenomenal compatriot pianist, António Rosado.

As if, Carneiro isn't busy enough already, he decided to revive his old blog and link it from - have a read here.

Tokafi Interview
Friday, May 30, 2008

A recent interview on the Tokafi website, please click click here to read it.

Portuguese Chamber Orchestra Documentary
Saturday, January 05, 2008

For those of you who missed it on television, please click here to watch the complete documentary (split onto 4 parts on youtube, at the like above) made by RTP 2 (Portuguese National Television) on the emergence of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, during 2007.

Fresh new reviews and mp3s
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Carneiro has been receiving some astonishing reviews from press worldwide, related to concerts and recordings. To read these, simply click here. We also uploaded some mp3 recordings of recent live performances - if you wish to listen and/or download, please click here for a visit to the podcast page.

Quick update
Sunday, September 23, 2007

So much has been going on that we simply haven't had time to update you all:

After the long tour in New Zealand in August (with over a dozen concerts of quintet programs with the New Zealand String Quartet, duo concerts with Jeremy Fitzsimons and the recording of John Psathas monograph disc - we will post some of the reviews soon), the recording of Brad Bodine's "Kaleidoscope: Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra" with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz at Benaroya Hall (for later release on MMC Recordings), the opening concert as chief conductor of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (with a packed Centro Cultural de Belém and filmed for RTP2 and Antena 2) and a recital at Música Viva Festival at Porto's Casa da Música (with the world première of 3 new solos by Cort Lippe, Carlos Alberto Augusto and Pedro Rocha: the latter featuring quarter-tone marimba): it's now time for (drum roll!):

The very first edition of "Bang, Crash, Splash! Percussion Marathon", on the 1st October at the São Luiz Teatro Municipal in Lisbon - running from 10am to midnight. How mighty are your ears? Ready for flying splinters from overheated sticks, mallets and other bizarre objects? Anywhere near Lisbon? An absolute MUST!

With Carneiro as artistic director and performing artist, this edition features Steve Schick, undoubtedly one the greatest living percussionists - as well as the students of both Lisbon music schools, the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) and the Academia Nacional Superior de Orchestra (ANSO).

For program, further info and ear-plugs (joke, but you might wanna get some...), click here, on the festival's mini website.

The rest of October will see Carneiro performing a chamber concert in Cyprus, touring as soloist/conductor with Filarmonia das Beiras and the Orquestra do Algarve, performing a solo recital in Lisbon, touring as guest soloist with the Arditti Quartet and recording his second ECM Records collaboration in Berlin (produced my Manfred Eicher): a work written from him by Michael Mantler, the "Marimba/Vibraphone Concerto". The work will be recorded after performance at the Berlin Jazz Festival.

Associate Artist of Centro Cultural de Belém
Sunday, July 22, 2007

This coming season, Pedro Carneiro becomes Associate Artist of Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon. In his triple role as instrumentalist, conductor and composer, Carneiro will be a prominent feature at the center during the season: presenting a solo recital (which will include one of his recent compositions), conduct his Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (which will be featured several times during the year, also with other guest conductors), as well as presenting several chamber music performances, such as quintets with marimba, with both the Arditti and Tokyo string quartets.

Pedro Carneiro / Portuguese Chamber Orchestra
Friday, June 01, 2007

Pedro Carneiro is the artistic director and principal conductor of the recently created Portuguese Chamber Orchestra.

The orchestra's inaugural concert will be on the 13th September 2007, under his direction. This very first concert marks the orchestra's association with the Centro Cultural de Belém, one of Portugal's leading cultural centers, to which the orchestra will be associated - it's home for rehearsing and performing a handful of concerts a year. The orchestra is also associated with RTP (national television and radio) as media and brodcasting partners.

Further information on the orchestra's own website, here.

Review of 'Improbable Transgressions'
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Click here to read a review about Carneiro's "Improbable Transgressions" double album. For further information about the recording, click here to go to the "Buy CD's and more" section.

Interview: Jornal Público
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Click here (for page 1) and here (for page 2) to read an interview on Público (portuguese only) with a two-page feature on Pedro Carneiro's recent CD releases.

Photo Credit: Nuno Ferreira Santos

Japan Tour
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Pedro Carneiro toured Japan from the 4th to the 14th of May, visiting Tokyo, Kawaguchi and Osaka. He performed recitals, chamber music and masterclasses to packed concert halls and universities - the tour was an astounding success.

The tour, organized by Kiyoko Maejima, was Carneiro's 3rd tour in Japan - below some photos taken during the tour: after the concert in Kawaguchi (with Kyioko Maejima, Shoko Saito, Mariko Yamamoto and Chieko Sugiyama), during a taiko lesson with Mariko Yamamoto and during a rehearsal in Osaka, for a performance of Akira Nishimura's "Kala" for solo marimba and percussion sextet.

We will soon upload some video extracts from the Kawaguchi concert!

New CD Release on ECM Records
Monday, April 02, 2007

ECM Records have just released a disc dedicated to the music of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, featuring "Ardor" - a concerto for marimba and orchestra written for and dedicated to Pedro Carneiro. This marks Carneiro's first collaboration with the prestigious german label. "Ardor" is given a powerful rendition in this recording with Carneiro and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Olari Elts. For information on the CD, please visit the disc's page at the ECM Records website.

Carneiro's second collaboration with ECM is scheduled for November this year, with the recording in Berlin of Michael Mantler's "Marimba/Vibraphone Concerto", a work scored for soloist (on marimba and vibes simultaneously) and chamber orchestra.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Click here to find out more about Pedro Carneiro's new audio podcast!

January/February News
Monday, February 26, 2007

Pedro Carneiro has been busy performing as soloist/director, with both Orquestra Clássica do Centro and the Orquestra de Câmara do Minho. In the next few days we will be adding video and audio samples from these projects.

Carneiro has just returned from Paris, where he recorded his upcoming solo CD, with his label: Zig-Zag Territoires. The recording features Bach's G Minor solo violin sonata and the famous D Minor Chaconne, as well as a selection of contemporary works for solo marimba. Below, a couple of photos from the dress rehearsal with the Orquestra de Câmara do Minho:

Photo Credit: Alexandre Simas Dias

Photo Credit: Alexandre Simas Dias

New interview in
Sunday, February 11, 2007

Please click here to read a recent interview with Pedro Carneiro, on

Carneiro's first world-première
Sunday, January 07, 2007

We recently received an mp3 of the original tape recording of Pedro Carneiro's first world-première. It was in 1992 (at the age of 15) in a duo for piano and marimba/vibes by Yuki Rodrigues (with Yuki herself on the piano). We thank the composer Eurico Carrapatoso for having provided the recording. If you wish to have a listen, please click here.

December Newsletter
Thursday, December 14, 2006

And so 2006 is soon to be gone and this will be the year's very last newsletter.

Carneiro was teaching in Taveiro, Portugal: a masterclass on the 8th and 9th, in which he listened to many exciting young Portuguese percussionists. On the 10th, in Coimbra, he performed Zivkovic's "Tales from the Center of the Earth", a concerto for percussion and wind ensemble (we will be posting a video excerpt soon, keep an eye out for it) with the Taveiro wind ensemble, made up of many young players who did a fantastic job, under the astute direction of João Paulo Fernandes - the performance was an enormous success. During the masterclass Carneiro performed a trio improvisation with drummer Alexandre Frazão and vibist Jeffery Davis - could this be a new trio for 2007....?

From the 14th to the 24th, Carneiro will be in Cyprus and Greece, playing View from Olympus by John Psathas, a double concerto for percussion, piano and orchestra. The composer will be attending the performances, which will be shared with Konstatinos Papadakis (piano), Spiros Pisinos (conductor) and the Cyprus State Orchestra joining forces with the Patras Soloists. Can't think of a better work to end up the year - with an loud, vibrant, energetic bang!

Stay tuned for January 2007 - several solo recitals, performances as soloist/conductor and the preparation for a major recording project: Carneiro's second solo release on Zig-Zag Territoires...

November Newsletter
Saturday, November 11, 2006

During the first few days of November, Carneiro rehearsed with composer Pedro Rocha, for the world première of the composer's "To a world free from religions". The recital took place in Oporto's new Casa da Música and the programme, named Pedro Carneiro: Rewired features works for marimba/percussion and computer by some of the most exciting computer music artists today.

On the 10th, Carneiro recorded Pedro Rebelo's "Music for Prosthetic Congas", to be included in an upcoming CD release of music for percussion and electronics. We will be posting some photos of the recording session soon - so, keep an eye out for them!

From Oporto, to London, to perform a quintets concert with the Arditti Quartet, a programme which will be recorded as well - for a quintets disc to be released in late 2007. During this week in London, Carneiro will be guest teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (14th), at Trinity College of Music (15th), performing with the quartet (16th at Union Chapel) and recording (17th).

From London to Lisbon, where Pedro will be teaching his once-a-term solo percussion class at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, from the 20th to the 24th.

Stay tuned for December - several concerti tours, masterclasses and more...

Improbable Transgressions appetizer!
Friday, October 27, 2006

Improbable Transgressions is entering the very final stages of mastering and design and will be released in November (alas, a few months later than expected).

The double CD, released on the Sirr-Ecords label is the final result of a year long project between Carneiro and some of the most compelling artists working in the field of experimental, improvised and computer music. The whole album was created from scratch, including the music, photography, design and artwork.

Stay tune for further news on release date and distribution: for now, enjoy the little preview appetizer, by clicking here.

October Newsletter
Monday, October 23, 2006

October started with a recital in Portalegre in Portugal on the 1st and after taking a few days to continue writing his "cadernos de estudo" for solo marimba as well as doing a demo snare drum video for Blackswamp (please see here) Carneiro flew to Sweden, where he worked with Christian Lindberg for a couple of days (on Lindberg's new concerto for Pedro, which will be premièred with the Helsinki Philharmonic in 2008) and straight off to the north of Sweden, for a tour in Sweden as soloist with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra with a handful of concerts with Koppel's 1st marimba concerto, under the direction of Johannes Gustavsson.

From Stockholm direct to Tallinn for a concert as a guest with the Nyyd Ensemble, with Olari Elts conducting.

Stay tuned for the November newsletter, with solo recitals, concerti, masterclasses and a performance plus a recording with the Arditti Quartet.

Psathas: View from Olympus released!
Thursday, October 05, 2006

The View from Olympus CD (featuring Carneiro, Michael Houstoun, Joshua Redman, Marc Taddei and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) and its "making of" DVD are out now, in the Southern Hemisphere. The disc will be progressively available worldwide (click here to join the newsletter for up-to-date news on worldwide release) and visit the View from Olympus website and find out how to purchase, whilst listening to some mp3's from the disc.

Below, a still from the DVD. Stay tuned for further news and announcements regarding this exciting release.

New Video Clips!
Monday, September 11, 2006

After last Saturday's successful concert as soloist/director with the Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, we uploaded video clips of Carneiro's performance of Eurico Carrapatoso's "Suite de Aquém e d'Além Mar" (conducting from the marimba keyboard) and from the energized rendition of Haydn's "The Schoolmaster" Symphony (Nr. 55).

To view the clips, please click here (Haydn) or here (Concerto).

Or alternatively, click here to select directly from the video clips section.

September News
Monday, September 04, 2006

After a feature on the NS Magazine in Portugal, Carneiro is performing with Ricardo Descalzo and Iñaki Alberdi at the Quincena Musical de San Sebastian in Spain - a concert featuring works by Joan Guinjoan.

Straight after, Carneiro is the guest soloist/director of the Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, in a concert featuring concerti and Haydn's 55th Symphony. It's the orchestras's first concert in the season and a special opener, with
Carneiro doubling as soloist and conductor.

Marcela Taboada, Mexico, 2005

From there, Carneiro is the guest soloist with the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, in the Portuguese island of Madeira. Afterwards, Carneiro continues writing his "Cadernos de Estudos", for solo marimba. These will be heard in November in London, in a concert with the Arditti Quartet.

Stay tuned for October: recitals, concerto tour in Sweden and a recording.

Marimba Apparel!
Friday, August 18, 2006

Come out of the closet and go public with your marimbaness, with the new eat marimba... Carneiro t-shirt. For now, we've only done a small number in both white and black (for friends and marimba geeks alike), but if there is interest, we might do more for general public. Further info: write/call/fax Teresa Simas on contacts.

(click on the image below to see larger version, with front and back):

July News
Friday, July 21, 2006

Pedro Carneiro just returned from a recital at the Festival de Torroella de Montgrí in Spain, where he performed the world première of John Psathas' fiendishly virtuosic "One Study One Summary". The work, scored for marimba, junk percussion and electronics is a tour de force for the performer, who has to tackle a five octave marimba and over a dozen junk sounds, such as a washing machine powder lid and a very bizarre object part of a portuguese agricultural machine!

After this performance, Carneiro goes to Évora in southern Portugal, to present a concert of marimba and 12 voices, with the vocal ensemble Voces Caelestes, featuring Steve Martland's "Street Songs" and a world première of a version with marimba of Eurico Carrapatoso's "O que me diz o vento tropical". Carneiro composed a marimba part for this work for chamber choir, under the supervision of the composer.

From Évora, Carneiro continues in Portugal for the rest of the month: teaching masterclasses and performing a solo recital in Coimbra, as well as performing with Mitzlaff, Schröder and Rebelo, on an series of free improvisation concerts as part of the Escrita na Paisagem Festival.

We will be posting photos of these activities in the next few days, meanwhile stay tuned for August and September, with many recitals, chamber music as well as performing and conducting from the marimba keyboard!

PS - Pedro Carneiro's custom multisonic zebrawood snare drum has just been finished. The instrument, made by Black Swamp Percussion will travel with Pedro Carneiro and will be heavily featured in a solo disc to be recorded during 2007. Look at this beauty:

June News
Tuesday, June 13, 2006

At the very start of June, Pedro Carneiro flew to New Jersey/USA, where he taught a masterclass and performed a marimba recital as part of the Marimba Concert Series of Leigh Howard Stevens' 27th Summer Marimba Seminar. Whilst in New Jersey, Carneiro worked on his upcoming Malletech signature marimba mallets, at the Malletech factory - the mallets should be ready in a few months and the prototypes are currently under testing (i.e. under extreme bashing!) by Carneiro in most of his concerts.

From the US, straight to Portugal and into rehearsals plus two concerti with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, under the direction of Joana Carneiro (same surname, but not brother and sister!). They performed "Ardor", by Tüür, which had a standing ovation for several minutes, and the obligatory sotto voce Bach encore. Related to this performance, you may read an online interview here.

The end of June was reserved for the recording of his upcoming release on Zig-Zag Territoires, which had to be postponed to early autumn, due to some health problems.

Stay tuned for July, with many recitals, chamber music and a John Psathas world-première in Spain!

Pictures below: left, taken by Alexandre Simas Dias (who caught Pedro disctracted warming up after the dress rehearsal!); right, the first pair of Missom Pedro Carneiro snare drum signature sticks have reached Japan (our thanks to percussionist Kiyoko Maejima, who sent this photo of herself holding the sticks):

May News
Monday, May 01, 2006

Having just returned from Paris, after a successful concert at IRCAM, Carneiro headed to Tokyo, to participate on the main concert of the Japan Percussion Festival, on the 5h May at 3pm, at the Grand Auditorium of the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center. After a successful recital, Pedro had great sushi/sashimi/sake with Mr. Kouichi Yamaguchi, the festival director - here's a photo below (no mallets around, so, it had to be Sayaingen - long green beans!):

Then straight to Lithuania, where he performs a couple of concerti with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Vytautas Lukocius - taking place on May 10th at 19:00, on the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. Carneiro is playing concerti by Myioshi and Carrapatoso.

Then straight to Lisbon, to teach his once-a-term solo percussion class at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra from the 15th to the 19th, then travelling to Coimbra for a recital and a couple of days of clinics at the local conservatoire - on the 22nd and 23rd. On the 27th, a solo recital live on portuguese radio, at the Centro Cultural de Belém. Stay in tune for June, with trips to the US and recordings!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Click here to find out more about the signature sticks, now available for all. Please contact the maker (Missom) directly at for further information.

About the sticks: Carneiro has developed a pair of sticks for solo snare drum playing, with Portuguese stick maker Miguel Ralha. This maker, who founded Missom, a company specialising in wooden percussion instruments) has built a pair of snare sticks with Carneiro's design and artistic needs in mind: a solid long stick made of the incredibly dense brazilian precious wood Ipê:

This design and wood allow for a rich fundamental, precise articulation, powerful rimshots and rolls.

April News
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

After a successful tour in Ireland and Northern Ireland (click here for reviews) and only one day after his return, Carneiro and André Sier got to hear the final result of their composition for Teresa Simas' choreography, Sal.

The music (subtitled as "...all balanced on this predicament of line.") is dubbed as a real-time electroacoustic composition for six or more channels ad libitum (click here for further info and an mp3)

With a couple of masterclasses on schedule, Carneiro is then heading for Lisbon, to perform and all Bach programme at the
Festa da Música, on the 22nd, at 10am. Then, off to Paris, to perform the world-première of a new chapter of Pedro Amaral's colossal SCRIPT, for marimba and live electronics at IRCAM - the recital also features two renditions of Zyklus, by Karlheinz Stockhausen: 27th April, 8:30pm, at Espace de Projection on the IRCAM's headquarters.

Stay tuned for further news in May - which include recitals in Japan, Lithuania, Portugal, as well as clinics and masterclasses.

March News
Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Just having finished a residency, which included two clinics and a solo recital only a couple of days ago, at Lugar Comum (preparing the recording of his upcoming Zig-Zag Territoires disc, in June) Carneiro is off to Paris, where he will rehearse with Chilean composer Federico Schumacher, who is currently writing a new work for marimba and electronics, for Carneiro (to be premiered in November, at the Casa da Música, in Oporto).

After the Paris trip, which also includes a TV interview, Carneiro is off to Ireland, for an extensive two week solo tour, which includes a handfull of recitals, masterclasses and one recording of a work specially commissioned for the tour to Ed Bennett.

During March, Carneiro is also co-creating a new six channel real time electrocoustic composition, together with André Sier who will be in charge of Max/MSP programming. Pedro and André will be using "Boids" (boids for max / by eric singer, jasch, andré sier, wesley smith) to create the works spatialization. Boids is a bird flight and animal flock simulator. It is based on the same algorithm which was used in Jurassic Park for the herding dinosaurs.

New Section: How to book Pedro Carneiro
Friday, February 03, 2006

We just added a new section, which is of particular use to promoters, presenters and programmers. This section clarifies Pedro Carneiro's performing activities and makes it easier and simpler if you are curious about a particular work, recital or project. Please click on "How to book Pedro Carneiro" on the menu list on the left, to find out more!

Solo Recital in Leiria, Portugal
Sunday, January 29, 2006

Although currently preparing his upcoming Zig-Zag Territoires solo disc, Carneiro performed a recital at Teatro Miguel Franco in Leiria (Portugal), on the 28th January (photos below). The concert, which was a huge success, featured Bach, Schumann and works by several contemporary composers, such as Takana, Zivkovic and Sierra: and the encores!

Photo Credit: Alexandre Simas Dias

Black Swamp Percussion Endorsement
Sunday, January 29, 2006

Pedro Carneiro has just signed a snare drum endorsement with Black Swamp Percussion. After years looking for a snare drum, Carneiro has finally found the instruments he was after, impeccably made by Black Swamp. It was during his Asian tour last November, that he performed on a Black Swamp snare drum, on his Seoul recital: and he fell in love. From now on, Carneiro will be heard on his Black Swamp brand new snare drum, with his signature series sticks, made by Miguel Ralha at Missom. The sticks are on a near to final prototype stage, so, they will be available to the public fairly soon.

Website Update
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Please note that Pedro Carneiro's press kit is now available in several languages! Please click OTHER LANGUAGES on the menu bar on the left in order to access these. As always, comments/suggestions are welcome.

Pedro Carneiro on Atlantis: TAP Portugal
Friday, January 13, 2006

If you are flying on any of TAP Portugal's flights during January and February, with you have the chance to read an extensive interview to Pedro Carneiro, on their inflight magazine Atlantis. The interview has several photos of Carneiro, taken during recent rehearsals, concerts and recordings: hope you enjoy the article!

December News
Thursday, December 22, 2005

After returning from New Zealand, Carneiro went straight into his teaching residence at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon (where he is the visiting professor of solo percussion studies). Shortly after Carneiro performed a recital at Teatro Aveirense in northern Portugal, on the 17th December (photos below).

During these very last days of the year, Carneiro is involved in the editing/mastering of his upcoming disc on Sirr-Ecords, Improbable Transgressions:

The disc, to be released during spring 2006, is an album of improvised music for marimba. Carneiro recorded nine improvisations, each inspired by a particular sonic artist. Each recording was sent to the artist, who will be responsible for "hacking" it. An exciting and original collaborative work, featuring: André Sier, Ivan Franco, Convolution Brothers (Cort Lippe & Miller Puckette), João Pedro Oliveira, Chris Brown, Cristian Vogel, Stephan Mathieu, Ralf Wehowsky and Brandon LaBelle.

Os cinco filmes da minha vida
Friday, December 02, 2005

As escolhas dos cinco filmes preferidos de Pedro Carneiro, na zona vip do Cinema PT Gate:

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New Concerto album by Olympics composer
Friday, December 02, 2005

Hailed as New Zealand’s most ambitious classical recording project yet, Rattle Records will record three John Psathas concertos.

The photo below was taken at the end of the recording of "View from Olympus" (for piano, percussion and orchestra), by John Psathas (right), featuring Pedro Carneiro (left) and pianist Michael Houston (centre). The work was conducted by Marc Taddei, leading the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and it took place at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on the 21st and 22nd of November.

Recent Reviews
Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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Carneiro, Raposo and Franco at Lugar Comum
Monday, October 31, 2005

Concert on the 5th November, at 10pm, featuring Carneiro (marimba), Paulo Raposo and Ivan Franco (live electronics), at Lugar Comum/Fábrica da Pólvora de Barcarena, Portugal.

This concert is part of the recording project of Carneiro's new experimental disc for Sirr-Ecords (Improbable Transgressions) on the 3rd and 4th November.

Further info about the concert, click here.
Further info about the album, click here.

New Website!
Saturday, October 29, 2005

fiogf49gjkf0d has been redesigned! Feel free to comment -- and apologies for the sections still under construction, we promise to be expeditious!

Bilbao success!
Monday, October 17, 2005

Carneiro was performing with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Juanjo Mena, on the 13th and 14th October. The concerts were a success:

"Gabriel Erkoreka, an exceptionally creative musician, arrives to a remarkable degree of expressiveness in his work "Afrika" (2002), one of his most accomplished compositions, without having to make a folkloristic reference to the country who inspired him. The work is extremely interesting from beginning to end. Pedro Carneiro, a true marimba virtuoso, performed his solo part brilliantly. His work was essential for the understanding of the composition. The composer had one of the greatest cheers ever heard in Bilbao, for a work presented practically as a première."
Karmelo Errekatxo, El Correo (Bilbao, España) - 15/10/2005

The photo below was taken after the concert on the 14th, with Junjo Mena (left) and Gabriel Erkoreka (right), the composer of "Afrika", the beautiful marimba concerto performed.

Pedro Carneiro goes ringtoning!
Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Carneiro has just created three audio ring tones for mobile phones. These were commissioned by Vodafone and will soon be available as a free download at the company's website. For now, you can a listen to the mp3 files here.

October Performances: Bilbao, Lisbon and Far East
Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Carneiro will perform as a guest soloist with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Junjo Mena. He will perform the marimba concerto Afrika, by Gabriel Erkoreka - on the 13th and 14th October.

Straight to Lisbon, for a recital on the 18th, then to Far East: solo recital tour in Manila, Seoul and Tokyo.

For details of these concerts, please feel free to contact Teresa Simas (on the contacts link).

Pedro Carneiro on tour in Italy
Saturday, September 24, 2005

Carneiro was performing in Rome and Napoli between the 16th and 22nd September. He rehearsed at the Villa Medici with the composer Pedro Amaral, who wrote Script, a half hour long work for marimba and live electronics.

New DVDplus
Saturday, August 20, 2005

Carneiro's first recording (DVDplus) for Zig Zag Territoires, featuring works by Xenakis. Received rave reviews and awards internationally!

Click on the DVDplus cover for further information and to buy the recording directly from Zig-Zag Territoires website. If in doubt, please contact us for assistance:

Instrumenta Verano, Mexico
Thursday, August 18, 2005

Carneiro was performing and teaching in Mexico, at Instrumenta Verano in Oaxaca, for 10 days at the end of July and beginning of August. The photo below was taken during a masterclass.


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