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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.
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.