PlayFull Carolina Santiago Martínez
Triptych for piano and electronics based on collaborative games
Culture arises and unfolds in and as play. Culture itself bears the character of play (Homo Ludens, J. Huizinga). The act and the process of playing have served as methodologies to create three collaborative works, where experimentation arises between composer and performer during the creative process. By emphasising the blurring of hierarchies and defining the game board as a working field, the developed experiments are inspired by the games of the blind man's bluff, the spinning top and the ping pong table tennis.
Composers/ co-creators/ collaborators:
Carmen Kleykens Vidal (Evasión del tacto)
Francis St-Germain (44 Toupies)
Fiona Xue Ju (Ping Pong Game)
Concept, co-creator, pianist, performer interludes composer: Carolina Santiago Martínez
Thanks to my CoPeCo colleagues for their support, energy and friendship, and to all the teachers, colleagues, technicians, inspiring artists and everyone who made this project possible.
Carolina Santiago Martínez: Contemporary and classical music pianist, performer and artistic researcher, Carolina Santiago's work focuses on blurring the creativity boundaries and hierarchies between performer and composer, rethinking the agency of collaborative process, and researching the performer as an embodied mind. Santiago is pianist of Barcelona Modern Ensemble, coordinator of the International Composition Course Barcelona Modern, collaborator pianist of different ensembles such as Ensemble Linea (Strasbourg) and founder of Syntagma Piano Duo and Duo Ekriktiko. She has received many awards such as the Piano Córdoba Prize, II Prize of the Piano Meeting Festival, Scholarship from the Fundació Liceu, BPA Yamaha Scholarship and three scholarships from the AIE Spanish Association of Artists. Nowadays, she is doing the CoPeCo Masters Programme, together with the PhD in artistic research at the University of Aveiro. Santiago has worked hand in hand with composers such as Simon Steen-Andersen, Francesco Filidei, Alberto Posadas, Mark Andre, Raphäel Cendo and López López, among others. As concert pianist, she has participated in festivals such as Festival Royaumont (France), Zyclus Nouvelles Aventures (Wiener Konzerthaus, Austria), NienteForte New Orleans (USA), Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany), Svensk Musikvar Festival Stockholm (Sweden), Sound Plasma (Estonia), etcetera.