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"PLAYING WITH THE UNIVERSE" [2019]

Premiered in the USA

27-09-2019

 My new work "Playing with the Universe" will be premiered and played by the incredible Cantus, with performances from October 10-20 at five Twin Cities venues.
"One Giant Leap" celebrates the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit and the pursuit of excellence through innovation and technology."

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STRING PLAYED BY THE MOB [2019] was awarded the 1st Prize at the Unternehmen Gegenwart in Germany!

The premiere of the three pieces will take place at the University of Music (HfKM) in Regensburg on the 19th Oktober 2019 by Stimmgold Vokalensemble

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Golden Day Performance Wins Reading Cultural Award

21-08-2019

"The world premiere performance of Gerson Batista’s Golden Day given by Reading Phoenix Choir at the Reading Concert Hall as part of their annual concert was awarded Performance of the Year at the recent Reading Cultural Awards dinner at the Hilton hotel.

Walter Hussey Composition Competition organiser Howard Jenner and Reading Phoenix Choir chair Chris Riley were there to collect the award from the representative of the award’s sponsor Berkeley, the home developers.

BBC Radio 3’s Fiona Talkington announced the win as the performance of a new piece written to celebrate a Reading institution, performed in a Reading institution, as part of a global competition with wide-reaching impact.  The performance was conducted by David Crown in the presence of composer Gerson Batista who had travelled from his home in Portugal to be there and who accepted his award on stage following the performance to rapturous applause from both the audience and the choir.

The inaugural Walter Hussey Composition Competition winning piece Golden Day has now been professionally published by Scherzo Editions, enabling it to be performed by choirs across the world; each edition explaining the background of the piece, and its place in the history of the Reading Phoenix Choir and the town of Reading.

On 13th July, the same day as Reading Phoenix Choir’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert at the Great Hall at the University of Reading, the world premiere of yet another Gerson Batista piece Wandering the Seven Seas took place at the amazing Colyer-Fergusson Hall in Canterbury by the Caritas Chamber Choir."

Tedx Aveiro 2019

26-05-2019

Thank you very much for the invitation TedxAveiro! Congratulations to all the involved, it was a fantastic event and it exceeded all my expectations.

Golden Day is now published

23-05-2019

Golden Day is now published!

Many, many thanks to the Reading Phoenix Choir, for the opportunity, because if it were not for them this piece would never have been composed, and of course, many thanks to João Vidinha and Scherzo Editions for the brilliant editing work.
"Let's sing our souls out!"

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Descontorções in Lisbon

21-05-2019

My work DESCONTORÇÕES, 1st Prize at the PRÉMIO DE COMPOSIÇÃO ACORDEÃO Fundação INATEL / Associação FOLEFEST 2.ª EDIÇÃO – 2018, will be premiered on May 31st (9pm), at Auditório Carlos Paredes in Benfica, Lisboa, Portugal, during the Concert of the winning pieces.


Congratulations to all the winners and participants at this fantastic event!

1st Prize: Gerson de Sousa Batista
Work: descontorções - for transverse flute, accordion, violin, viola, cello and vibraphone

2nd Prize: João Pedro Paiva de Oliveira
Work: Hexagon - for transverse flute, accordion, marimba, vibraphone, violin and cello

3rd Prize: Francisco de Lagos Roque Pessanha Gomes
Work: Mourning - violin, cello and accordion

Wandering the Seven Seas  in the UK

24-04-2019

My piece "Wandering the Seven Seas" will be premiered on 13th July by the Caritas Chamber Choir at the Colyer Fergusson HallCanterbury.

"It's our great pleasure to announce the finalists and their works for Caritas International Emerging Composer Competition 2019. The theme this year is The Sea! The final will take place on 13th July at the Colyer Fergusson Hall, Canterbury.

Wandering the Seven Seas - Gerson Batista from Portugal 
Common Sailors - Daniel Edwards from U.K. 
The Submerged Citadel - Andrew Egan from Australia 
The Sea - Anthony Esland from U.K. 
The Sea and the Sailor - Harley Jones from U.K. 
Wild Water - Emma Wilde from U.K.

Tickets are already available from here

Please join us for our biggest event of the year!"

Os Suspiros de Dédalo is now published!

17-04-2019

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Fantástica notícia! É com muita alegria que anuncio que "Os Suspiros de Dédalo" se encontram agora publicados pelo mpmp (movimento patrimonial pela música portuguesa).

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Great news! It's with great joy that I announce that my piece "Os Suspiros de Dédalo" [Daedalus sighs], for solo accordion, is now published by mpmp.

you can purchase the music score in:
http://mpmp.pt/produto/acordeao-2-gersonbatista/

CATATÓNIA is Now Published

10-04-2019

Very good news! My piece Catatónia is now published by Scherzo Editions!

You can get the paper version in the Store or in the Scherzo Editions website.

My work "Bonfire Memories" will be premiered this Sunday (April 7th) by the Coro Universitario de Sant Yago in Valencia (Spain). The premiere will take place at the closing concert of the International Choral Workshop with Eriks Esenvalds.

Great news!

My piece GOLDEN DAY was the 1st Prize Winner of the Walter Hussey Composition Competition. I want to congratulate all the Reading Phoenix Choir, for the INCREDIBLE concert and event, which included many beautiful works from Anton Bruckner, Ola Gjeilo, Ralph Vaughan Williams and so many other incredible composers. I was really overwhelmed by the amazing quality and professionalism of the choir, directed by the incredibly charismatic David Crown. It was an epic day surrounded by incredible singers and people! It all felt like home!

Great news!
My work "Volta à Terra" was awarded with the 1st prize in the National Arts Competition "Aveiro Young Creator 2018" in the Music Category. After all, it was worth the risk of making this crazy piece of music. 
Congratulations to all the other participants and organizers for bringing so much color to Aveiro with this amazing event.

 

VOLTA À TERRA [2018]  for 4 male voices and 6 synthesizers plugged to Halion One and Massive

It is with great joy that I announce that my work for Choir "Bonfire Memories" was the winner of the International Composition Competition of Coro Universitario Sant Yago in Valencia (Spain), and it will be premiered on the 7th of April in Valência.

"El jurado, presidido por el director del coro, Pau De Luis, ha decidido que del total de 102 obras participantes en el Concurso de Composicion Coral, provenientes de los cinco continentes, las ganadoras son:

- Primer Premio: “Bonfire Memories”
Autor: Gerson De Sousa Batista (Portugal)

- Mención de honor: “Irish Blessing”
Autor: Francisco Jr. De Guzman (Filipinas)

El estreno de las obras tendrá lugar el día 7 de Abril, como parte del programa del concierto de clausura del taller Coral Internacional..."

Almost finishing this HUGE edition/encryption work "Circuitus II" for ensemble. A commission made by Casa da Música do Porto to Virgilio Melo, composed for the Remix Ensemble.

I'm very happy to see my first ever made piece for male choir "RAGNAROK" awarded with an Honorable Mention on the 6th International Composer’s Competition OPUS IGNOTUM for youth choirs, in the Czech Republic.

"Porota udelila doporucení k vydání také následujícím skladbám:
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Ragnarok (Gerson de Sousa Batista, Portugalsko)

Sonet 128 (Robert S. Cohen, USA)

This New Carol (Julie Cane, UK)

Vyznání ruži (Emil Hradecký, CR)"

Big thanks to the talented StimmGold Vokalensemble, for premiering my piece "Whispers" on the past 20th of October, in Regensburg, Germany.

 

For the ones who were not present, I think you'll have the opportunity to hear the concert recording soon.

It is already on the 17th of November, that Inês Filipe will premiere my piano piece "DANÇA NO TEMPO".
The concert will be in the Museum of Aveiro, at 4pm, and also counts with a  beautiful program written entirely by Portuguese composers.

Program:

F. Lopes-Graça (1906-1994)
Prelúdio III
Prelúdio V
Primeira Sonatina Recuperada

Álvaro Salazar (1938)
Siete apuntes para un meccano

Filipe Pires (1934-2015)
Figurações II

Gerson de Sousa Batista (1988)
A Dança no Tempo (World Premier) 

I just finished  "Viagem à Caverna do Tempo" for Orchestra and Choir, commissioned by the Conservatorio de Música de Águeda
The piece will be premiered soon by the Orquestra Instrumental Ensemble and by the Choir of the Conservatório de Música de Águeda, under the direction of Nuno Silva.

Catatónia [Live COncert Recording]

1st Prize WInner of the 5th edition of the Composition Competition for Choir - Peças Frescas Açores

05-10-2018

Take a look/listen.

"Fazem já alguns anos que tudo mudou irreversivelmente

A vida passou a ser outra coisa

Eu sei que é sempre outra coisa, mas desta vez é como se já não existisse..."

A new "baby" was born

"A DANÇA NO TEMPO"

20-09-2018

“A Dança no Tempo”, for piano, is Completed!
Great journey of sounds!

This piece is dedicated to my dear friend and talented pianist, Inês Carolina de Matos Filipe. 

SPOILER ALERT: World Premier on the 17th November in Museu de Aveiro.

Very good news! We are going to Germany. My work "WHISPERS", for six voice ensemble, was awarded with the 3rd Prize at the International Composition Competition STADT-LAND-FLUSS in Regensburg, Germany. The winning works will be premiered on the 20th October by StimmGold Vokalensemble in the Theater Regensburg.

Está a chegar a versão remisturada e em CD do CINZEIRO de FLORES e por isso aproveito para partilhar um pouco do final da coisa que serviu de prelúdio à odisseia. Nunca pensei que iria partilhar esta canção ou lá o que é isto, pois na altura serviu apenas para eu testar uma data de mecanismos de som, mas hoje pensei: YOLO!!

Fiquem com o score following da parte final da DIMENSÃO SETE.

 

DIMENSÃO SETE - [2017] canção para 3 vozes, 3 sintetizadores e um piano (parte final)

 

“Acorda! Agora!

Está na hora de ver a Terra TODA!

Acorda! Agora!

Vamos abrir a caixa de PANDORA!”

A CATATÓNIA, será estreada amanha pelo Nova Era Vocal Ensemble, pelas 21h00, na Igreja do Colégio,em Ponta Delgada. O programa conta ainda com peças de Hugo Vasco ReisSara RossDaniel DavisFábio CachãoJoão Fonseca Costa e Rodrigo Cardoso.

My work "DESCONTORÇÕES" will be premiered at the Festival FOLEFEST 2019 with live broadcast by Antena 2, after being awarded with the 1st Prize of the COMPOSITION COMPETITION for ACCORDION Fundação INATEL / Associação FOLEFEST 2.ª EDIÇÃO – 2018.

 

* DESCONTORÇÕES [2018] - for flute, accordion, violin, viola, cello and vibraphone

My work "CATATÓNIA", for choir, was awarded with the 1st Prize at the Composition Competition - Peças Frescas 5ª Edição/2018. The premiere will be on the 20th of July at the Igreja do Colégio in Ponta Delgada.

Foi brutal ontem. Organização, oradores e pessoas incríveis!
The TroubleMaker, a fazerem das suas, no TEDxAveiro 2018.

Regravei e remisturei o Cinzeiro de Flores em canções mais pequenas. 

Já podemos ver e ouvir o primeiro single dos remakes, MONTE DE INSTANTES.

Depois de uma fase de estudo e redescoberta  da minha perspectiva musical e existencial, decidi iniciar recentemente um novo ciclo de composições no âmbito instrumental, ao longo do qual explorarei novas perspectivas e ideias  que vim a construir e desenvolver ao longo dos últimos meses. Entretanto mantenham-se atentos que existe bastante música nova e outras novidades para partilhar já ao virar da esquina.

Dia 7 de Fevereiro, no Teatro da Trindade, será estreada a minha peça para acordeão de concerto, “Os Suspiros de Dédalo”, tocada pelo Pedro Santos. O concerto será também transmitido em directo pela Antena 2. Estão todos convidados a aparecer ou a sintonizar a rádio, ao que parece o resto do programa promete!

Comission - Social Resilience Soundtrack 
07.01-2018

Aqui está um excerto de uma banda sonora que compus e produzi recentemente para um vídeo encomendado pelo Facebook à Stark Crew. Um vídeo filmado em três países diferentes (U.S.A., Itália e Peru) e ainda com banda sonora portuguesa. :D
Quem quiser espreitar e ver na íntegra pode fazê-lo aqui ( http://starkcrew.com/our-portfolio/ ) é o vídeo com o título "Social Resilience". Cool stuff!

Good News! Já se encontra publicada a Voces Hominum para violino, clarinete em Sib, violoncelo, piano e octeto vocal. Podem já aceder ao link na loja. Quem estiver interessado em ouvir o total da obra pode pedir por mensagem pessoal que eu disponibilizarei um link com vídeo/áudio completo (14 minutos).

Eu e os restantes The Troublemaker vamos estar dia 3 de Fevereiro, a fazer música bem no coração da nossa cidade, na sala principal do Teatro Aveirense para o concerto de lançamento do formato físico do nosso álbum “Sarilhos”. Apontem já nas agendas, está toda a gente convidada a vir participar na grande festa que aí vem!

Cinzeiro de Flores
01.01-2018

O Cinzeiro de Flores, uma música/álbum em português, para piano, voz e electrónica, completamente composta, tocada e produzida por mim no meu home studio em Aveiro. Liguem as colunas, encostem-se para trás e embarquem nesta viagem de sons.

Cinzeiro de Flores
11.11.2017

Hoje é dia do 4º excerto do Cinzeiro de Flores.

Cinzeiro de Flores
10.10.2017

Hoje é dia do 3º excerto do Cinzeiro de Flores.

Cinzeiro de Flores
09.09.2017

Já andam por aí a soar pedaços do Cinzeiro de Flores.

Cinzeiro de Flores
25.08.2017

O Cinzeiro de Flores está às portas! Tenho andado a trabalhar este álbum ao longo dos últimos dois anos, totalmente escrito na língua de Camões, e finalmente está quase a chegar a altura de ele ver a luz do dia! Dá aí uma espreitadela!

Sarilhos! Quase quase....
17.08.2017

As gravações estão terminadas e já estou a misturar as malhas do “Sarilhos” dos The Troublemaker. Em breve temos Sarilhos em HD! Até jáaaaaaa!