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Tim Rescala

Tim Rescala


Born into a family of professional musicians, Tim Rescala began his musical studies in early childhood. His formal training, however, began in 1976 when, at the age of fifteen, he attended the Federal University School of Music in Rio de Janeiro. In 1979 he entered the Villa-Lobos School of Music where he studied piano under Maria Yêda Cadah and composition under Hans-Joachim Koellreutter. That same year he won first prize in the Villa-Lobos Composition Competition.


In 1983 he received his Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Certificate from the University of Rio de Janeiro. Up until this time Tim had worked as a pianist and arranger of popular music. After graduating, however, Tim’s work began to combine music with theatre. His incidental music for the plays Will and A Porta (The door) received the coveted Mambembe Prize; since that time, Tim has worked as composer or musical director for more than fifty shows.


Tim Rescala has taken part in various festivals of contemporary music both in Brazil and abroad – most notably the Festival Sonidos de las Amerícas Brasil, which was held in April 1996 in New York. In this festival, Tim presented two of his works in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.


Tim is currently composing popular music, music for the concert hall and incidental music for the theatre, working with directors such as Aderbal Freiere-Filho, Amir Haddad and Alvaro Apocalypse of the group Giramundo.


He has been music producer at TV Globo since 1988.


Tim has written scripts and music for the Orquestra Brasileira de Sapateado (Brazilian Tap Dance Orchestra) and also for cinema and video, most notably in collaboration with the director Eduardo Coutinho.


Tim is a founding member of the Estudio da Glória, a composers’ cooperative founded in Rio in 1981 to create and promote electro-acoustic compositions. Together with Rudolfo Caesar, he has produced two CDs of electro-acoustic music: O Estúdio Glória and Música Electroacústica Brasileira for the Rio-Arte Digital label.


In 1993, he again received the Mambembe Prize, this time for the text of his children’s musical Pianíssimo; in 1995 he was awarded the Sated Prize for the score. That same year, Pianíssimo was adapted as a children’s book and published by RHJ.


In December 1996, his Pequena História (não autorizada) da Música (A short – unauthorized – history of music) was published by Editora Frente.


In 1995, Tim was commissioned by Rio-Arte to write a children’s opera. The result – A Orquestra dos Sonhos (The orchestra of dreams) – was staged at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in 1997 to critical and public acclaim. A Orquestra was the first children’s opera to be recorded in Brazil and its release on CD inaugurated the Pianíssimo label, dedicated to music for children.


In 1997, Tim’s second children’s opera, Papagueno, received the Mambembe Prize for best script and the Coca-Cola Prize for best music. That year Tim also won two out of the five Mambembe Trophies, awarded annually for best play: the first for A Orquestra dos Sonhos, the second for Papagueno. A Orquestra dos Sonhos also received the Golfinho de Ouro Prize awarded by the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro.


Between 1997 and 2000, Tim was presenter of the Concertos para a Juventude series of young people’s concerts at the Teatro Carlos Gomes, Rio de Janeiro.


Tim’s “street” opera O Homem que Sabia Português (The man who knew how to speak Portuguese) received its première in August of 1998. The opera, which was commissioned by the Burlatins Company of Belo Horizonte and written to his own libretto, was awarded the Sesc and Sated prizes (Belo Horizonte) for best text and best music and, the following year, the Shell Prize (Rio de Janeiro), also for best music.


In November 1998, Tim’s opera to his own libretto, A Redenção pelo Sonho (Redemption by dream), had its first performance at Sesc Ipiranga in São Paulo. The work, commissioned by Sesc, is about the life and works of Monteiro Lobato.


In 1999, he received the Bolsa Vitae grant to write Brincando de Orquestra, an “educational” play for children.


In 2001, he again won the Shell Prize for his music for the play Um Trêm Chamado do Desejo, staged by the group Galpão of Belo Horizonte.


Tim’s musical play Pianíssimo, translated and directed by Tani Costa, became the first children’s play ever presented by the Comedie Française in Paris. The same director is also mounting Papagueno (Perroquin), which will be presented in various cities in France starting in October 2002.


In 2001, Tim wrote his third children’s opera, O Cavalinho Azul (The little blue horse), with libretto based on the text by Maria Clara Machado. It was performed at the Tablado theatre in Rio de Janeiro under the direction of Cacá Mourthé.


In 2002, with Arrigo Barnabé and Guto Lacaz, he wrote and staged the opera 22 Antes Depois (22 before after) at the Ipiranga Sesc in São Paulo in commemoration of the eightieth anniversary of Brazil’s 1922 Modern Art Week.


2002 saw the first performance of his second opera for the Burlantins Company, À Sombra do Sucesso, and November of the same year saw the release of his CD Romance Policial (Crime story), containing seven concert pieces.


Under the same label, his CD Desritmificações came out in 2003. This was the first release by the Quinteto Tim Rescala, with Oscar Bolão on drums, David Ganc on sax and flute, Ronaldo Diamante on bass, and Fábio Adour on acoustic guitar, along with Tim on piano and sampler and as composer.


Another Pianíssimo title – Contos, cantos e acalantos – earned José Mauro Brant and Tim Rescala the 2002 TIM Prize for best children’s CD.


In 2004, Tim wrote both lyrics and music for the children’s musical A Turma do Pererê, based on a book by Ziraldo. Met by both public and critical acclaim, the play was also recorded on CD on the Pianíssimo label that same year.


In 2004 and 2005, he composed the music for TV Globo’s mini-series Hoje é dia de Maria, directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho; the CD was released by Som Livre.


In 2005, Tim became director of Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Baden Powell and also created and directed Sesc’s Multimúsica series, comprising eight educational concerts performed by 48 artists at theatres on the poor outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

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