Pedro de Alcantara has long traveled between countries and between creative domains. After growing up in Brazil, he studied classical music in New York and at Yale University. Following his American sojourn he lived in London for seven years, where he trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a problem-solving method based on the idea that good health is a creative act. Pedro is the author of Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide To The Alexander Technique and Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, both published by the Oxford University Press. His books also include the children’s novels Backtracked and Befiddled, published by Random House. In recent years Pedro has given recitals of his own improvisations and compositions, which highlight the vibratory and metaphysical aspects of music.
Pedro’s CDs include a collection of music for cello and piano that is featured in this journal, and one of his music, titled “Songs & Soundscapes.”
- Inside of this poetic space I am interested in the themes of epic tragedy meeting pop culture, classical painting interfacing with technology, and the religious mystic engaging the skeptic.