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Tim Rescala


Tim Rescala (b. Luiz Augusto Rescala, 21 November 1961, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian composer, arranger, pianist and theatre writer.

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.

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.

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 2004 and 2005, he composed the music for TV Globo’s mini-series Hoje é dia de Maria, directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho.

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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