Manuel Lima is a composer-performer from Brazil. His diverse work includes lecture-performances, sound and light installations and endurance performance pieces (‘The Cube’ - a ten-day work living inside a self-built structure with a piano). He also works in cross-disciplinary platforms such as theater, dance, and video. Manuel has recently appeared at Ilan Volkov’s Athen’s version of Tectonics.
In 2017, Manuel has developed the work ‘36 lessons’. Every day from March 1 to April 5, Lima followed the randomly generated instructions dictated to him from a Python script to create sound collages from a mixture of analogue synthesizer, cassette recorder, and found audio from YouTube videos. Each collage also incorporates an English to Portuguese translation, configuring them as ‘lessons’ inviting new meaning alongside the soundscape. His current performances develop this process where simple translations evolve within sound collages.
Manuel holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.