Leo Correia de Verdier


Leo Correia de Verdier is a composer, musician and performance artist, master in Composition by the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She has also studied at the School of Music in Piteå at Luleå University of Technology, the Gotland School of Composition, Janáčková Konservatoř v Ostravě and Stockholm University.

I'm interested in the social aspects of music and art. In the concert as cermonal happenings. Many of my pieces have a ritual quality and explore how people experience music and art in new or unexpected circumstances. Existing rituals have meanings, power structures and sets of beliefs attached to them. Each time we perform a piece of music we could reinvent the concert form. Or create a new ritual with new meanings goals and assumptions.

I write my pieces as elaborations on concepts or qualities, mostly as emotional/intuitive constructions on different aspects of them. I often use techniques derived from spectralism, classical counterpoint or other older compositional techniques and sometimes pastiche to explore and twist the audiences relation to the music and concepts associated to it. I like to think of it as folk music of an imaginary culture.

Leo has written music for, among others, the Swedish Wind Orchestra, Pearls Before Swine and Hidden Mother and recieved commissions for public art from the City of Stockholm and Audiorama. Her music has been featured at the UNM festival and ISCM World New Music Days.