A chance encounter, Lucas and Fabricio met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
United by a passion for exciting and innovative ideas and Brazilian music, they soon started to collaborate, organising the first ever event at the Academy dedicated to "The Music of Brazil".
Collaboration and interdisciplinarity has constantly grown in the duo's activities. An important collaboration has been with poet Audrey Ardern-Jones in reigniting the Poetry and Music Ensemble, performing thematic programmes around UK in places such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal College of Nursing, Goodenough College, The People's Museum in Manchester and Sala Brasil at the Brazilian Embassy in London.
Following this success they created the project called "dsharpgents | re:staging music" - a creative enterprise that took the old tradition of the salon but with a modern twist. This lead to many unique and intimate performances in UK and Switzerland.
Another important project has included "deconstructing dance" a performance that deconstructs the aesthetics of dance as a musical genre, exploring three basic elements shared between dance and music: gestures, rhythms, and places.
They have also received exciting invitations for performances with the Poliphonia Charity in London, Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil and most recently a performance at William Bennett's International Flute Summer School.
Lucas F. Jordan
An innovative and prize-winning flutist and composer in search of ever growing expressivity in both fields, Lucas Jordan crosses musical boundaries and redefines them with the aim of reconnecting music with today's society. This desire has lead to projects and collaborations, such as “The Invisible Cities Project”, “dsharpgents | re:staging music”, and “Wenn heute sich mit gestern vermischt” (2009 – 2011; with support awarded by the “momento stiftung”), and “das kurze festival - edition number one”.
As a flutist he has performed throughout Europe and the Americas working closely with international musicians, dancers, poets and composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Jörg Widmann, Mario Ferraro, Klaus Huber, Isabel Mundry along with many emerging composers. He was a founding member of the Dialoge Company Berlin/Zurich, that researched the intersections of improvised music and dance. He was assistant to Matthias Ziegler at the University of Arts Zurich, Switzerland, and later Teaching Assistant and Premier Flautist at “William Bennett’s International Flute Summer School”. Since then he has given workshops and masterclasses in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland Colombia and Brazil. He currently collaborates with guitarist Fabricio Mattos, with whom he forms the Jordan Mattos Duo and pushes the boundaries of what a flute and guitar duo can express.
After winning the “Audience’s Choice Prize” of the Composition Competition of the Camerata Zurich he has been commissioned several new works, which have been performed throughout Europe and Asia. His interest in collaboration lead to the soundtrack for the documentary film “One Girl” directed by Rosa Russo, which is gaining recognition in film festivals worldwide. As a composer he explores the expression of non-musical concepts through music and expanding musical expression through gestures and connection to other art forms. This resulted in the opera “God Save the Tea” in collaboration with theater director Irene Ros and produced by cutmoose and premiered at the “Tête à Tête” festival in London.
Born in Brazil and having lived in the USA, Brazil, Switzerland and England, Lucas Jordan studied at the Zurich University of Arts, Switzerland with Matthias Ziegler (flute) and Isabel Mundry (composition) and the Royal Academy of Music, London with William Bennett (flute). He is grateful to have been awarded generous scholarships from the LYRA Stiftung and Alfred und Isle Stammer-Mayer Stiftung (Switzerland).
Fabricio Mattos is a classical guitarist and researcher in music performance. Being deeply committed in finding new paths for music-making in the 21st century, he has been performing regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in five continents. He has launched many recordings, played numerous concert tours worldwide, and won international prizes such as the acclaimed ‘Julian Bream Award’, which in parallel to his other personal projects helped him to reach an increasingly higher level of performance and research.
Mattos has collaborated with dozens of creative professionals over the last few years, adding in quantity and quality to the present and future of guitar performance. Recently, Fabricio Mattos has only been involved in essentially collaborative projects; this attitude generated a healthy artistic output that could only be achieved through serious and passionate work. The most impressive results of such artistic view came with the creative enterprise WGC - Worldwide Guitar Connections, founded in 2011 and with which Mattos has travelled to 27 countries so far. Mattos works regularly with flutist Lucas Jordan, singer Georgia Knower and poet Audrey Ardern-Jones, and is also in demand as music teacher working as a private guitar tutor in London and guest artist/lecturer in many festivals and academic institutions worldwide.
Fabricio Mattos was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and began his musical life at the age of six playing percussion instruments at carnival celebrations with his father. After studying the flute and the violin he took classical guitar lessons with Dirceu Saggin, and afterwards with Luiz Cláudio Ferreira. In 2013 Mattos graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal Academy of Music, having been awarded with a full scholarship. At RAM he received instrumental tuition from Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and Julian Bream, and developed a project on gestural processes in guitar performance under academic guidance of Sarah Callis and Neil Heyde. Fabricio Mattos is currently a PhD student at the Royal Academy of Music, researching the influence of spaces, dynamics, and layouts on the terminology of Performance.