Manuel Lima is a performer-composer developing musical performances, performance art, installations and live video. Originally from Brazil, he is a Doctoral Candidate at California Institute of the Arts, holding a Bachelor and Master degrees in music composition. His work features several collaborations with video, cinema, theater, multimedia installations and dance as a composer and pianist.
He began his musical education in classical music at the age of six, learning flute and piano. At sixteen he started composition and theory lessons, being accepted in the composition program at São Paulo University. At this time he started producing his first soundtracks, for public television and national geographic, performing as pianist and flutist with jazz ensembles as well as traditional brazilian percussion with folkloric groups. He has taught private piano teacher and worked as a freelancer soundtrack composer.
In 2010 he collaborated with Improvisation Nucleus, a contemporary dance company dedicated to improvisation, and with its director Zelia Monteiro, developed the performance Six Studies for Float awarded by APCA. In 2011, he collaborated and performed in a contemporary adaptation of the play “Mary Stuart", touring more than 100 cities, including the Internationale Schillertage Nationaltheater (Mannheim/ Germany). In 2012 he started a collaboration with the visual artist Luiz Duva, performing in the international Live Cinema in Rio de Janeiro, with the work Storm, granted by Itaú Bank.
From 2007 to 2013, he was awarded five grants: one for the recording of a CD, Nazareth Reloaded, a recreation of the work of Ernesto Nazareth for four-hand piano, one for a tour with piano, electronic and video performance Atlanticos, both from the Cultural Action Grant from Sao Paulo State, another for the project Musical Visions, also performed a four-hand piano tour including original compositions, a Vitae Foundation Grant and finally the Full Doctoral Abroad Grant from CAPES to pursue studies at the California Institute of the Arts.
In California developed The Red Light Piano, performing at The Wulf and at the Roy O. Disney Hall at CalArts. It was commissioned by the City of West Hollywood to do the performance The Cube. It has developed a Lecture Performance Series, and presented Lecture Performances in São Paulo, Los Angeles and Melbourne. It was awarded by the Strange Music Festival (São Paulo) for the composition and performance of an original Lecture Performance.