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Born in 1957, Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta is an erudite music composer - working with neurology, especially neuro-aesthetics, since the early 1980s. His works include more than four hundred musical compositions - performed in major theaters and museums around the world (Lincoln Center, Joyce Theater and The Kitchen in New York, Opera Garnier, Opera Bastille or La Ville Theater in Paris, Shinjuku Bunka Center in Tokyo, the Montpellier Opera, the Aix en Provence Festival or the Nancy National Opera in France, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the MASP Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo, La Fenice in Venice, the Biennale of São Paulo and the Biennale of Venice among many others); more than eighty books and fifty compact discs published in several countries, international awards and revolutionary concepts. He worked, as commissioned composer, with John Cage over his last seven years of life - of whom he became great friend. The same with Merce Cunningham with whom he worked since 1986. In the 1970s he started a new type of music score, made inside Virtual Reality, in four dimensions. The first retrospective exhibition of these works took place in Centro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil, in 1983. He studied with the famous German composer Hans Joachim Koellreutter, former student of Paul Hindemith, Herman Scherchen, Kurt Thomas and Marcel Moyse, former director of Darmstadt and master of Luigi Nono and Karlheinz Stockhausen among others. In 2014 he published his book MUSIC - A Brief History of the Western Musical Thought, covering about eight thousand years. He lives in Locarno, Switzerland - his main residence - but also in New York and Lisbon. Created in 1993, his website is at www.emanuelpimenta.net.