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Doublebass Player, Composer
I am currently living in Lisbon, trying to learn and play as much as I
can with my fellow musicians. Some of them are Afonso Pais, Luis
Candeias, Julio Resende, Joana Espadinha, Joao Firmino, Rui Pereira,
Gonçalo Marques, Bruno Santos, Desiderio Lazaro, Rita Martins, Luisa
Sobral and Paula Sousa.
I’m also teaching bass at the Escola de Jazz Luis Villas-Boas do Hot
Some of my projects are:
•My own band feat. Luis Figueiredo piano ; Bruno Pedroso drums ; Ricardo Toscano sax ; Diogo Duque trumpet ; João Firmino and Afonso Pais guitar ; Luisa Sobral and Joana Espadinha vocals •Nuno Ferreira feat. Nuno Ferrira guitar ; Chris Kase trumpet ; João Mortagua alto sax ; Luis Cunha trombone ; Abe Rabade piano ; Joel Silva drums •André Santos feat. André Santos guitar ; Ricardo Toscano sax ; João Pereira drums •João Firmino Trio feat. João Firmino guitar ; Luis Candeias drums •Luisa Sobral feat. Luisa Sobral vocals ; João Salcedo piano ; Carlos Miguel drums •Spyros Manesis Trio feat. Spyros Manesis piano ; Kaspars Kurdeko drums •João Firmino 5tet feat. João Firmino guitar ; Desiderio Lazaro sax ; Oscar Graça piano ; Luis Candeias drums •Mariana Norton feat. Mariana Norton vocals ; Bruno Santos guitar ; Oscar Graça piano ; Luis Candeias drums •Bruno Santos Ensemble feat. Bruno Santos guitar ; Rodrigo Gonçalves piano ; Luis Candeias drums ; Jorge Reis alt/soprano sax ; Cesar Cardoso tenor sax ; Paulo Gaspar bass clarinete ; Gonçalo Marques trumpet ; Luis Cunha trombone ; Mariana Norton vocals. I was born on a cold January 1986 morning in Lisbon… Piano was my first try to get in touch with music when I was a kid living in the countryside of Alentejo but soon I found out that this was not my instrument but something else. It wasn’t until my 16th easter that I got my first electric bass as a gift. A gift that changed my future as nothing else did before. During this period I studied with Gregg Moore and Miguel Amado who taught me the fundamentals of electric bass playing as well as the masters of this instrument, but as soon as I finished High School I moved back to Lisbon to study jazz in the Hot Clube de Portugal “Luis Villas-Boas Jazz School”. When I turned 20 I found out that I couldn’t express what I wanted with an electric bass and so I decided to learn double bass with Nelson Cascais as a teacher. One year later I moved to Holland to study in the Amsterdam Conservatory, with 3 great teachers: Franz van der Hoeven, Arnold Dooyawerd and Ernst Glerum and I graduated in June 2010 with 9 out of 10. During the period I studied in Amsterdam I got the 3rd Prize in the “Bucharest International Jazz Competition” and went to the semi-finals of the “Keep an Eye Jazz Award 2009″ – nothing really came out of it, but I met some great people on the way. Recently I won the “Premio Jovens Musicos 2011″ jazz combo category with Ricardo Toscano Quartet. I had the opportunity to play in some major jazz Festivals around the world like London Jazz Festival (UK), Cully Jazz (switzerland) , Den Hague Jazz Festival, Jazz Ahead (germany) IJ Jazz Festival, Breda Jazz Festival, Meer Jazz festival, Trytone Jazz Festival, (Holland), Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Festival de Jazz de Cartagena, Europa Fest (Romania), Sudoeste TMN, CoolJazzFest, Festa de Jazz do S.Luis, Festival de Valado dos Frades, Jazz no Castelo, Seixal Jazz (Portugal). I had the pleasure to learn with John Clayton, Larry Grenadier, Reuben Rogers, Ben Street and Clemens Van der Feen. I’m currently beeing taught by Alejandro Oliva.