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Pedro Melo Alves

Pedro Melo Alves was born 1991 in Porto/ Portugal and has consistently been working as a drummer and composer in innovative jazz bands (Omniae Ensemble, In Igma, The Rite of Trio), contemporary electroacoustic projects (his solo O or his trio symph), improvised music (with Luís Vicente, Yedo Gibson, Theo Ceccaldi), instrumental rock (Catacombe), and soundtracks for Theatre and Dance (with Schaubühne's Peter Kleinert or Carlota Lagido). With studies in Jazz and Contemporary Composition he has been recognized with composition, solo drums and band awards and is now establishing himself as one of the new european creative voices, participating in Jazzahead, 12 Points and European Jazz Conference.

Awards

2019 - Premio Internazionale Giorgio Gaslini 2017 - National Musician of the Year (jazz.pt) 2016 - National Composition Award "Prémio de Composição Bernardo Sassetti" (Portugal) 2007 - Solo Drums Award "Yamaha PMS" (Spain)


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”Twenty-six year old drummer/pianist Pedro Melo Alves from Porto is the vigorous shining Wunderkind of Portuguese jazz. (...) (Henning Bolte, All About Jazz, 2018)

“Today, the names on the minds of portuguese fans are those of accordionist João Barradas and drummer Pedro Melo Alves, both unanimously acclaimed by the critics.” (Julien Aunos, Citizen Jazz, 2018)

“(…) one of the most promising musical minds that showed up in Portugal on the last years.” (João Esteves da Silva, jazz.pt, 2017)

“He is one of the young talents of portuguese jazz and through him will pass the future of the portuguese creative music.” (Nuno Catarino, 2018)

“(...) he is attempting to search for new ways to use percussion colours and with this incessant search for creative expression you can be rest assured that Mr Alves arrives at satisfying destinations by surprising, inventive and absorbing means.” (Raul da Gama, 2018)

Albums

Bad Company

Clean Feed Records
2021

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Lumina

Clean Feed Records
2021

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In Igma

Clean Feed Records
2020

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Omniae Ensemble

Nischo Records
2017

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