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João Barradas

João Barradas is one of the most recognized young accordionists in Europe. At age 22 is the winner, in various categories, of the most important competitions in the world like Trophée Mondiale Accordeon, Coupe Mondiale Accordeon, "Citta Di Castelfidardo" Competition and many other prizes. He is one of the most distinguished voices on the accordion jazz scene nowadays working as a leader or sideman with names like: João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Sérgio Carolino, Nelson Cascais, Bruno Pedroso, Carlos Barretto, Paula Oliveira, João Moreira, Afonso Pais, Pedro Madaleno, Alexandre Frazão, Hugo Trindade, Marcelo Araújo, Ricardo Toscano, Bernardo Moreira, Gileno Santana, Joel Silva, Demian Cabaud, Rita Maria, Luís Candeias, Eduardo Cardinho, Yuri Daniel, Jacob Sacks or ‪Sarpay Özçağatay. João was born in Portugal, Porto Alto, Samora Correia in February, 1992 and began to learn the accordion at the age of 6, at Music School of Samora Correia, at the age of 7 entered IMVM in Lisbon and the age of 9 entered the 2d grade of The Official Accordion Course, having as a teacher Aníbal Freire, 2 times World Champion of Accordion

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Festa do Jazz 2020

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Centro Cultural Belem Festa do Jazz 2020 Lisbon September 12-13, 2020 Festa do Jazz, celebration of jazz, is the annual meeting of the Portuguese jazz community. It is normally held end of March/begin of April. For many years it took place in old glory theatre São Luis Municipal in the Baixa-Chiado ...

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European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

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Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018 Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

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Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?

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In the 1940s Art van Damme swung sweetly on the accordion with cover pictures of beautiful girls sipping cocktails. Then, in the 1950s, the ebullient Angelo DiPippo introduced the instrument to hipsters at the Newport jazz festival before going on to play in the wedding sequence of the first Godfather movie.

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Label: Inner Circle Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Expressive Idea; Letter To Mother’s Immersion; Varazdin’s Landscape; Unknown Identity; Amalgamat; Amalgamat (Outro); Tiling The Plane; The Red Badge Of Courage; Manners Of Normality; Homeric Hymn; Ignorance.

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João Barradas: Directions

Read "Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Since childhood, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas has been winning awards on his instrument at national and international level. His undoubted talent on his chosen instrument--and its midi version--is on display throughout Directions, his first album as leader. So, too, is his talent as a composer--all but one of the tracks are his original compositions.


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