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Jose Dias


Based in Manchester, UK, and part of the emerging new generation in Portuguese contemporary improvised music, Dias has performed and recorded with numerous artists. As composer, he has scored music for theatre, contemporary dance and animation film. His music is strongly inspired by the visual arts and literature. His projects deviate from the traditional language of jazz, and explore the dialogue between various contemporary sound universes, where experimentation is assumed as a central element. José Dias's discography as leader include “Jose Dias Quartet - 360” (Sintoma Records, 2013) “Magenta” (Sintoma Records, 2013), “What Could Have Been: The Seven Deadly Sins”(9Sintoma Records, 2016), “After Silence, Vol 1” (Clean Feed, 2019), and “Jose Dias & Awareness - Live at SMUP” (Escanifobetico Records, 2019)


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Festa do Jazz 2020

Read "Festa do Jazz 2020" reviewed by Henning Bolte

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 ...


After Silence, Vol. 1

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Now He's the Hunter Now He's the One Being Hunted; She Had a Light of Her Own; The Flickering Image Will Not Go Away; The Dark Place Within; Your Toes, Your Feet, Your Legs; Whilst Deciding Whether He Should Kiss Her or Not; Scattering Her Torn Pictures on the Floor; The Men in Dark Suits Are Coming; The Light Could Almost Blind Him.


Live at SMUP

Label: Escanifobetico Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: John Willoughby's Dilemma; The Notorious Death of Gustav; The Second Wind of Angela Vicario; The Innocent Gaze of Humbert; Hector Walks Through the Gate; Hergè’s First Girlfriend; Transformation.


Article: Album Review

Jose Dias & Awareness: Live at SMUP

Read "Live at SMUP" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Live at SMUP, guitarist and composer Jose Dias and his Awareness Quartet have produced a stunning musical landscape centered on Dias' interpretation of literary characters, books and writers. Recorded in 2017 at SMUP, a music venue located in Parede, Portugal, Dias, Francisco Andrade on tenor sax, Goncalo Prazeres on alto and baritone sax and Rui ...


Article: Album Review

Jose Dias: After Silence, Vol. 1

Read "After Silence, Vol. 1" reviewed by Don Phipps

To take a single instrument--in this case, the guitar--and compose an album's worth of material that will both entertain and fascinate, is a tall order. But Jose Dias has done just that. Dias' album After Silence, Vol. 1 sports a cover showing a deep-sea diver emerging from a body of water, surrounded by sea gulls and ...


What Could Have Been

Label: Sintoma Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: #1: The Seven Deadly Sins pt1 #2: Kubrick on Sputnik #3: What Could Have Been #4: The Seven Deadly Sins pt2 #5: Troubled Times #6: And The Sun Never Came #7: Figurine #8: The Seven Deadly Sins pt3 #9: The Newborn #10: Frantic



Label: Sintoma Records
Released: 2013



Label: Sintoma Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: 1. Ate Amanha Pai 06:08 2. Dance, Dance, Dance 04:06 3. Depois do Mal 08:54 4. Panico 07:59 5. Acordar 05:40 6. Tumulto 03:52 7. 360 04:32 8. Ainda 04:11 9. Engano 07:25


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