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Mário Franco started music lessons at the age of 4 in Centro de Estudos Gregorianos. After one year in Lisbon Conservatory where he studied harp, singing and music theory he went on to Academia de Amadores de Música, where he continued his studies in music theory with Cristina Brito da Cruz and he started double bass lessons with Fernando Flores, and composition with Pedro Rocha as well as studying chamber music. He subsequently became interested in jazz. and became a member of the Lisbon Hot Club. After having bass guitar lessons with António Ferro he began taking Double bass lessons with David Gausden and playing in jam sessions; also took part in workshops with Rufus Reid, Niels Henning, Orsted Pederson, Eberhard Weber, etc. In 1986-87 attended double-bass courses given by Ludwig Streicher in Estoril and in 1988 won 1st prize in the Prémio Jovens Músicos (Young Musicians Competition); later became a member of Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil where he worked on classical repertory with conductor Christopher Bochmann. Also worked with conductors Silva Pereira, Miguel Graça Moura, Alberto Nunes, Roberto Perez, Michel Swierczewski, Cesário Costa... As from 1984 plays jazz and improvised music in Portugal and abroad with musicians such as António Pinho Vargas, Mário Laginha, João Paulo Esteves de Silva, Bernardo Sasseti, Benny Lackner, Carlo Morena, Luis Barrigas, Luis Figueiredo, Dan Hewson, Carlos Martins, Tomás Pimentel, Maria João, Luigi Waites, Louis Stewart, Tommy Halferty, John Wadham, Zlatko Kaucic, Peter Guidi, Sérgio Pelágio, António Pinto, José Peixoto, Desidério Lázaro, Jarmo Savolainen, Markku Ounaskari, Jim Leff, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Samuel Rohrer, Paolo Fresu, Daniel Erdmann, Julian Argüelles, Andy Sheppard, Myra Melford, Jon Irabagon, David Binney, Peter Epstein, Ralph Towner, among others. Appeared on TV and played live radio broadcasts in Portugal. In 1990 presented his first project based on original compositions; was awarded 1st prize for his group and 2nd prize for composition in the competition“ A Juventude e a Música“ (Young People and Music). Has an entry of his own in a book by musicologist Jorge Lima Barreto, “MusaLusa”, Hugin 1997, Lisboa. Is mentioned for his work with Tomás Pimentel in the bilingual quarterly journal “The Role of Jazz” written by José Duarte, edited by Edições Cotovia, Lda

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João Paulo Esteves da Silva / Mário Franco / Samuel Rohrer: Brightbird

Read "Brightbird" reviewed by Henning Bolte

There is music that gradually unfolds, music that lingers in stasis, music with sparse tonal movement, and, sometimes, music that simply happens, like the symphonies of sound in nature. This trio's music is quite close to this last mode. Just a few tones open up a broad living-space and let sound happen and get enriched by ...

Rush

Label: Nischo
Released: 2017
Track listing: Paralelos Cruzados (Crossed Parallels); Pedregulho (Giant Stone); Do Mar (From The Sea); Talvez Sim, Talvez Nao (Maybe, Maybe Not), Rumba Riscada (Scratched Rumba); Aftermath Of War; Dia De Merda (The Shittiest Day); Rush; Luz (Light); Desconhecido (Unknown); Kind Of High.

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Mário Franco: Rush

Read "Rush" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Portuguese bassist, composer and dancer Mario Franco, describes Rush as “a rock-inspired jazz album." It came, he says, from “an inner need of electric sounds." Franco, born 1965, started out playing classical music before switching to jazz. He is a dancer with the National Ballet Company of Portugal. His latest ...

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Mário Franco Trio: Our Door

Read "Our Door" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas

Our Door, the debut album from the Mário Franco Trio, is lush with nostalgia and camaraderie, but also creates a vibrant breath of fresh air, offering hope for the present and future states of Portuguese jazz. These gifted musicians met at the end of the 80's in Lisbon's Hot Clube de Portugal, one of ...

Take Five With Mário Franco

Read "Take Five With Mário Franco" reviewed by Mario Franco

Meet Mario Franco: Mário Franco was born in 1965 and started music lessons when he was four years old in Centro Estudos Gregorianos. Franco studied music theory with Maria José Godinho then with Cristina Brito da Cruz in the Academia de Amadores De Música. During his time at Academia Amadores De Música, he initated double ...

Our Door

Label: Tone Of A Pitch Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Número 1; Paramour; Intro to Our Door; Our Door; Giant Steps; Os Velhos; Backyard; How my Heart Sings; Ballad for Bernt; Vine; Giant Steps (alternate take)

This Life

Label: Tone of a Pitch Music
Released: 2006
Track listing: This Life; Herança; Errante; Tentativa; Eterno Imperfeito; Backstage Home; Web Woman; Chegada; Web Woman (reprise).

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Mario Franco: This Life

Read "This Life" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Sometimes a disc comes from out of left field that's so good, it makes you drop not only everything you're listening to, but a few other things you shouldn't. Wherever these records come from, you want to go there--and they just take you. Such is the case with this release from Mário Franco, ...


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