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João Martins

Born in Ovar (Portugal) in 1982. Had his first contact with a drum kit at the age of 15. He started by playing rock with some local bands and toured through Portugal. He began studying Jazz in 2002. Since then, Improvised and Experimental Music became the focus of his career. He graduated from Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) with a degree in Jazz drums where he studied with: Michael Lauren, Nuno Ferreira, Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes, Paulo Perfeito, among others. He also graduated with a Master´s degree in Jazz Performance from Universidade de Aveiro where he studied with: Bruno Pedroso, Alexandre Frazão, Demian Cabaud, Mário Laginha, among others

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ETHNOGRAPHIES OF JAZZ

An Urban Myth: Chris Potter Circuits Quartet feat. Craig Taborn at Porto's Casa da Música

Read "An Urban Myth: Chris Potter Circuits Quartet feat. Craig Taborn at Porto's Casa da Música" reviewed by Arian Bagheri Pour Fallah

Circuits the Record, Circuits the Quartet.The record Circuits (Edition, 2019) makes use of production as a means to architecturally bring to bay today's average, one may say alienated jazz listener, the “grooveland" referenced by Potter merely an excuse and hardly the verdict in this trial. It is a covered walk 'round new-fashioned, urban currents—skintight, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz em Agosto 2019

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Jazz em agosto Lisbona 1-4.8.2019 Resistenza e narrazioni. Questo in sintesi il filo conduttore dell'edizione 2019 di Jazz em Agosto, in corso di svolgimento come sempre presso la fondazione Gulbenkian a Lisbona. Un'edizione “militante," dunque, sebbene non così originale come in altre occasioni, vista la ripresa di ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Michael Lauren: Give My Regards To Portugal

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From Broadway to jazz to Portugal. A circuitous route for sure. One that has, however, served international musician Michael Lauren well. The now seventy-year- old multi-styled drummer came out of the womb with a kick pedal and has been holding down a symphony of beats ever since. Over the years he has played or recorded with ...

Those from the Norte: pLoo at Café Casa da Música

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Jazz and its many conformations rarely denote the multiplicity of sub-genres as such. Paulo Alexandre Pereira da Costa's pLoo attests this sharply enough to warrant its listeners a view entire and aggregate, and in the same extent, select and irregular, of jazz and its current praxis in Northern Portugal. The quintet, made up of wind and ...

Provenance, Mal de mer, Duration: Evan Parker and Peter Evans at Solilóquios in Porto

Read "Provenance, Mal de mer, Duration: Evan Parker and Peter Evans at Solilóquios in Porto" reviewed by Arian Bagheri Pour Fallah

Provenance Evan Parker needs little introduction. To the listener and to the critic, clearly, but above all to the formation of musical matter. The rudiments of his making are well obscured twenty seconds in after he enkindles the first note. He plays the saxophone durably--static, in deathlike stillness. It is easy, in fact, to mistake his ...

MUSICIAN Born:

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, Mark Alban Lotz), 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.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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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