Music composer and jazz pianist. You can also find me doing some sound production or programming some kind of interactive music.
What I do
I have some interest in any form of interactive music, that is, music which is not written from the beginning to the end. Maybe jazz has been my source of inspiration for this, but I look for interactive by other means, like digital media or Sound Painting. With this in mind, I’ve created the interactive installation Xadrez 1, which I’ve taken to the Bineal de Cerveira (Portugal) and the Semibreve Festival of Braga (Portugal).
I have also had the opportunity to compose and showcase some contemporary music at several venues, like the Teatro Helena Sá e Costa and the Café-Concerto Francisco Beja. I also never have left my passion for jazz, which led me to have my Big Band Grumpy Levy composition to be premiered at Casa da Música, where I was honoured to play, and to participate in some other projects, like the band Pi Graos, the jazz choir Coro da Rá and my own choir, Vía Sete.
Where I come from
My mother knew I should study music when, before knowing how to tie my shoes, I could guess the name of composers of films or radio by ear. When I could, I started to study music. I have been studying jazz piano and when I was on legal age I decided to study music and sound for audiovisuals, so I got enrolled in the Audiovisual Communication course. That led me to work at the sound facility Cinemar Films, and later, to introduce audio editing techniques in my music.
From here on I decided to take music a step further, and I started to study Composition at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo, (ESMAE, Porto). In this school I’ve had the opportunity to have lessons with Carlos Azevedo, Dimitris Andrikopoulos, Eugénio Amorim, Ângela da Ponte, José Alberto Gomes, Rui Dias, Gilberto Bernardes, Abe Rábade, Barbara Francke, Telmo Marques, Pedro Santos and Filipe Vieira.
I have also been to seminars with Helmut Lachenmann, Christopher Dobrian, Vic Hoyland, Ivo Medek, Vít Zouhar, Nicolas Bacri, Jeffrey Treviño, Fernando Lapa, Wim Henderickx and Jorrit Tamminga.