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Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: January 24, 1986

I am a doublebass/electricbass player currently living in Lisbon, trying to learn and play as much as I can. I’m teaching doublebass at the “Villas-Boas Jazz School” from the Hot Clube de Portugal.

Just released my first album as a leader called “Whatever It Is You’re Seeking, Won’t Come In The Form You’re Expecting” for Sintoma Records. Some of my projects are:

•My own band feat. Luis Figueiredo piano ; Bruno Pedroso drums ; Ricardo Toscano sax ; Diogo Duque trumpet ; João Firmino and Afonso Pais guitar ; Luisa Sobral and Joana Espadinha vocals •Nuno Ferreira feat. Nuno Ferrira guitar ; Chris Kase trumpet ; João Mortagua alto sax ; Luis Cunha trombone ; Abe Rabade piano ; Joel Silva drums •André Santos feat. André Santos guitar ; Ricardo Toscano sax ; João Pereira drums •João Firmino Trio feat. João Firmino guitar ; Luis Candeias drums •Luisa Sobral feat. Luisa Sobral vocals ; João Salcedo piano ; Carlos Miguel drums •Spyros Manesis Trio feat. Spyros Manesis piano ; Kaspars Kurdeko drums •João Firmino 5tet feat. João Firmino guitar ; Desiderio Lazaro sax ; Oscar Graça piano ; Luis Candeias drums •Mariana Norton feat. Mariana Norton vocals ; Bruno Santos guitar ; Oscar Graça piano ; Luis Candeias drums •Bruno Santos Ensemble feat. Bruno Santos guitar ; Rodrigo Gonçalves piano ; Luis Candeias drums ; Jorge Reis alt/soprano sax ; Cesar Cardoso tenor sax ; Paulo Gaspar bass clarinete ; Gonçalo Marques trumpet ; Luis Cunha trombone ; Mariana Norton vocals....
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”Expect the unexpected, a lyrical bassist floating effortless above an almost autobiographical tale of lyrical delight. Organic, eclectic, and pure are all apt descriptions of a release that is free from compromise, pressure and all the undo influences that can divert the artistic focus. This is a look at the harmonic makeup of a brilliant global artist with more than enough talent to crack the isolationist American marketplace.” by Brent Black / Bop-N-JAzz


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