Hugo Carvalhais was born in Oporto/ Portugal and took a degree in Painting at the Fine Arts School there. Despite being self-taught, Carvalhais studied and participated in seminars with musicians including Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez, Hein Van de Geyn, Mario Pavone, Carlos Bica and Miroslav Vitous. Considered as one of the most talented and “sui generis” Portuguese double-bass players of his generation, Hugo has worked with musicians such as Julian Arguelles, Tim Berne, Emile Parisien, Dominique Pifarély, Liudas Mockunas, Sheila Jordan, Jefferey Davis, Art Themen, among others.
2010 sees the launch of his first record as a leader featuring saxophone player Tim Berne. “Nebulosa” was considered one of the best albums of the year by “Jazz.pt” magazine and received outstanding reviews by national and international press. The album was also chosen among the most representative records of Clean Feed label by their 10th anniversary.
In 2012 Hugo Carvalhais releases is second album called “Particula” with his regular band mates ( Gabriel Pinto, Mário Costa ) and the participation of Dominique Pifarély and Emile Parisien.
...a very modern sound... - All about Jazz by Mark Corroto - USA
...the five musicians reach a level of contemporary chamber music and simultaneously demonstrate the vitality associated with spontaneous interaction... Süddeutsche Zeitung by Karl Lippegaus - Germany
....Each one of them impresses by the totally original individual sound quality..... RadioFrance by Alex Dutilh
...Gorgeous sophomore release from Portuguese doublebassist... Monsieur Délire by François Couture - Canada
... A splendid record of what commonly is called contemporary jazz ... Percorsi Musicali by Ettore Garzia - Italy
...sidereal dream... Jazz Magazine Jazzman by Vincent Cotro - France