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João Almeida (1997) is a portuguese trumpeter, improviser and composer based in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. At the age of 8, he started his musical studies in the local philharmonic band and, later, started studying at the National Conservatory. In 2015, he joined the Luiz-Villas Boas Jazz School and the following year he was accepted into the Jazz course at the Lisbon Superior School of Music, where he studied under Gonçalo Marques and João Moreira. During his degree, he had the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the most relevant musicians in the portuguese music scene, including Pedro Moreira, André Fernandes, Nelson Cascais, Luís Candeias, Hugo Antunes, João Mortágua, João Lopes Pereira, João Sousa, Pedro Branco, Gonçalo Marques, André Carvalho, André Santos, André Matos, André Rosinha, among others.

During this period, he started collaborating with Jazz Orchestra of the Hotclub of Portugal, where he had the opportunity to share the stage with Julian Arguelles, Perico Sambeat, Guillermo Klein and John Hollenbeck.

On the last year of his degree, he started taking classes with Peter Evans and started learning about Free Jazz and non-idiomatic improvisation, having collaborated with Peter Evans, Albert Cirera, Gabriel Ferrandini, Hernâni Faustino, Pedro Alves Sousa, Rodrigo Amado, Ernesto Rodrigues , Guilherme Rodrigues, Susana Santos Silva, Yaw Tembe, Ricardo Martins, Norberto Lobo, Abdul Moimême, Alvaro Rosso, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Pedro Melo Alves, João Valinho, Péter Ajtai, Mia Dyberg and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

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Rui Eduardo Pais on “SOLO SESSIONS *||||” ”This work may seem somewhat dry to the first approach, but it contains what the most adventurous a trumpeter has ever done in Portugal.”

Maciej Lewenstein on “SOLO SESSIONS *||||” ”For me “Solo Sessions” are a revelation. Of course, Joao Almeida's art is deeply rooted in the “tradition” and achievements of the avantgarde trumpet of the last 50 years: from Wadata Leo Smith and Joe McPhee to Nate Wooley, or, obviously, the unquestionable and my beloved Giants from Portugal: Susana Santos Silva and Luís Vicente

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