Born in Leiria 1982. Joel Silva started to play in rock bands. He started his classical percussions studies E.M.O.L (Escola de Música do Orfeão de Leiria) were he studied with Rui Gomes and Manuel Campos. Later he went to Jazz and had workshops with Bruno Pedroso, Alexandre Frazão, Carlos Barretto, Marc Miralta, Mark Ferber, Daniel Freedman, Mark Turner, Peter Erskine, John Riley, Dan Weiss, Donald Edwards, Ari Hoenig e Billy Hart. In 2008 he graduated in Jazz at E.S.M.A.E with the professor Michael Lauren. Joel Silva have been playing with musicians like Carlos Barretto, Maria João, Nuno Ferreira, Nelson Cascais, Matt Penman, Francesco Bearzatti, Júlio Resende, Kristin Korb, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Will Vinson, Afonso Pais, Dave Ambrosio, Baptiste Trotignon, Franck Amsallem, Jon Irabagon, Marc Demuth, Perico Sambeat, Ole Morten Vågan, Mário Delgado, Luiz Avellar, Massimo Cavalli. Since 2004 he is present in Jazz Festivals such as Alta Estremadura Jazz Festival, Lagoa Jazz Fest, Macau Arts festival, Valado dos Frades Jazz Festival, Universijazz Valladolid, Jazz & Wine of Peace Collio, Clean Feed Fest, Seixal Jazz, Angra Jazz, Jazz em Agosto - in countries like Portugal, Holland, Italy, Greece, Angola, Slovenia, Macau, Spain and U.S.A. He also teaches at JB Jazz and Hot Clube de Portugal.
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