Pedro Melo Alves was born 1991 in Porto/ Portugal. The jazz drummer and composer started his musical career in rock/ fusion projects before studying drums, jazz and classical piano and composition. Since then, he won various awards as musician (ensemble and solo) as well as composer in Portugal and Spain, including the Composition Award Bernardo Sassetti 2016, which resulted in recording his first album „Omniae Ensemble“as composer and bandleader, recorded in 2017 with the newly founded Omniae Ensemble (Ensemble Portugal em Jazz 2016). Today he plays with his Omniae Ensemble (Nischo Records 2017), The Rite of Trio (Carimbo Porta-Jazz 2015) and Catacombe (Raging Planet 2014) as a drummer and composer and writes music for theatre and dance since 2014.
2016 - National Composition Award "Prémio de Composição Bernardo Sassetti"
2007 - Solo Drums Award "Yamaha PMS" (Spain)
“Alves was leading a septet that switched between perfect unisonos and moments of
open improvisation, with music that has as much cerebral elements as moments of
pleasure. This music thrives on the collective force, always focussed and always with
high intensity.” (Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt)