Project Description

    Azevedo Collective
    This group was formed on ESMAE’s jazz classrooms and for a year have been taught by Portuguese jazz great pianist and composer Carlos Azevedo. On HARMOS festival they will play some of the songs they’ve worked throughout this last year, featuring jazz classics mainly from the Post-bop era.

    André Silva, guitar
    André Silva started playing the piano at age 6. Ate age 13 he grabbed the guitar and hasn’t stopped since then. He completed the jazz course of the Hot Clube de Portugal and is currently on the third year of jazz guitar superior degree in ESMAE. In 2009 he recorded an album as a leader with his former group Best Before Full Moon. Also in 2009 he was selected to be part of the resident band in contemporary dance show “Vale” musically directed by Carlos Bica. In the next pair of years he hosted a popular jam session in Lisbon which featured guest musicians having had the opportunity to play with jazz greats such as João Moreira, Paula Sousa, Filipe Melo and Pedro Segundo. Since 2012 he has been teaching jazz guitar in Escola de Jazz do Porto.


    Filipe Louro, 
    double bass
    Filipe’s first love was the piano. After 5 years of studying this instrument he noticed that his inner self felt more connected with Jimi Hendrix than with Robert Schumann so he started playing guitar. While entering in college to study Music Production and Technology he started playing electric bass in a colleague’s band and taking lessons in Escola de Jazz do Porto. 2 years later he started studying the double bass (love at first sight) and got accepted in the jazz superior course in ESMAE. He has participated in some Guimarães Jazz Festival Workshops and last year went to Begues Jazz Camp. He studied with greats like Pedro Almiro, João Grilo, André Silva, Pedro Alves, Eduardo Cardinho, José Soares, Ricardo Moreira, Ricardo Coelho, Miguel Sampaio, Lígia Silva, Luís Castro, Cró Neno, Adrian Rey, Rui Guerreiro, João Sêco, just to name a few. He has also married to the ground-breaking project The Rite of Trio.


    José Soares, saxophone
    José Soares was born on August 16, 1991 in the city of Luxembourg. At 6 starts studying music at the Banda Filarmonica Santanense (Figueira da Foz), at 10 years old he entered the Conservatory of Music of David Sousa, in the same city where he finished 5th grade with 18 of classification. In 2007 he entered the Professional School of Music of Espinho (Espinho, Portugal) in the class of saxophone wich he concludes with the grade of 19. In 2011 enters the jazz course at the School of Music and Performing Arts were he is currently studying.


    Pedro Alves, drums
    Born in 1991 in Porto, Portugal, begins his music studies in 2000. Continues his studies with drum and classic piano teachers until he finishes the jazz course of the Valentim de Carvalho school in 2009 with Marco Cavaleiro, João Pedro Brandão, Eurico Costa and Hugo Raro. In 2011 he gets accepted at the superior school of music ESMAE to both the composition and jazz course, having chosen the jazz course where he studied with Michael Lauren, Abe Rábade, Nuno Ferreira and Carlos Azevedo. In parallel went to several workshops  with Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby, Jorge Rossy, Peter Bernstein, etc. And also participated in national and iberic drum contests, having won a 3rd and 1st prize.

    Ricardo Coelho, vibraphone
    He began studying piano at the age of 4 and later drums at Valentim de Carvalho.
    In 2008 he graduated on percussion in Oporto Conservatory of Music. He studied percussion at ESMAE and currently Jazz Vibraphone, directed by Jeffery Davis, Carlos Azevedo, Nuno Ferreira and Abe Rábade.
    Awards: 2nd place, level B percussion, CMP internal contest (2006); 1st place, Class 3 drums and 1st place, Class 3 snare drum (ex aequo), “tum-pa-tum-pa” contest (2007); 2nd place (1st not assigned), class A vibraphone, 6th edition of “Giornata della Percussione” (Italy, 2008); 1st place, percussion, Regional Conservatory of Gaia contest (2008), Honorable Mention for Best Player, 11th S. Luiz Jazz Festival (2013). He worked with: OSP/CdM, FOE, OJ.COM, Orquestra do Norte, OFB, Orquestra MP, BSP, EVPM, “Annie” and “Spring Awakening”.

    Porto Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Portugal
    Porto’s Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), belonging to the Porto’s Polytechnic Institute (IPP) emerged (1994), after the extinction of the Superior School of Music, with intention to widen its offer of graduation courses to other artistic areas beyond music. Nowadays, ESMAE encloses three departments: Music (instrument, singing, composition, early music, jazz, production and music technologies); Theatre and Visual Arts.ESMAE has developed varied partnerships in order to give a chance to its students to show their work, off campus through concerts and festivals.
    ESMAE has nearly 830 students and 140 teachers. ESMAE has got more than 90 cooperation agreements with international institutions and has been taking part in European projects since 2003;active partner in AEC and ELIA (performing arts european associations), in several ERASMUS IPs such as Operamedia, IICS, SACS, La Follia, Phoenix and promoter of several national and international festivals like HARMOS festival, IRI and SET.