BIO 



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 mainstream jazz music scene, including Pedro Moreira, André Fernandes, Nelson Cascais, Luís Candeias, Hugo Antunes, João Mortágua, João Fragoso, Bernardo Tinoco, João Lopes Pereira, João Sousa, Diogo Alexandre, Pedro Branco, Gonçalo Marques, André Santos, André Carvalho, António Quintino, André Matos, André Rosinha, Eduardo Cardinho among others.

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

In 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, Marcelo Dos Reis, Rodrigo Amado, Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Gonçalo Almeida, Ricardo Jacinto, Nuno Morão, Angélica Salvi, Susana Santos Silva, Yaw Tembe, Ricardo Martins, Norberto Lobo, João Lobo, Abdul Moimême, Alvaro Rosso, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Yedo Gibson, Pedro Melo Alves, João Valinho, João Carlos Pinto, Mariana Dionísio, Maria do Mar, Péter Ajtai, Mia Dyberg and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

In May of 2020 he released his first album, ‘SOLO SESSIONS *||||’, an album centered on the exploration of extended techniques and the use of objects to manipulate sound.

He has now 7 releases on his own label, JARECORDS, a platform that he uses to present his work.

He has played in festivals and venues such as Teatro S.Luiz, Teatro do Bairro, Capitólio, Salão Brazil, Hotclube de Portugal, Sala Porta-Jazz, Zaratan, Café Dias, Sociedade Guilherme Cossoul, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Centro Cultural de Belém, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Culturgest Lisboa, Casa da Música, Outfest 2019, Guimarães Jazz 2020, Festa do Avante, Robalo Jazz Festival, QuebraJazz, ACUD Theater, Madame Claude, LOOPHOLE and has toured extensively through Europe.




Ph: Nuno Martins