As a child, he played the flute and the clarinet. He also studied classical music at the Faro and Setúbal Conservatories and was a member of several groups and orchestras such as the Orquestra Clássica Juvenil do Algarve, Orquestra de Metais do Algarve, Camerata Musical do Barreiro and others.
At the age of twenty, jazz took over and he continued to study at the Hot Clube de Portugal. Two years later he moved to Amsterdam where he graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory. The studies were completed in 2013 with a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.
Desidério Lázaro is known for his personal, genuine and emotional sound, with a strong output. You’ll find him in all kinds of contexts, both in the traditional jazz sound and in the more contemporary genrers of jazz. Over the years he’s played with big names such as Mário Laginha, Maria João, Carlos Barretto, André Fernandes and Alexandre Frazão, to name a few.
Desidério is a popular musician and composer and has been well received for all his albums, most recently the duo album “Stillness in time” (2021) together with Daniel Bernardes (piano). He has been nominated, several years, in the categories of “jazz of the year”.
In September 2022, he releases his new album “Oblivion”, with music written during the pandemic.
Daniel Bernardes is a portuguese Jazz pianist and composer. Born on June 26, 1986 in Alcobaça he started his musical studies at age five, moving to Paris at eighteen where he pursued studies in classical piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris for three years. From an early age, he developed a curiosity for different genres of music, attending Masterclasses with jazz musicians such as Pedro Moreira, Filipe Melo or Nuno Ferreira, but also with contemporary composers such as Emmanuel Nunes, Marc-André Dalbavie and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
In 2010 he made his jazz debut, with his own trio, at the Casa da Música Jazz-Galp Cycle, releasing the album “Nascem da Terra”. In 2016, he released the DVD of the project “Rondó da Carpideira” built in partnership with Mário Marques and Gonçalo Tarquinio from the ethnographic collections of Michel Giacometti. Winner of the Young Creators Scholarship by the National Culture Center with the Daniel Bernardes’ Crossfade Ensemble project, a crossover between Jazz and Classical Music. In 2019 his record “Liturgy of the Birds”, an homage to Olivier Messiaen made in collaboration with Drumming GP, received international praise and was featured on the Editor’s Choices by Jazztimes Magazine. In 2020 he premiered “Beethoven… Reminiscências” a commission by Centro Cultural de Belém for Jazz Piano and Choir celebrating the composers’ 250th brithday.
In 2017, he made his debut in the world of film, writing music for “Peregrinação” by João Botelho, and again for “O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis” and “Filme em Forma de Assim”. He has also written music for television series and documentaries, and is also one of the most requested composers among portuguese soloists and institutions.
António Quintino was raised in a musical family, even though none of his family members were professional musicians. He taught himself to play the guitar and accordion, which he played on occasion with his father.
In 2004, Quintino started to play the electric bass at JB Jazz School in Lisbon, with the teachers Gustavo Roriz and Francesco Valente. The following year he took up the double bass, and studied with Yuri Daniel, Nuno Alan, and Demian Cabaud. He later entered the Superior School of Music of Lisbon (ESML), taking masterclasses from the likes of John Taylor, Lee Konitz, Dan Weiss, and Ohad Talmor.
Quintino was presented with the Outstanding Musician Award in 2011. He has also studied at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, having the privilege to work with such musicians as Billy Hart, Larry Grenadier and Anders Jormin there, and later on also in New York City.
In September 2011, along with trio colleagues Daniel Bernardes and Pedro Felgar, Quintino was awarded the 2nd Prize ex aequo at the Young Musicians Competition at Casa da Música in Porto.
Alongside his own projects, he has also worked and recorded as a side man with José Mário Branco, Dead Combo, Maria João, Sara Serpa & André Matos, Scott Reeves, Dan Weiss, Mário Laginha, John Ellis, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, André Santos, Manuel Paulo, Nancy Vieira, Christian Pabst, Franck Amsallem, Afonso Pais, João Moreira, Desidério Lázaro, Luís Figueiredo, Luís Madureira, Fernando Alvim, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Nelson, Adam Cruz, Antonio Hart, Ulysses Owens, Rodney Green, and Kengo Nakamura, among others.
Joel Silva started his musical studies in 1997 at EMOL (School of Music of Orfeão de Leiria) and finished in 2008 with a degree in jazz at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), where he studied drums with Michael Lauren.
After that his career got going, and as a side man he has played concerts and festivals all over the world with renowned artists such as:
Robin Eubanks, Julian Argüelles, Carlos Barretto, Maria João, Bernardo Moreira, João Moreira, Matt Penman, Francesco Bearzatti, Júlio Resende, Salomão Soares, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Will Vinson, Phil Dwyer, Pietro Tonolo, Baptiste Trotignon, Perico Sambeat, Nick Smart, Leo Montana, Reinier Baas, Daniel Bernardes, Jon Irabagon, Ole Morten Vågan, Abe Rabade, Chris Kase, Cláudio Andrade, Luis Avellar, Andy Sheppard, and many more.
He was invited to join the faculty of the Masters in Jazz course at the University of Aveiro during the academic year of 2011/2012.
In 2014, he released his first album in his own name, entitled “Geyser,” which got 4.5 stars by the All About Jazz website and was considered by the newspaper Público as one of the great jazz albums published in Portugal. He also produced “Paris, Lisbon,” Portuguese mega star and Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral’s second album.
Portuguese jazz bassist and composer André Carvalho is an active NYC
freelancer whose works ‘AllAboutJazz’ described as “both in bounds and out
of this world.” Nate Chinen of The New York Times dubbed Carvalho “a bassist you should get to know.”