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, his latest album “Oblivion”, with music written during the pandemic, was released.
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.
Among the awards he’s received are the “Carlos Paredes 2012” (an annual prize that celebrates Portuguese music and culture) and the “Best Group” at Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2011. In addition, he’s received multiple grants from the GDA Foundation to record (“Memória de Amiba” and “Lost in Translation”) and to tour (2017 and 2019).
As a film composer, André has been working with young directors, after his post grad in Film Scoring from the Film Scoring Academy of Europe as a grantee. He was awarded an honorable Mention for the “Call to Scores 2022” by the European Recording Academy and is one of the finalists at the Berlin International Film Scoring Competition 2023.
Fascinated by the idea of untranslatable words: words that only exist in a given language and culture, André is working on a two-part cycle of music for his trio “Lost in Translation”. Volume II of the cycle is coming out in March 2023 on the acclaimed Clean Feed Records and Volume I, released in 2021 on Outside in Music, gained raving reviews from international critics. Both have been awarded several grants; GDA Foundation, Antena 2, Companhia de Actores and Teatro Municipal Amélia Rey Colaço.
Praised by the media as “a sonic study in contrasts” (NYJazzRecords), André’s third album The Garden of Earthly Delights was released on Outside in Music in 2019 and was considered for the Grammys 2019.
The 11 movement suite, performed by a 6 person combo, is named after its inspiration; the cryptic painting, by painter Hieronymus Bosch. Carvalho toured with the project in the USA and the EU at venues and festivals such as the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Lisbon), The Owl Parlor (New York) and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporânea (Sevilla).
Mesmerized by Jazz, improvised music and composition as a teenager, Andre’s background was anything but traditional. He holds degrees from both Manhattan School of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. André relocated to the US in 2014 as a Fulbright grantee. While finishing his first bachelor in Computer Science (Faculdade de Ciências Lisbon), he fell in love with music, leading him to study at the Hot Club de Portugal and Academia de Amadores de Música (with Fernando Flores).
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 greatest jazz albums released in Portugal. He also produced “Paris, Lisbon,” Portuguese mega star and Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral’s second album.