Bio.
ORCHESTRA ANGRAJAZZ
guest Carlos Azevedo

October 3rd, 21h30

Pedro Moreira . Direction
Claus Nymark . Direction

Davide Corvelo . Alto Sax
Filipe Gil . Alto Sax
Rui Borba . Alto Sax
Rui Melo . Tenor Sax
Mauro Lourenço . Tenor Sax
José P. Pires . Baritone Sax
Márcio Cota . Trumpet
Paulo Borges . Trumpet
Bráulio Brito . Trumpet
Roberto Rosa . Trumpet
Rodrigo Lucas . Trombone
Mário Melo . Trombone
Manuel Almeida . Trombone
Edgar Marques . French Horn
Antonella Barletta . Piano
Nivaldo Sousa . Guitar
Paulo Cunha . Contrabass
Nuno Pinheiro . Drums

Convidado
Carlos Azevedo . Orchestra Direction & Piano

Angrajazz Orchestra is a training/work-in-progress project held by the Cultural Association Angrajazz.  Constituted in July 2002 and formed mainly by Terceira Island’s born musicians, the Orchestra gave its first concert at the 4th Angrajazz.  Claus Nymark and Peter Moreira have been the Orchestra’s musical directors, from the beginning.

The Orchestra has played with many well known Portuguese jazz musicians such as Paula Oliveira, Mário Laginha, Zé Eduardo Afonso Pais, Mário Barreiros, Hugo Alves, Luís Cunha, Paulo Gaspar and Ricardo Toscano.  Apart from numerous concerts in Terceira Island, the Orchestra has performed in Lisbon for five times, twice in Funchal, and in the islands of São Jorge, São Miguel, Graciosa and Faial.

Throughout its existence, Angrajazz Orchestra has carried on monthly working sessions with its musical directors, and also with the guest musicians that have been featured at the Festival.  This fact has made Angrajazz Orchestra become the main “jazz school” in the Azores.  Together, the Angrajazz Orchestra and the Festival, can be considered as the main and most important means of unveiling the jazz music in the Azores.

In the year of 2015 the Angrajazz Orchestra participated in the cultural program “Lisboa na Rua” organized by the Lisbon EGEAC/Cultura agency and by Hot Clube de Portugal.  The Orchestra was part of the cycle “The Art of the Big Band – 5 Jazz Orchestras”.

At the 18º Angrajazz, the Orchestra performed, for the first time in Portugal, the integral of “The Far East Suite” written by the great jazz musician Duke Ellington.  In that occasion the Orchestra featured two very important Portuguese jazz musicians – clarinetist Paulo Gaspar and saxophonist Ricardo Toscano.  In 2017 the Orchestra played with great success this same program at Teatro Micaelense (S. Miguel) and at Teatro Baltazar Diaz (Funchal).

The Orchestra has released two CDs –”Angrajazz Orchestra with Paula Oliveira” (2006) and “Angrajazz” (2018).

In this 21º Angrajazz, the Orchestra will perform a program based on the contemporaneous Portuguese jazz, namely in pieces composed by guest musician Carlos Azevedo.

Carlos Azevedo defines himself mainly as a composer.  He moves with equal ease in the universes of classical music and jazz, writing for the most varied formations from the solo instrument to the symphony or jazz orchestra.  He has been an important protagonist of the Oporto jazz movement, both in the educational field – he joined the foundation of the Oporto Jazz School in the 80s and created the first Jazz Degree in the country, at the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo ( ESMAE), in 2001 – and in the performative field – he has shared with Pedro Guedes since 1999 the Musical Direction of the Jazz Orchestra of Matosinhos (OJM).  This project has changed the panorama of the jazz for great formations made in Portugal and maintains a unique dynamism, thanks to the commissioned new compositions and to the collaborations with great personalities of the international jazz.

Born in Vila Real (1964), Carlos Azevedo studied piano in his childhood and joined the Oporto Conservatory of Music in 1982, attending the Superior Courses of Piano and Composition.  He was the first student enrolled in the Superior School of Music of Porto (currently ESMAE), in 1986, and there he finished the Composition course.  He then pursued his MA in Composition at the University of Sheffield (1996) under the guidance of George Nicholson.

Professor of Analysis at ESMAE, Carlos Azevedo has been its Vice-President between 2002 and 2011.  On the other hand, he continues to co-direct OJM, for which he writes original compositions and arrangements and where he frequently presents himself as a pianist.

From: www.casadamusica.com/pt/artistas-e-obras/compositores/a/azevedo-carlos