Gonçalo Almeida lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he followed studies at Rotterdams Conservatorium, having studied with Heyn van Geyn, Stefan Lievestro, Marius Beets and Peter Leerdman, finishing his master degree in 2008.
He plays in a variety of projects that go from modern jazz, freejazz, jazzcore and free improvisation music, having shared the stage with improvisers such has Carlos Zíngaro, Wilbert de Joode, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, Jasper Stadhouders among others.
Also has been working in collaboration with multi disciplines such as video artists, modern dancers, poets, and theater makers.
In the main projects that he is involved as double bass player, he has a deep input as a composer.
Michal Osowski Collective, ” Live at White Elephant” Ayler records 2006
Tetterapadequ, “And the missing R” “Novos Talentos 2007 FNAC” Cleanfeed 2008
Atos, “Our landscapes” Independent release 2009
Lama, “Oneiros” Cleanfeed 2011
Atos, “East” Trytone 2012
Susana Santos Silva was born in Porto in the year of 1979. She holds a Master Diploma in Jazz Performance’10 from Codarts, Rotterdam, where she worked with Eric Vloeimans, Jarmo Hoogendijk and Wim Both.
She holds a Graduate Diploma in Jazz/Trumpet’08 from the College of Music and Performing Arts in Porto. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Trumpet’04 from the same school, finishing the course at the Stlaatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Reinhold Friedrich’s Class, where she also had lessons with Prof. Edward Tarr, Klaus Schuwerk and Klaus Braker.
She is a member of the European Movement Jazz Orchestra, with whom she toured in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Egipt, Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, LAMA and leads her own Quintet. As part of Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos she has played with Mark Turner, Rich Perry, John Riley, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Bob Berg, Rick Margitza, Perico Sambeat, Conrad Herwig, Ingrid Jensen, Joshua Redman, Dan Weiss, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckman, Jordi Rossi, Maria Schneider, among others. The orchestra has been playing on the jazz festivals all over Portugal and in Milano, Brussels, Boston and New York.
In April 2011 her first album as a leader, Devil´s Dress is released by the Lisbon based label TOAP Records.
“A Lenda” Carlos Azevedo Ensemble 2000
“OJM Invites Chris Cheek” Fresh Sound New Talent 2006
“Portology” featuring Lee Konitz, OmniTone 2007
“Our Secret World” featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, WomMusic 2010
“Amoras e Framboesas” Maria João & OJM, Universal 2011
“Devil’s Dress” Susana Santos Silva 5tet, Toap 2011
“EMJO Live at Coimbra” Cleanfeed 2011
“Oneiros” Lama, Cleanfeed 2011
“Motor” André Fernandes, Toap 2012
“Aljamia” Coreto, Porta-Jazz 2012
Greg Smith, born and raised in Montreal Canada, studied in the classical department at McGill University for two years before dropping out and switching to drumset.
Learned to play jazz drums by watching and listening to some of his favorites including Elvin Jones, Al Foster, Tony Williams, Jack Dejohnette.
Greg’s first jazz band was LIFE ON MARS. This band recorded and played with David Binney. In 1997 Greg moved to Holland and began composing for modern dance/ballet and film for companies in Europe.
Greg also plays different styles of music including R&B, African, and Hiphop. He recently played a concert for Bill Withers in Theatre Carre Amsterdam with Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw, Kori Withers (daughter of Bill), and Sandra St Victor (Family Stand).
all photos by Petra Cvelbar