Gonçalo Almeida born in 1978 Lisbon, Portugal.
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.
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 Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Wilbert de Joode, Martin van Duynhoven, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, Jasper Stadhouders among others. Also has been working in collaboration with multi media such as video artists, modern dancers, poets and theatre makers.
In the main projects that he is involved, he has a deep input as a composer.
Since 2008 he created LAMA trio for which he plays the role of bandleader/composer, having toured internationally and worked with guests, American Saxophonist Chris Speed and Belgium clarinettist Joachim Badenhorst, on two record releases for the label Clean Feed Records.
In 2010 created Rotterdam´s based Jazzcore trio Albatre, which combines improvisation, with blasting and powerful rhythms, been extremely active in the Netherlands, having successfully made a collaborative bridge on the New uprising Jazzcore Dutch scene, where names such as Cactus Truck, Donne & Desire, and Dead Neanderthals have been interactive.
Tetterapadequ “Chlopingle”, Creative Source Rec. 2015
Dream and Drone Orchestra, Silent Water 2014
Almeida/ Dikeman/ Hadow, “O Monstro” , Creative Source Rec. 2014
Spinifex “ Hipsters Gone Ballistic”, Trytone 2013
LAMA feat. Chris Speed “Lamaçal”, Clean Feed 2012
Albatre, “ A Descent into the Maelstrom” 2012
Atos, “East” Trytone 2012 Lama, “Oneiros” Clean Feed 2011
Atos, “Our landscapes” Independent release 2009
Tetterapadequ, “And the missing R” Clean Feed 2008
Michal Osowski Collective, ” Live at White Elephant” Ayler records 2006
Susana Santos Silva is a trumpeter, improviser and composer from Porto, Portugal.
In the last years she has been considered by the international press as one of the strongest emerging voices in contemporary jazz and improvised music.
With a singular approach/voice that comes out of a comprehensive spectrum of influences, from classical and contemporary music to jazz and textural sound art, she is interested in stretching the boundaries of the instrument and in exploring new ways of expression within music.
She leads her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms (with Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Jon Fält and Torbjörn Zetterberg), and co-leads duos with Zetterberg (also in trio with Hampus Lindwall), Kaja Draksler, Jorge Queijo, Alexandra Nilsson, and a quartet with Christine Wodrascka, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Håkon Berre. She is also part of the LAMA trio, Torbjörn Zetterberg’s Och Den Stora Frågan and Coreto.
Life and Other Transient Storms, Clean Feed 2016
Rasengan! Barefoot Records 2016
This Love, Clean Feed 2015
The Elephant’s Journey, LAMA Clean Feed 2015
SSS Impermanence Porta-Jazz 2015
João Guimarães Zero Toap 2014
The Detour Fish, De Beren Gieren & SSS Clean Feed 2014
Adam Lane’s FTO Live in Ljubljana Clean Feed 2014
Torbjörn Zetterberg Och den stora frågan Moserobie 2014
Songs From My Backyard, SSS & Jorge Queijo Wasser Bassin 2013
Almost Tomorow, SSS & Torbjörn Zetterberg Clean Feed 2013
Mergulho, Coreto Porta-Jazz 2012
Aljamia, Coreto Porta-Jazz 2012
Lamaçal, LAMA Cleanfeed 2012
Devil’s Dress, SSS 5tet Toap 2011
Oneiros, LAMA Cleanfeed 2011
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