Gonçalo Prazeres



Born in Lisbon, in 1978. He started learning guitar at age thirteen. In 1998, during a workshop on jazz, decided to deepen the study of music. In 2000, completed a degree in Marketing and Advertising, at IADE, and began studying saxophone alongside the guitar. Since December 2001, is dedicated exclusively to the saxophone.

Between September 2003 and December 2006 he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where he graduated Performance. There, he studied saxophone and improvisation with Ed Tomassi, Bill Pierce, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Shannon LeClaire, Jim Odgren, Dave Santoro, Rick Dimuzio, Jeff Galindo, Bruno Råberg, among others.

Between 2000 and 2003 he studied at the School of Jazz Hot Club of Portugal, in the Amateur Academy of Music and Jazz School of Barreiro Jorge Reis, Pedro Moreira, Nuno Ferreira, Vasco Agostinho, André Fernandes, Nelson Cascais, Rodrigo Gonçalves, John Pedro da Silva, among others.

Attended classes and workshops with Perico Sambeat, Jesus Santandreu, Matt Renzi, Greg Tardy, Zé Eduard , Mário Delgado, Luis " Dudas " Pereira, Frank Mobus, Scott Wendholt, Jonathan Kreisberg, Doug Weiss, among others .

Plays saxophone professionally since September 2002, having performed concerts throughout the country with diverse backgrounds and different musical contexts. Played with Jorge Reis, Vasco Agostinho, André Matos, Jeffery Davis, Bruno Santos, Nick Falk, Hugo Antunes, Reunion Big Band Jazz, Gonçalo Marques, Pedro Viana, João Custódio, Ana Paula Sousa, among others .

In July 2003 he was selected to join the 1st National Youth Big Band in 2003, which went on tour in August of the same year, under the direction of Peter Moreira, Adelino Claus Nymark and Mota .

Out of Jazz, plays across the country with some bands of varying musical styles, including BAD - Man And Unable, with whom he recorded his debut CD .

Among the various stages that include stepped up the Hot Club Portugal, Festival Vilar de Mouros, S. Luiz Theatre, Berklee Performance Center ( Boston ) and Atlantic Pavilion.

Since 1999, he works as a composer for several plays, including "The King of Sodom " by Fernando Arrabal (group Fragment , 2001).