João Rijo

Drums and Percussion


Born in 1977 and starts playing drums at age 16 in rock bands. In 1996, began studying music at the Eduardo workshop. Simultaneously attends drum lessons in Faro Philharmonic Association.

In 2001 completes the course of Communication Sciences at the University of Algarve and joins the School of Jazz Hot Club , where his teachers included Bruno Pedroso and Andre Sousa Machado.

Participated in several workshops where he studied with Gerald Cleaver , Doug Weiss , Greg Tardy , Matt Peninan among others.

In the academic year 2003/2004 is selected to represent the school's Hot Club at the annual meeting of IASJ ( International Association of Schools of Jazz ) and the Freiburg Jazz festival in 2005, the Hot Club , won the award for best combo integrating the following year ensemble the 5th edition of the Jazz festival.

In 2007 integrates in OJ ( European Movement Jazz Orchestra, made ​​up of young musicians, Portuguese, Germans and Slovenes, in the framework of the celebrations of the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and under the chairmanship of the three countries of the European Union ) acting Crocia in Germany and Slovenia.

Played countless festivals of jazz in Portugal and Spain , with musicians such as Nuno Ferreira , Afonso Pais , Andre Fernandes , Perico Sambeat and Julio Resende among others .

He taught in schools in Seixal Jazz , JB jazz, jazz school Barreiro .

Currently continuing his studies at the Higher School of Music in Lisbon and teaches at the Higher School of Music in Lisbon and teaches at the School of Jazz do Barreiro.