Carlos Azevedo

(b. 1964, Vila Real).

Portuguese composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe; he is also active in jazz as a composer, conductor and pianist.

Mr. Azevedo studied composition at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo in Porto and composition with George Nicholson at the University of Sheffield, where he received his MPhil.

He has received commissions from several festivals and his work In Motion was performed in Porto as part of its celebrations as the European Capital of Culture (2001). His Granito received a commendation in the competition of the British and International Bass Forum (2001).

In jazz, he has been active as composer, conductor and pianist for the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra since 1997, in collaboration with Pedro Guedes. He is also leader of the Carlos Azevedo Ensemble. As a jazz pianist, he has performed throughout Portugal.

Mr. Azevedo teaches analysis at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo.


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COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS (dates unavailable for some works)


Sem título, small orchestra (12 players), 1995

Nem Sempre o Mar é Azul, string orchestra, 1998

In Motion, 1998

Memória de um Pêssego, small orchestra (11 players), 2000


Improviso, flute, cello, piano, 1991

Ritual, 3 percussion, 1997

Jazzi-Metal, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1998

Contracello, cello, double bass, 1998

Paráfrase, flute, 1999

Interchange, violin, 1999

Um Dia, double bass, piano, 2000

Granito, cello, double bass, 2001


Eu cantei já e agora vou chorando (Lied, text by Luís de Camões), voice, piano, 1999


Obsession, 1998

História de Uma Valsa, piano 4 hands, 2001

JAZZ COMPOSITIONS (for big band):

Lenda (suite), 1999

PipiWipi, 2001


Oube Lá




DISCOGRAPHY (as composer)

Lenda. Carlos Azevedo Ensemble (CulturPorto-Público, 2000)

Paráfrase; Obsession. (Numérica)

DISCOGRAPHY (as performer)

Why Jazz? (Maria Anadon). (Groove/MoviePlay, 1995)

Ad lib(itum), Vol. 1 (Laurent Filipe). Orquestra Som do Mundo (Groove/MoviePlay, 1995)

Cem Anos de Cinema Português (Maria Anadon). (Groove/MoviePlay, 1998)