ANTÓNIO MIGUEL DIAS DA SILVA
António Miguel Dias da Silva was born in Coimbra, city where he began studying the guitar when he was 14 years old. What started as a hobby soon reveled to be a passion. He decided to enroll in “Associação Cultural Sítio de Sons” where he started studying Jazz. He loved it so much he started forming his on groups and composing original songs. All this was happening long side his studies in economics. However, after a while, it was clear for him that music was his path (to travel) so he decided to dedicate his effort to music.
In 2009 he starts is bachelor degree in Jazz in Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) and finished it in 2012. Also, in 2011, he started a composition course with American teacher Glenn Jordan, called “Equal Interval System”.
In 2013 he is accepted in the first edition of the international artistic residencies of “Musibéria – Centro Internacional de Música e Dança do Mundo Ibérico” (Serpa, Portugal) where, for 7 months, he dedicated himself to composing and recording is first CD – “Ararur”. For this project, he founded Ararur (same as CD title), a Jazz/World Music vocal group, with Ângela Maria (vocals), João Capinha (saxophones), Francisco Brito (double bass) and João Rijo (drums).
The project was distinguished by “Clube Português de Artes e Ideias” in 2013 and selected to represent Portugal in Brazilian “VI Biennial of Young Creators from CPLP countries”, in Salvador da Bahia.
In 2014 Ararur was internationally awarded in the “13th Independent Music Awards” with 3 prizes:
“Best Jazz with Vocals Album” selected by a panel o fjuries that featured exceptional recording artists (Suzanne Vega, Laurie Anderson, Shelby Lynne, Joshua Redman, The Wood Brothers, Raul Midon, Melissa Auf der Maur, Aoife O’Donovan, Judy Collins, Arturo Sandoval, etc) TV executives, record label representatives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists and film & tv music supervisors.
“Best Jazz with Vocals Album” Public Award and “Best Jazz with Vocals Song – Ela” Public Award voted online by people all around the World.
In 2014, António Silva was one of only 4 musicians selected to the Master Degree “Nordic Masters in Jazz” which took him to study and live in 3 different countries: Finland where he took classes from September to December at Sibelius Academy of Helsinki; Sweden, from January to May 2015 he visited Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and lastly, he went to Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark where he finished his Master in June 2016.
As a result of this experience he founded “António Silva Quartet” and recorded the album “Up Lift. The group is formed by Irish saxophonist Carolyn Goodwin, and Danish musicians Frederik Hagner on the double bass and Tobias Andreassen on the drums. As guests the album features double bass player Jesper Bodilsen and American piano player Aaron Goldberg.
Returning to Portugal, António Silva records yet another album even before releasing “Up Lift”. Gathering his experiences from the Nordic Countries and mixing it with the world of Ararur, the album “Mielikki” comes to be. Named after the forest goddess from the Finish mythology, this work continues and develops the unique mixture between Jazz, World Music and the Portuguese language that makes Ararur so unique.
Still in 2016 his composition “Bamse in the Coconut Island”, arranged for string quartet, awarded in the international call for scores from the Veridian Symphony Orchestra, and was premiered there. In the same year, his song “Promontório” was one of the winners of the “360º Jazz Initiative” in the USA.
In September of 2017, the album “Up Lift” was released and “António Silva Quartet” was invited at the Ethno Jazz Festival, in Chisinau, Moldova. António and Carolyn play with Swedish rhythm section Johnny Aman and Anders Vestergard.