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 so he enrolled in “Associação Cultural Sítio de Sons” where he started studying Jazz, forming his on groups and composing original songs. All this was happening long side his studies in economics, but after a while it was clear that music was his path to travel so he quit to dedicate is career to music.
In 2009 he starts is bachelor degree in Jazz in Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and finishes in 2012. Also in 2011 he starts a composition course called “Equal Interval System” with American teacher Glenn Jordan.
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) where, during 7 months, he dedicated himself to the composing and recording is first CD. For the realization of this project he formed the group Ararur with: Ângela Maria (vocals), João Capinha (saxophones), Francisco Brito (double bass) e João Rijo (drums).
With this music, still in 2013 he is distinguished by Clube Português de Artes e Ideias has Young Creator 2013 and his group Ararur is selected to represent Portugal in Brazil in the “VI Biennial of Young Creators from CPLP country’s”.
In 2014 the CD Ararur is awarded internationaly in the “13th Independent Music Awards” with 3 prizes:
“Best Jazz with Vocals Album” selected by a judging panel 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) and also record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists and film & tv music supervisors.
“Best Jazz with Vocals Album” and “Best Jazz with Vocals Song – “Ela” voted by people all around the World.
In 2014, António Silva is one of only 4 musicians selected for the master degree “Nordic Masters in Jazz” which takes him to study and live in 3 different countries: Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki, Finland (September a December de 2014); Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (January a May of 2015); Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark (August of 2015 to June of 2016).
As a result of this experience he formed the António Silva Quartet and records the CD “Up Lift. The group counts with Irish saxophonist Carolyn Goodwin and danish rhythm section Frederik Hagner on the double bass and Tobias Andreassen on the drums. This record has also danish double bass player Jesper Bodilsen and American piano player Aaron Goldberg as guests.
In 2016 “Bamse in the Coconut Island”, arranged for string quartet, is selected and performed in the USA after winning an international call for scores made by the Veridian Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, the song “Promontório”, is one of the winners of the “360º Jazz Initiative” in the USA.