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Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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João Martins began his musical studies in 1993 at the Filarmónica Banda Vaguense. In 1995, he was admitted to the Conservatory of Music in Aveiro, completing, in 2004, the Supplementary Supplementary Course in Saxophone (8th Grade). In 2007, he entered the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo do Porto (ESMAE), in the Jazz – Saxophone course, completing his degree in 2009. Integrated in the ESMAE Jazz Septet, he participated in the VI Jazz Festival at Teatro S .Luiz, winning the “Best Ensemble” award. In 2010 at the JOBRA Music Conservatory (Branca, Albergaria-a-Velha) he created the first professional jazz instrumentalist course at national level, where he assumed the functions of teacher and course director, until 2013. In 2017, he concluded his Master's Degree in Music Teaching at the University of Aveiro. In addition to his activity as a freelance jazz musician, he has collaborated as a musician and arranger in the field of contemporary Portuguese popular music with artists such as: Miguel Araújo, António Zambujo, Pedro Abrunhosa, Expensive Soul, Os Azeitonas, Dino d'Santiago, Marta Ren, Virgul, Tiago Nacarato, Os Quatro e Meia, Elisa Rodrigues, Virgem Suta, among others. In the pedagogical area, he currently teaches at the University of Aveiro — where he is responsible for coordinating activities related to Jazz — and the JOBRA Music Conservatory, regularly teaching various jazz/improvisation workshops all over the country. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the University of Aveiro, in the area of ​​composition, under the supervision of Jorge Castro Ribeiro and the co-supervision of Paulo Perfeito.

Doctoral Project
Recantiga: relationship between the arranger and the singer-songwriter in the context of contemporary portuguese popular music
Jorge Castro Ribeiro and Paulo Perfeito
Over the last few decades, there have been frequent collaborative works between singers and arrangers in the context of popular music, however, the role of the arranger within musical production in this area has not always been sufficiently relevant, even being "silenced”, as it is often hidden in the credits of records, books or in articles related to popular music. Paradoxically to the vital role he plays within the production of popular music, the arranger has always become a relatively “invisible” figure by the general public, moving behind the scenes of a production chain and ending up, almost invariably, in an obscure zone between the composer and the performer. This project intends, therefore, to contribute to demonstrate the relevance of the arranger's role in the heart of contemporary Portuguese popular music, helping him to “de-silence”. At the same time, this project intends to undertake a field study, with the aim of promoting an observance of the relationship between a singer-songwriter and arranger in the context of contemporary Portuguese popular music, namely through the processes and different phases that lead to the creation of arrangements on original compositions of a Portuguese singer-songwriter.