Filipe Melo

Born in Lis­bon, Fil­ipe Melo was arrested and ques­tioned at the age of 15 for com­puter hack­ing. After that, he chose to com­mit him­self to the Piano, nur­tur­ing an early inter­est for Jazz and Impro­vi­sa­tion. Ever since, he has played with count­less musi­cians. He stud­ied at the Hot Club of Por­tu­gal and grad­u­ated at the Berklee Col­lege of Music in Boston Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded the Villas-Boas Award and the Best New Tal­ent Award from the Jaz­zPor­tu­gal website.

He also works as a teacher and arranger and has worked with musi­cians and groups such as Peter Bern­stein, Camané, Omer Avi­tal, Car­los do Carmo, GNR, Don­ald Har­ri­son Jr., Jesse Davis, Sheila Jor­dan, Paulinho Braga, Swingle Singers, Mar­tin Tay­lor, Perico Sam­beat, Herb Geller, the Hot­clube Jazz Orches­tra, Lis­bon Met­ro­pol­i­tan Orches­tra, Lis­bon Sym­phony, among many oth­ers. He has recorded over 12 albums, both as leader and as a side­man and played in many countries.

In 2003 he founded O Pato Profis­sional, a com­pany devoted to hor­ror and fan­tasy films. He has pro­duced, writ­ten and directed sev­eral cult projects: I’ll See You In My Dreams, win­ner of the FANTASPORTO 2004, Méliès d´Or, and 12 other inter­na­tional awards, as well as Um Mundo Catita, a tele­vi­sion series broad­casted on Por­tuguese National TV. He also directed sev­eral music videos and commercials.

Cur­rently, he teaches Piano and Har­mony at ESML in Lis­bon and keeps a busy sched­ule play­ing piano with sev­eral groups and writ­ing sto­ries for Dark Horse Comics.

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