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Born in Porto, Portugal, Joao Luis started his musical studies at the age of eight in Conservatorio de Musica do Porto and was accepted in the Percussion class three years later. He continued his music studies in Porto until 2010 when he was accepted to Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa. There he studied orchestral percussion, including snare drum, timpani, marimba, vibraphone, multi-percussion set-up and jazz drum set. He was also trained in chamber music, orchestra, early music groups as well as jazz combos.

During this period Joao developed a very versatile language as an improviser and performer, having cooperated with professional orchestras in Portugal and in Finland, as well as folk music groups, jazz ensembles and musical theatre plays.

As a pedagogue, Joao has taught percussion, percussion ensemble and orchestral percussion in the internationally-known social orchestra project El Sistema, which is part of the national system of children and youth orchestras created in Venezuela and in Portugal.

Today, Joao is based in Helsinki where he’s studying for his bachelor’s degree in the Global Music Program at the Sibelius Academy, where his main instruments are multi-percussion, vibraphone and drum set. He also continues teaching at Tempo-Orkesteri, part of the El Sistema project in Finland.