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Paulo Chagas
Paulo Chagas

Portuguese-born Paulo Chagas is a willfully eclectic musician, having devoted much of his career to experimentalism. Being by nature a maverick, he has committed his life to the research of new (or renewed) solutions and links between the sounds he explores, and to creating music that has been described as having very coherent, human, emotional, and fragile qualities.

Paulo is a dedicated composer, multi-instrumentalist (woodwinds, electronics), teacher, writer and music promoter. He is actively involved with Zpoluras Archives, a music label committed to various branches of contemporary improvised music and to working in partnership with musicians from all parts of the world, and MIA (Encontro de Música Improvisada de Atouguia da Baleia), which plays an essential role within the Portuguese improvisation circuit.

Paulo has a Classical Music background. He studied oboe, composition, acoustics and music history at the National Conservatory of Lisbon (1980-1985), where he joined Orchestra and Chamber Music groups. He has degrees in Special Education, Pedagogy of Music Education, and Music Therapy. He subsequently devoted himself to jazz, studying with saxophonists David Binney and Perico Sambeat.

From his earliest years as a musician, Paulo has had a broad interest in all musical forms, from folk, pop and rock, through jazz, fusion, improvised music, and classical. He has composed, performed and produced music for theater, film, and for educational purposes. He regularly performs and records with a range of musicians and collectives, such as P.R.E.C., Ensemble MIA, Ar de Bop, Variable Geometry Orchestra, Chagas Curado Viegas Wind Trio, Motim, Potlatch, Tania Giannouli, Marcello Magliochi, Maresuke Okamoto, Matthias Boss, Delphine Dora, Bruno Duplant, Lee Noyes, Willhelm Mathies, Troy Schaffer, Carlos Zíngaro, Paulo Curado, João Pedro Viegas, Abdul Moimeme, Fernando Simões, Paulo Duarte, Gonçalo Falcão, and many others.

Select discography:
Mispel Bellyfull (2004)
Zpoluras demo (gds, 2005)
Miosótis – Risco (gds, 2007)
PREC – Contagious Insanities (A Beard of Snails Records, 2009)
Colectânea MIA 2010
Chagas, Simões, Viegas e Mira – Quartet Session no1 (Ilse, 2011)
The Limbo Ensemble – Plebiscitu (Audiotong, 2011)
Late Winter / Early Spring (Audiotong, 2011)
Duplant, Chagas & Noyes - The Bias of the Things (Ilse, 2012)
Duplant, Chagas, Noyes-As birds (Re:konstrukt, 2011)
Chagas, Boss & Okamoto – Little Concert in the Garden (ZA, 2012)
Chagas Curado Viegas Wind Trio – Old School New School No School (Creative Sources, 2012)

Describing himself as a "music addict", Paulo is an avid performer, always keen to experiment, to record, to perform, and to do whatever is necessary to further the cause of music, an Art-form he equates with the ongoing search for the meaning of life.

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