Pedro Madaleno

Guitarist but also a talented pianist, jazz musician Pedro Madaleno , a disciple of Jim Hall and Lee Konitz, which taughts and influence are so well documented in the beautiful melodic lines that he plays , recognizes also himself as a Pat Metheny influenced improviser but at the same time he is a recognised music composer.

Pedro Madaleno is one of the most important figures in today’s Portuguese music scene, as a performer and a teacher – he formed at least half of the young jazz musicians active today.

He studied in NY and Boston as a scholarship recipient, at the Berklee School of Music and in the Jazz Program of the New School of Social Research between 1986-1990 .

He was a devoted ''protegé'' student of Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, Karl Berger with whom he builded a strong connection, and during his staying in the United States he learned to master his six-strings also with the likes of John Abercrombie, John Scofield and Attila Zoller and developed awesome compositional skills studying with master geniuses Kenny Werner and Aidyn Esen, Harold Danko, Anthony Davis, Gary Dial.

While his time in NY, he also jammed intensivly with his classroom colleagues Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Roy Hargrove, Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Ed Simon, between others.

He studied also 4 years in several workshops with Master Genius Karl Berger, which opened up a whole spectrum of knowledge that Pedro developed by himself, working with the amazing Rhythmic Theories of GamalaTaki and Konakol, while being one of the few rare authority teachers in the world in Gamala Taki , and also directing the first World Music Program ever in Portugal at Estal ( 2018-20)

He also taught at Hot Club de Portugal (1992-2006) and Jbjazz School (2006-2018) the matters of guitar, compostion, harmony, world rhythm, combo ,ear training and optional courses on GamalaTaki, Modern Jazz, and other subjects.

With DownBeat Guitar Awarded Winner Ted Dunbar, he dived into the Lydian Chromatic Concept of George Russell. From clubs to jazz festivals, his playing is very much present in Portugal, and he’s frequently requested to compose for dance, films and visual art exhibitions. His improvising style has much to do with Hall’s and Abercrombie’s fingering approach, but with pedal effects originated from the late Seventies jazz-rock fusion, converging in a music very aware of the history of jazz which, if it’s mainstream in form, opens itself to more audacious situations, carefully built but acessible.He played in all the majors Festivals in Portugal and islands, Angola, Moçambique, Spain, France, Germany, Uk, Ireland, China, Usa.

He has released 5 CDS, and 3 of them were awarded with prizes.

Last CD, ''That smile on youf face'' was Nº1 for 2 months on categories TOP recommended/Top listenings at the world renowned Allaboutjazz.com website.

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