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Fábio Alves de Almeida was born in October 1985 in Paris. At the age of 4 he returned to Portugal, spending his childhood and adolescence in the city of Vila Real. At the age of 10 he started studying classical saxophone at a local academy of music, playing and learning also in local wind orchestras. At the age of 17 he moved to Porto, and attended the Graphic Design course in Universidade do Porto, also finishing his classical saxophone studies at the Conservatório de Gaia, studying at the class of professor Hugo Teixeira. In 2007/2008 he concludes his course and applies for a Master degree in "Image Design" at the same university, concluding it in 2008/2009.


In the same year he concludes his classical saxophone education with maximum grade, being the first student in Gaia Conservatory history to accomplish it. During this time he attended masterclasses with well known masters such as António Filipe Belijar, Mário Marzi, Claude Delangle, James Houlik, Gerard McChrystal, Alexandre Doisy, Albert Julià, Michael Cheret, Gary Smulyan, among others. During this time he had the opportunity to play in different formations such as: Gaia Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra, Gaia Conservatory Wind Orchestra, AP Sax Ensemble (at "FISP" Festival Internacional de Saxofone de Palmela), among many other interesting projects. 


Also that year, encouraged to continue his musical education he applies for the Jazz Course in Escola Superior de Música do Porto (ESMAE), learning saxophone with professor Mário Santos and Zé Pedro Coelho, studying also with professors such as: Nuno Ferreira, Carlos Azevedo, Paulo Perfeito, Michael Lauren, Pedro Guedes, Abe Rabade, António Augusto Aguiar, among others. He concludes the course in 2013.


As a soloist member of ESMAE Big Band, he played at the Festival "Serralves em Festa 2011" and "Internacional Guimarães Jazz Festival" in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 in a Big Band conducted by George Colligan, The Story, Ralph Alessi This against That and Jacam Manricks, respectively.


During that time he attended masterclasses with masters such as: George Colligan, Michael Blake, Jaleel Shaw, E.J Strickland, Josh Ginsburg, Samir Zarif, Lars Dietrich, John Escreet, Zack Lober, Greg Ritchie, Tony Malaby, Andy Milne, Drew Gress, Ralph Alessi, Mark Ferber, Jacob Sacks, Ohad Talmor, Matt Pavolka, Dan Weiss, Carlos Barreto, Chris Lightcap, Tony Malaby, Andrew Bishop, Gary Versace, Gerald Cleaver, Gary Smulyan, Jacam Manricks, Randy Ingram, Raoul Bjorkenheim, Gianluca Renzi and Ross Pederson.


As leader/co-leader of Pãodemónio, Zagorro, Puzzletone, Phantom Trio and member of Hugo Carvalhais quartet, RP Group Fábio is creating his space on the Portuguese Jazz/Improvisation panorama, releasing Pãodemónio debut album "Pirraças Pueris" in 2014, and Phantom Trio debut álbum "#00" in 2016 as a Creative Sources Records Artist.






Outside the Jazz spectrum, he recorded with many bands in various styles from World music to pop/rock such as: Mundo Secreto, Souls of Fire, Bilan Band, Thee Orakle, Sullen, Dentinho, Underground Spiritual Band, New Brothers of Soul, Blue Paradise, Bamba Social & Orquestra do Malandro, André Sarbib, among many others. As a member of the Bilan Band he played in the 2012 FMM Sines (International World music Festival). Founding member of the horn section "The Horndogs", featured in Souls of Fire 2014/2015 digression.


As part of the ensemble representing ESMAE at the contest "10ª Festa do Jazz do S.Luiz" in Lisbon, Fábio won the collective prize for "best jazz combo 2012". Fábio was also a smi-finalist in the notorious "Bucharest Internacional Jazz Contest" in 2013.


He has played or recorded with improvisation artists such as: Hugo Carvalhais, Liudas Mockunas, Ralph Alessi, Mário Costa, Gabriel Pinto, Sérgio Tavares, João Martins, Ricardo Pinto, Marcelo Ruben Aires, Nuno Trocado, José Valente, Marcel Royo, Nuno Oliveira, Diogo Dinis, Michael Lauren, Mané Fernandes, Fernando Sanchez, among many others.


Fábio plays regularly at the top Music Festivals & Venues in Portugal, he also teaches Improvisation, Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Combos & Composition at the Vila Real Music Conservatoire, and Gulpilhares Music Conservatory.


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