Where It All Began

Paulo R. is an independent artist born in Lisbon in 1975. He first came into contact with the piano at age 7, within the realm of classical music. Since then, Paulo went on to experience other instruments and musical genres. As a teenager he played mostly drums in punk-rock bands. His interest in drumming led him at age 16 to enrol in the Hot Club Portugal School (International Association of Schools of Jazz). A detour into visual arts and design followed, which led Paulo R. to his parallel activity as a graphic designer. He later returned to the Hot Club School, completing the jazz course as a pianist. Next he goes to Lisbon Superior School of music where he gets a major degree in Jazz Piano.
He currently plays in various projects, such as Tahina Rahary Malagasy Roots, Trifazz or, in a more classical context, with the Municipal Orchestra of Fundão.

Music Influences

Paulo has been influenced by all kinds of music, such as J. S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Cage, Steve Reich,  Radiohead, Massive Attack, Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau, Tahina Rahary and Traditional Portuguese Music just to name a few.

Live vs recording

Paulo has been playing with many jazz ensembles like Tahina Rahary Malagasy Roots (ethnic jazz) or his band Trifazz but also with classical ensembles such as Fundão Municipal Orchestra.

At the beginning of 2019, Paulo R. will release the original CD “Out of The Shoe Box” completing the work already developed in the EP with the same name. After many years doing almost exclusively live performance, this CD was something had to be done.


«Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul»
– Plato