Watch and listen to “Sinos de Lisboa” from the recent album release “Carlos Martins” below and in the “Video” section. The clip was directed by Paulo Seabra, joining studio and live footage with some beautiful images of Lisbon, the city that inspired this tune. Enjoy!

Just a quick announcement of the upcoming concerts:

11 March 16 | 21h30 | Cineteatro São Pedro, Abrantes

12 March 16 | 21h30 | 13th Portalegre JazzFest – CAE Portalegre

13 March 16 | 17h00 | FNAC Chiado Lisboa

More concerts to come soon! But if you happen to be around, join us!

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Carlos Martins’ new release is a very personal work that takes us on a trip to the South – not only the South as a geographical position, but the artist’s emotional South that runs through his veins.

Accompanied by his talented and trusted companions Alexandre Frazão (drums), Carlos Barretto (double bass) and Mário Delgado (guitar), Carlos Martins reveals 11 compositions that reflect his musical universe, each in its very own way and style.

The musician and composer invokes the beauty of his roots, from Alentejo in the south of Portugal to the city of Lisbon where he lives today, citing his Mediterranean, Arab and African influences and celebrating love and friendship.

Following the highly acclaimed album “Absence”, Carlos Martins’ new record could not bear any other name than his own.

“Carlos Martins” will be launched on February 12th 2016 at Culturgest in Lisbon.

Discos Carlos Martins

Gamelan Garasi Seni Benawa Indonésie festival de l'Imaginaire

If you happen to be in Lisbon don´t miss this unique Gamelan show where traditional Indonesian themes meet jazz compositions by Bernardo Sassetti and George Gershwin at the Museu do Oriente, Saturday 12th Dec 2015, 21:30h.

[Artistic Director: Elizabeth Davis] | Adriano Jordão (Piano) |  Carlos Martins [Saxophone] |  Mark Duggan [Marimba solo]

Oriental Blues – Gamelan & Jazz | Fundação de Oriente

Carlos Martins, director of Festa do Jazz and president of the Association Sons da Lusofonia, is offering an exclusive production workshop at the Conservatory in Funchal (Madeira).

The Association Sons da Lusofonia has been launching the new Portuguese jazz project “Portugal em Jazz” earlier this year, a project that aims at fostering the Portuguese jazz scene by creating a nationwide map of jazz-related institutions, schools and activities, by linking musicians and cultural actors and by creating a strong network of jazz education as well as offering workshops and masterclasses. Besides those activities, “Portugal em Jazz” is launching a composition award for outstanding composers of improvised music and is creating a new jazz ensemble. For more information on the program, please go to: (in Portuguese)
or (in English)

Don’t miss another great opportunity to attend the contaging live performance of Carlos Martins, Mário Delgado, Alexandre Frazão and Carlos Barretto, presenting their latest record “Absence” at Casa de Música in Porto.
For tickets and more information please go to:ño-trio

Read some thoughts on Carlos Martins’ latest album “Absence” by Rui Neves (Artistic Director Jazz em Agosto, Fundação Gulbenkian):

„(…) The saxophonist Carlos Martins is essential for the implementation of a new aesthetic and professional posture that has not existed before. The relations of any jazz musician in his natural nomadization end up solidifying with those who get close to him in a harmonious chemistry that manifests itself in various encounters. Like this, Carlos Martins is confident with his choice of fellow musicians of his current quartet, the double bass player Carlos Barretto, the guitarist Mário Delgado and the drummer Alexandre Frazão, and it is important to mention that this is the saxophonist’s original quartet that included piano player Bernardo Sassetti, who is still an omnipresent figure. The ten compositions/ situations on the record „Absence“ by Carlos Martins reflect his vision of today, introspective and stabilizing, executed with elegance and giving priority to an essential melodism in a complete and sincere conviction.
It is an approach to Jazz, peculiar and authentic, like it should be.“

Rui Neves

– See the full text in Portuguese below –

Loule Jazz Rui Neves