Music Composer for Film & Games
*some awards/selections for productions João has worked on
"Love for storytelling is an understatement. I deeply care about finding the right music to help a story grab an audience's attention and carry them through an emotional journey, while being able to make them forget the outside world for a brief moment. That is my goal."
João is a versatile and eclectic music composer and graduate of Berklee College of Music, currently residing in Belfast, who aims to tailor his music to each project so that the music becomes synonymous with it.
He has worked on a number of projects in a range of media. Some of his earlier project highlights include "The Third Attempt”, a dramatic short movie that has 17 international film selections, and "Raising Sleeping Stones", the world's first ebook novel with its own original score.
Documentaries include "Madeira Film Experience”, currently in its sixth year running, and ”Recovery", an impactful short documentary which recounts the story of 3 sexual assault survivors, and which went on to win a number of awards and nominations at various film festivals.
Most recently, João has written most of the soundtrack for the steam game Nocturne: Prelude; wrote music for the Ad "Christmas and New Year's Eve at Madeira Islands" which has received more than 700 000 views on YouTube; and was a composer/arranger on the Vivaldi Metal Project, which features a number of world famous musicians, including Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Roy Z Ramirez); Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Sons Of Apollo); Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tarja Turunen); Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) and many more.
REN CANGA & SIOFRA QUINNGATES
"Short Awards Winner" at Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2018
"Audience Winner" at Bleeding Pig Festival
"Winner Award of Recognition" by IndieFEST Film Awards
Nominated for Best Documentary at Night of the Short Film Festival 2018
Official selection by "Directed by Women" = NYC Shorts of all Sorts 2018
Official selection at London Short Series Festival 2018
Official selection at The Richard Harris Interntional Film Festival
Official selection at Kerry Film Festival
MADEIRA FILM EXPERIENCE
TripAdvisor's "Traveler's Choice 2020"
THE THIRD ATTEMPT
Cannes Court Métrage 2014
Short Film Corner (Cannes), 2014
Casa das Mudas 2013
NY Portuguese Short Film Festival (New York, USA) 2014
NY Portuguese Short Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal) 2014
NY Portuguese Short Film Festival 2014
NYPSFF Tour (New Bedford, USA) 2014
V Mikro Festival, 2014
NYPSFF Tour (San Francisco Bay Model, USA), 2014
XIII St.Petersburg International Festival BEGINNING 2014
NYPSFF Tour (São Paulo, Brazil) 2014
NYPSFF Tour (Australia) 2014
5th Siliguri International Short Film 2014
NYPSFF Tour (Angola) 2014
NYPSFF Tour (South Africa) 2014
NYPSFF Tour (Polónia) 2014
NYPSFF Tour (England) 2014
Kanyakumari International Film Festival 2015
Bilas Film Fest 2015
Performed live at a sold-out Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston, MA
ADS & PROMO VIDEOS
STAY HOME - MADEIRA
HOTEL LES SUITES
A TASTE OF MADEIRA
IA MECH WAR - SPIDERBOSS
IA MECH WAR - TRAILER A
97% positive reviews on Steam
SONS OF SOL
RAISING SLEEPING STONES
108% funding on Kickstarter
First Ebook containing it’s own original soundtrack.
4,8 starts at amazon.com
4,4 starts goodreads.com
VIVALDI METAL PROJECT
Album that features world-renowned metal musicians (such as Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Roy Z Ramirez); Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Sons Of Apollo); Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tarja Turunen); Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) and many more.
Trailer launch for Phoenix project. In this revival, the launch track, currently in production, will count with the participation of the orchestrator of Horizon Zero Dawn and Devin Townsend's drummer as well as Bryan Adams sound engineer.
THE ISLANDER PROJECT
LIGHTS OF NIGHTMARES EP
Won “Best New Band of the Year” 2012 by online magazine, Sound/Zone
3-time Emmy nominee composer
"As a composer, João really got the movie and the role of music in the story telling, and that is actually rare, especially among the better composers. But most importantly, throughout the experience he made himself present to the emotional truth of the film, and he responded to it honestly. By putting himself into the music that he wrote, he elevated the score considerably."
Keyboardist, Composer, Producer
(Bruce Dickinson, Vivaldi Metal Project)
"I discovered João while working on the second album of my Vivaldi Metal Project. I listened to some of his previous works and recognised his amazing musical talent, then I got his arrangement and orchestration works and was extremely impressed by the skill with which he managed to create musical structures and beauty.By expertly combining knowledge, passion and elegance with extreme attention to details, João delivers real sound gems."
Composer, Founder & CEO of CineCave, Forbes 30 under 30
"João created an incredible album for our Library 'CineCave'. The quality, the writing pace and also the workflow how he collaborated with us was great and I am looking forward to working with him on more projects in the future."
Photographer and Director of Advertising
"It really has been a pleasure working with this great composer! A great listener who manages to understand the feeling that we want to transmit and is capable of adapting and delivering!
You know you're working with great people when you start considering them your friend!"
Producer & Cinematogropher
"João is an excellent composer, we had his work feature on our award-winning short film. The topic was incredibly sensitive and we wanted music that went with it perfectly and that's what he delivered. The emotion conveyed through the music exceeded what we expected, we were beyond delighted with the quality and his passion towards getting the feel of the music precise.
The end result is what we feel made the film successful and we're grateful we got to work with him."
Video-game Director of "Nocturne: Prelude"
"João Luís has composed all of the combat music for my RPG Rhythm Game called Nocturne. The music he has created is absolutely fantastic. He took the time to review the story, characters and creatures of the game to create music that really matched its' atmosphere and style.When providing feedback, João was patient, professional and able to translate my feedback into the music.He went above and beyond my expectations."
Photographer, Filmmaker and Creative Director
I recently worked with João. His dedication and evident passion for composition, along with his effortless director-composer dialogue, made this the first of many opportunities we will have to work together.I will always recommend someone who works with his level of professionalism and quality.
Author of Raising Sleeping Stones
João collaborated with me on an extremely challenging project- creating the first complete score for a novel, Raising Sleeping Stones, which involved creating over 100 cues and 2 hours of music -and he far exceeded my expectations in every regard. He listened and delivered whatever I asked for, but also added ideas, sounds, and themes I never would have come up with. The result is a score that is rich, complex, layered, and much better than I could have imagined.He's fast, responsible, a good collaborator, always on deadline, and imaginative.
TALKS & PANELS
João enjoys communicating and sharing his experience about a world that can seem insular and about which not much is known by a wider audience.
He has been invited to provide talks and has participated as a panelist on several occasions regarding what goes on behind the scenes in film/game music and about the life of a professional music composer.
Below is a list of those places:
- Conservatório Escola das Artes da Madeira
- Escola da Apel, Madeira
- Westminster University, London
- RUA RED Arts Center, Dublin
- Dublin Conference Center, Dublin