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music & research

José Dias is Senior Lecturer in Music at Manchester Metropolitan University, musician and compositor.

His albums have been widely acclaimed and his solo album, “After Silence, Vol.1” (Clean Feed 2019), was described as ‘an introspective masterpiece’ (All About Jazz) and listed as one of the essential Portuguese jazz albums of the new century (Improvisando). As a composer, he has scored music for theatre, contemporary dance and animation film. His music is strongly inspired by the visual arts and literature.

José Dias has authored several research outputs, including the book Jazz in Europe: Networking and Negotiating Identities (Bloomsbury, 2019) and the documentary Those Who Make it Happen (2016).