Part of the emerging new generation in European contemporary jazz and improvised music, José Dias has worked alongside numerous international artists. His albums have been widely acclaimed and his solo album, “After Silence, Vol.1” (Clean Feed 2019), which resulted from a series of improvisations for silent shorts by Man Ray, was described by All About Jazz as ‘an introspective masterpiece’. As a composer, Dias has scored music for theatre, contemporary dance and animation film. His music is strongly inspired by the visual arts and literature. His projects explore the dialogue between different contemporary sound spheres, where experimentation becomes a central element.
José Dias is Senior Lecturer in Music at Manchester Metropolitan University. As academic researcher
he has developed research on European jazz networks, exploring the relationships between jazz practices, cultural identity and cultural policies in Europe. From his research experience, Dias has been appointed delegate for the 12 Points jazz festival (Dublin), Festa do Jazz (Lisbon) and Europe Jazz Network Annual Meeting.
He has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed publications and released his documentary on Portuguese jazz, 'Those Who Make It Happen', in 2016.