João Sousa is a Drummer/composer based in Lisbon. He was born in Faro, Portugal on November 25th, 1990 and he began playing drums at the age of 10 years old.
Graduated by Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa had the opportunity to develop his creativity with the finest jazz musicians in Portugal, among them, Alexandre Frazão, Afonso Pais, André Fernandes, Mário Delgado, Vasco Mendonça.
Since then, he is being actively working as a sideman with different groups (Mingled Trio, Reindert Spanhove Quintet, Minji Kim Quintet, Vivienne Chuliao Trio, Gottfried di Franco Quintet, Maurits Roes trio, Marcio Philomena Trio, Broken Circuits), and he has been touring and playing at many acclaimed venues and Jazz Festivals, including but not limited to, Jazz Nova Cava, Terrassa Barcelona, De Doelen, Roterdam, Jazz in Duke-town, Loulé Jazz Festival, Cutting Edge Jazz festival, Music Village, Brussels, Minde Jazz Festival, Teatro S.Luiz, PjPj Jazzfest, Teatro Lethes, Faro.
During his studing process he participated in several Worshops/Masterclasses with many world-class musicians like, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossy, David Liebman, Mark turner, Joey Baron, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lage lund, Joe Lovano, Adam Nussbaum, Jochen Rueckert, Aaron Golberg, Terrance Blanchard, Greg Hutchinson, Dave Holland, Jim black, Omar Avital, Mário Laginha, Jimmy Wormworth, Dré Pallemaerts, Jacob Sacks.
In June 2017, João finished the Master course in Jazz Performance at Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he studied with the reknown Dutch drummer Erik Ineke. In 2015 and 2016 he played around the Netherlands with many musicians. Among them, three well-established musicians on the dutch jazz scene, the tenor saxophonists Ben van den Duncan and Simon Rigter and the Belgian pianist Johan Clement.
Nowadays, his main project is Old Mountain, co-led by the guitarist Pedro Branco. This emerged in 2016, since then it has been growing through collaborations with distinct musicians. Old Mountain featured musicians like, Gonçalo Marques, Demian Cabuad, Felician Erlenburg, Nicòllo Ricci, Nelson Cascais, Mauro Cottone, Giuseppe Romagnoli, André Rosinha, Alessandro Fongaro and Nadia Basurto.