João Cabral


Subjects: Guitar, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation.

Expertise: Jazz Music, African Music, Brazilian Music, and Latin Music.

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, and English.


Artistic bio

João Cabral taught guitar, theory of Jazz, improvisation and ensemble classes at the Arts and Communication School of Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique for 10 years as a permanent teacher, and around the world as an invited exchange teacher. His educational background includes Jazz Studies at the University of Cape Town’s South African College of Music (2003), Jazz Performance and a Master’s Degree in Music (2007).

João has performed in various concerts and festivals in South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil, the United States of America, Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania. Also acted as a guest musician with the International Orchestra of Glomus (Global Higher Music Education) – a project with musicians from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Italy, France, Estonia, Georgia, United States of America, Brazil, Aruba, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Palestine, Egypt, Mali, Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania, Orchestra of the National Music School, Childo Thomas Band (bassist settled in Barcelona and devoted musician Cuban Omar Sosa), Kina Zoré Band (from Boston), Luna Latin Jazz Project (from Boston), Marrasamba project – a project with Brazilian and Mozambicans musicians, and others.

Invocation, Darleny, Las Cabralinas, Afro Town, African Soul and Chamanculo are some disc titles of his debut album “River of Dreams” where these mixtures, this miscegenation materializes. All songs are of his own. Note that the album “River of Dreams ” was on Top 20 of World Music Chart 2010 in Europe and in the Top 10 RDP-Africa from Portugal. His album won the Top Instrumental Award, MMA (Mozambican Music Awards) 2010 Edition.


Combining practical and theoretical approach, considering music reading, writing, perception and rhythm (if it’s necessary).

Classes are online via Skype, FaceTime and Zoom, or in Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge, Dorchester, etc) at home.


Jazz Standards: All The Things You Are, Take The “A” Train, Someday My Prince Will Come, All Blues, Billie’s Bounce, Footprints, Song For My Father, Alone Together, Autumn Leaves, Black Orpheus, Wave, The Girl From Ipanema, Blue Bossa, One Note Samba, Etc.

R&B and Pop songs: Isn’t She Lovely, Don’t Know Why, That’s What Friends Are For, Etc.

Latin songs: Como Fue, Sabor Picante, Preparen Candela, Guantanamera, Etc.

African songs: Sina Makosa, Dança Ma Mi Criola, Malaika, Etc.