João Castro Pinto

João Castro Pinto is a composer and researcher that began his experimental musical activity in the 1990s. His work is focused in between the fields of sound art, electroacoustic / acousmatic music and soundscape composition. He graduated in Philosophy, by the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon, and is currently finishing his PhD degree in Science and Technology of the Arts (Computer Music) at the Portuguese Catholic University¹s CITAR - Research Centre for Science and Technology of
the Arts, with a dissertation on the Soundscape Composition thematic. He was the artistic director of Hertzoscópio - Experimental and Transdisciplinary Arts Festival (2003 and 2004 editions, and also of the Hertz_extend # 1
event in 2005). Received several awards, scholarships and distinctions. He has done composition masterclasses with renowned composers as François Bayle, Francis Dhomont, John Chowning, Barry Truax, Trevor Wishart, Simon Emmerson, Morton Subotnick, Adrian Moore, Annette Vande Gorne & Marie-Jeanne
Castro Pinto has presented his work in well over 150 performances / concerts / appearances, all over Europe, the U.S.A. and Asia, in cities such as: NYC, Iowa, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Leeds, Birmingham, Berlin, Cologne, Paris, Vienna, Graz, Bolognano, Athens, Uden and played in festivals and venues such as Audio Art Festival, Wien Modern, INA-GRM¹s Banc D¹Essai, ICMC ­International Computer Music Conference, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Música Viva Festival, Experimental Intermedia Foundation [NYC], Pnem Sound Art Festival [Netherlands], ORF [Austrian Radio Broadcast], Sammlung Essl Museum [Austria]. Collaborated and frequently plays with renowned Portuguese and foreign artists from the sound art / experimental
and improv. music scenes such as: Tom Hamilton (USA), Hanna Hartman (SE),
Dr. Karlheinz Essl (AT), Koji Asano (JP), Bernhard Loibner (AT), Michael Fischer (AT), Vienna Improvisers Orchestra (AT), Clemens Hausch (AT), Gilles Aubry (CH), Thollem Mcdonas (USA), O.Blaat (JP), Rafael Toral (PT), Sei
Miguel (PT), Carlos Zíngaro (PT), D¹Incise (CH), John Grzinich (EE), Variable Geometry Orchestra (PT), etcŠ
Released several recordings [solo pieces, collaborations and compilations] by: Miso Records (Portugal), Unfathomless (Belgium), OtO (Japan), Triple Bath (Greece), Sirr-ecords (PT), Creative Sources Recordings (PT), Grain Of
Sound (PT), Variz (PT) and Useless Poorductions (PT).
João Castro Pinto is a composer published and endorsed by MISO MUSIC PORTUGAL's - MIC.PT - Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre.

Selected Works

Sendungen im ORF-Kunstradio:

18. 4. 2010: „Portraying the Spectra of Toys“
16. 12. 2012: „FOOLING THE FOLEY"
30. 04. 2017: "The No Land Soundscape Project"