HOMEPAGE > ARTISTS Manuel Maio [Portugal]
INSTRUMENTS > Mandolin, Violin

Born in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, in 1982.
Graduated as a classical violinist at ESMAE, Porto, in 2007. He then went to France, to study  jazz and improvisation at Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood.
He is engaged in several projects to which he contributes with original compositions and arrangements, as well as playing violin and mandolin.
His main project, A Presença das Formigas, is a band that plays original music inspired by Portuguese musical roots, and released its first album, Ciclorama, in 2011.
He has been selected for a 7 month artistic residency at Musibéria Center in Serpa, Portugal, during which he conceived and recorded A Presença das Formigas' second album, that will be released soon enough.
He is a proud member of FolkMus project!