From jazz to gnawa music, electro-acoustic trance to total improvisation, in solo or in a big band, collaborating on dance and theatre productions and making soundtracks for movies, João Lobo maintains a versatile career as a musician mainly playing the drums. He has released two records under his name: “Nowruz” in 2017 and “Simorgh” in 2020.

He is the co-founder of Oba Loba, Going, Tetterapadequ, Norman, Mulabanda, and a proud member of Giovanni Guidi Trio, Manuel Hermia Trio, Punk Kong, Daniele Martini Quartet.

He has recorded more than 50 albums, some self-produced and others for labels such as ECM, Clean Feed, CamJazz, De Werf, El Negocito, three:four records, Challenge, NEOS.

He has performed and/or recorded in many countries around the world with many musicians including Enrico Rava, Marshall Allen, Rosewell Rudd, Carlos Bica, Nate Wooley, Maalem Hassan Zogari, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Thomas Morgan, Chris Corsano, and collaborates intensely with Norberto Lobo, Giovanni Di Domenico, Lynn Cassiers, Manolo Cabras and Giovanni Guidi.


Name: João Lobo
Place and Date of Birth: Lisbon, Portugal, 19th January 1981
Nationality: Portuguese
Mobile: +32 488 57 22 28

1999-2001: Escola de Jazz do Hot Clube de Portugal
2000-2001: Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional
2001-2006: Royal Conservatory of The Hague- Bachelor in Jazz-Percussion
2002 and 2003: Siena International Jazz Seminar

Solo, Norman, Norberto Lobo/João Lobo duo, Oba Loba, Going, Cornettada, Tetterapadequ, Mulabanda, Giovanni Guidi Trio, Riccardo Luppi’s Mure Mure, Trance Mission, Punk Kong, Daniele Martini Quartet.

Movimentos Perpétuos-Música para Carlos Paredes (compilation) with Verdes Sons, Universal Records
Enter with As Guests Quartet, Baileo
Fala Mongue with Munchen, ed. autor
Indian Summer with Giovanni Guidi Quartet, CamJazz
Da Alma with Júlio Resende, Clean Feed
Novos Talentos Fnac 07 (compilation) with Tetterapadequ, Fnac
Novos Talentos Fnac 08 (compilation) with Norman, Fnac
Bitter Love Songs with Scott Fields Freetet, Clean Feed
The House Behind This One with Giovanni Guidi Quartet, CamJazz
This American Life with Scott Fields Ensemble, NEOS
And The Missing R with Tetterapadequ, Clean Feed
Norman with Norman, Skinpin Records
The Unknown Rebel Band with Govanni Guidi, CamJazz
Kuruwasan with KuRuWaSaN, Quinto Quarto
Seminare Vento with Alexandra Grimal, Freelance Records
Matéria Prima with Carlos Bica, Clean Feed
Playing Games with Eef van Breen Group, Challenge Records
Live in Milano with Riccardo Luppi’s Mure Mure, El Negocito Records
Roll Call with Hugo Antunes, Clean Feed
MULABANDA with Mulabanda, Quinto Quarto
Long Stories and Short Tales with Manuel Hermia Trio, Igloo
Fotografia with Francesco Turrisi, Diatribe Records
Music From Movements with WEGO, WEGO
Changing Scenes with Eef Van Breen Group, Challenge Records
Lift Your Toes with Mulabanda, Silent Water/Quinto Quarto
City of Broken Dreams with Giovanni Guidi Trio, ECM Records
Going I with Going, Silent Water
Mogul de Jade with Norberto Lobo/João Lobo, Mbari
Songs of Experience with Francesco Turrisi, Taquin Records
Dream And Drone Orchestra with Dream&Drone Orchestra, Silent Water
Os Meus Shorts II with Os Meus Shorts, Bankrobber/Bravo/Gandula/Ultra-Local Records
Nine with Mâäk, W.E.R.F
Oba Loba with Norberto Lobo & João Lobo, Shhpuma/Silent Water
This Is The Day with Giovanni Guidi Trio, ECM Records
Chlopingle with Tetterapadequ, Creative Sources
MikMâäk with MikMâäk, W.E.R.F
Going II Machinery with Going, Silent Water 
Mount Ananea (5853) (Side B) with Norberto Lobo/João Lobo, (no label)

Twice Left Handed//Shavings with Ifa Y Xango, El Negocito
Descanso Del Dopo Popo with Tetterapadequ, Cylinder Records (3″cd)
Pangatuna with Tetterapadequ, Fortune
Lonely Cedar with Punk Kong, Mister Nakayasi
Legacy Of Ashes with Nate Wooley/Daniele Martini/João Lobo, Creative Sources
Nowruz in solo, three:four records
Sir Robert Williams with Oba Loba, silent water/three:four records

Going III (Disque D’ORgue) with Going, Silent Water/Meakusma 


Spread Them Out with Mulabanda, net release


Going Live in Atelier 210 with Going, soundshots

Free Percussion solo in compilation, tsss tapes

Avec Le Temps with Giovanni Guidi, ECM


Sanduíche TV with CFT, digital release (bandcamp)

Going Comando with Giovanni Di Domenico/Going, digital release (bandcamp)

Pebbles/Ripples (Live at The Parkside Lounge) with Matt LeGroulx,Chris Kelsey,Francois Grillot, digital release Phonautograph Records

The Miracle with Di Domenico/Damianidis/Lobo, Mr. Nakayasi Records

Simorgh with João Lobo/Norberto Lobo/Soet Kempeneer, Les Albums Claus/Shhpuma


Pantufa Alcalina with Oba Loba, Silent Water

Bakunawa with Pak Yan Lau, Cortizona

La Nuée with La nuée, Umland

Centro Cultural de Belém, Casa da Música, Culturgest, Teatro Maria Matos, Centro Cultural Vila Flôr, Festival Bons Sons, Museu do Chiado, Zigurfest, Hot Clube de Portugal, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Teatro São Luíz (PT); Umbria Jazz, Clusone Jazz Festival, Bolzano Jazz Festival, Bergamo Jazz, Venezia Jazz Festival, Alexanderplatz, Young Jazz In Town, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa Del Jazz, Villa Cellimontana, Il Torrione (IT); Flagey, Botanique, Middelheim Jazz Festival, Jazz in ‘t Park, Gaume Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de Liège, Winter Jazz Festival, Festival Des Libertés, Théâtre Marni, Recyclart, Les Ateliers Claus, Jacques Pelzer, GLIMPS Festival, Meakusma Festival (BE); Festival de Jazz de La Défense, MIDEM (Cannes), Festival de Jazz d’Avignon, D’Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de Le Mans, Festival de Jazz d’Orléans, Rendez-vous de L’Erdre (FR); North Sea Jazz Festival, Bimhuis, Paradox, Paradiso, Melkweg (NL); Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz Unterfahrt, Loft (DE); Mai Jazz Festival (NO); New Baltic Dance Festival (LIT); Slovakian National Radio, Konvergentie Festival (SLK); Festival Antigel, Cave 12, Stanser Musiktage (CH); Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cafe Oto, Vortex (GB), Rimousky Jazz Festival (CAN); Velvet Lounge, Zebulon, Cornelia Street Café, Roulette (USA); Bourbon Street Jazz Club, Teatro Alvorada (BR), Airegin, Guggenheim, Candy, Nardis (JP), European Music Festival (VIET).
Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, Marshall Allen, Carlos Bica, Julian Arguelles, Mário Laginha, Chris Corsano, Darrin Grey, Akira Sakata, Nate Wooley, Thomas Morgan, Michael Attias, John Hebert, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Norberto Lobo, Giovanni Di Domenico, Pak Yan Lau, Giovanni Guidi, Alexandra Grimal, Nélson Veras, Scott Fields, Fred Lomberg-Holm, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Gianluca Petrella, Manolo Cabras, Lynn Cassiers, Scott Roller, Matthias Schubert, Nico Roig, Joachim Badenhorst, Riccardo Luppi, Michelle Rabbia, Giovanni Maier, Francesco Turrisi, Emmanuele Cisi, Mário Delgado, Nuno Rebelo, Marco Franco, Francesco Bigoni, Daysuke Takaoka, Dan Kinzelman, Bert Joris, Ben Sluijs, Erik Vermeulen, Sal Larocca, Sanne van Hek, Brice Soniano, Daniele Martini, Bruno X, André Fernandes, Oriol Roca, Augusto Pirodda, Hugo Antunes, Stefano Senni, Toine Thys, Manuel Hermia, Carlos Barreto, Bernardo Sassetti, Sebastian Gramss, Matthias Schriefl, Michal Vanoucek, Maalem Hassan Zoghari, Maalem Mohamed Zevzev, Grégoire Tirtiaux, Marek Patrman, Nicola Andrioli, Júlio Resende, Bernardo Moreira, Laurent Blondiau, Guillaume Orti, Jeroen van Herzeele, Michel Massot, Dan Peck, Claude Tchamitchian, Marc Ducret, Geoffroy De Masure, Fabian Fiorini, Bart Maris, Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Niels Van Heertum, Susana Santos Silva, Li Ti Qiao.

2001: 1st Prize at “Jovens Criadores” (Portugal) with Munchen.
2002: Scholarship at the “International Siena Jazz Seminar” (Italy).
2004: 1st Prize at the “Pim Jacobs Prize” (Netherlands) with As Guests Qarttet.
2004: 1st Prize at the “Dutch Jazz Competition” (Netherlands) with As Guests Quartet.
2006: Finalist at the “Hoeilarts Jazz Contest”(Belgium), with We Ride Bikes.
2007: 3rd Prize at “La Défense Jazz Festival” (France), with Alexandra Grimal Quartet.
2007: 1st Prize at the “Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon”(France), with Alexandra Grimal Quartet.
2011: Octave de la Musique 2011 (catégorie Jazz) (Belgique), with Manuel Hermia Trio
2016: Nominated for “Best Original Music” at “Fénix Film Awards” (Mexico)

WEGO: A Performance in Concert
Performed in The Netherlands, Denmark and Spain between 2003 and 2006.
Unfinishd Company
Member since 2006. Performances at the Bimhuis and OT301 (NL).
WEGO: Music From Movements
Performed in The Netherlands and Denmark in 2012.
All Instruments
Premiered at Festival Antigel (Genève,CH) and Festival Danseur (Bruxelles,BE) in 2013.
Two Women And A Drummer
Ballets Confidentiels.
Co-Production MET-X/Théâtre 140/Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine/La Briqueterie-CDC du Val-de-Marne. Premiered at Théâtre 140 (BE) in 2016.
Musical Director and Composer of Original Music for the movie JOHN FROM by João Nicolau premiered in 2015. (Nominated for “Best Original Music” Fenix Awards, Mexico).
Music for Salomé Lamas’s Mount Ananea Instalation at Fundação Serralves, 2015 and the movie El Dorado XXI 2016, with Norberto Lobo.


Original Music for La première Fois Que Je Suis Devenu Fou (le), a radio fiction by Jeanne Debarsy and Maël G. Lagadec premiered in 2017.

Original Music for La Mort En Eaux Troubles, radio series by Csilla Deak and Alice Lemaire premiered in 2019