Joao Lencastre is a drummer/composer native from Lisbon. Started playing the drums at the age of 13 and he is now one of the most active and creative musicians on the Portuguese musical scene. He has played all different kinds of music, from avant garde Jazz to mainstream,Alternative Rock, Afro Beat, Reggae, Metal, World,Electronic/Dance, etc.

His interest in jazz started when he first joined the Hot Club Jazz School in 1995, where he studied with the drummer Bruno Pedroso.

Apart from Portugal, has also played in different venues around the world, including New York, Czech Republic, England, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Spain, Macau,and Panama.

Over the years, JL had extensive training and practice, in order to stay continuously up to date on new styles and improve his knowledge and skills, which included private lessons with some top drummers, either in England, with Mark Mondesir or in New York, with Ralph Peterson, Billy Kilson, Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss.

Has played and/or recorded with David Binney, Bill Carrothers, Andre Fernandes, Mario Franco, Thomas Morgan, Jacob Sacks, Afonso Pais, Carlos Barreto, Phil Grenadier, Andre Matos, Demian Cabaud,Leo Genovese,Peter Bernstein, Masa Kamaguchi, Benny Lackner, Nelson Cascais, Spill, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Vojtech Porchaska, David Doruzka, Noah Preminger, Russ Johnson, Sean Conly, Randy Ingram, Jeremy Stratton, Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha, Blasted Mechanism, Jacinta, Cacique 97, among many others...


Lencastre has put out four records as a leader with his group Communion, "One!" and "B-Sides" on Fresh Sound/New Talent and "Sound it Out!" on TOAP Records, all with great national and international reviews on some of the most prestigious magazines, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Ipslon, Jazz.PT, All About Jazz, NYC Jazz Record, just to name a few...
The fourth Communion record, featuring David Binney, Phil Grenadier, Jacob Sacks, Thomas Morgan, Andre Matos, plus guests Sara Serpa, Tiago Bettencourt, Ary and Benny Lackner, came out in November 2014 on Auand Records.


SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY:

José Lencastre Nau Quartet: "Fragments of Always" (FMR Records 2017)

João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco: "From order to chaos" (Clean Feed 2017)

EEL SLAP!: Vol. I (EP) (Flea Boy Records 2017)

João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco: "Dance our way to the death" (2016)

No Project Trio: Vol. II (FMR Records 2015)

João Lencastre's Communion "What is this all about?" (Auand records 2014)

Tiago Bettencourt "Do Princípio" (Universal 2014)

Tiago Bettencourt "Acústico" (Universal 2012)

No Project Trio "Vol. I" (JACC Records 2012)

Tiago na Toca "Poemas" (EMI/Metronomo 2011)

Joao Lencastre's Communion "Sound it Out" (TOAP 2010)

Joao Lencstre's Communion "B-Sides" (Fresh Sound 2008)

Joao Lencastre's Communion "One!" (Fresh Sound 2007)

Mario Franco Group + David Binney (TOAP 2006)

Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha "Em Fuga" (Universal 2010)

Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha "O Jardim" (Universal 2007)

Ensemble Raum "Sete Pecados Mortais" (2005)

Blasted Mechanism "Plasma" (Musica Alterantiva 1999)


João Lencastre é um baterista/compositor natural de Lisboa. Começou a tocar com 13 anos e ao longo da sua carreira já teve a oportunidade ter tocar diversos estilos musicais, desde jazz mainstream ao mais avant garde, Rock Alternativo, Electrónica, Metal, Reggae, Rock, Punk, Afro-Beat...

Tocou e/ou gravou com alguns dos melhores músicos do panorama nacional e internacional, David Binney, Bill Carrothers, Andre Fernandes, Mario Franco, Thomas Morgan, Jacob Sacks, Afonso Pais, Carlos Barreto, Phil Grenadier, Andre Matos, Demian Cabaud,Leo Genovese,Peter Bernstein, Masa Kamaguchi, Benny Lackner, Nelson Cascais, Spill, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Vojtech Porchaska, David Doruzka, Noah Preminger, Russ Johnson, Sean Conly, Randy Ingram, Demian Cabaud, Jeremy Stratton, Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha, Blasted Mechanism, Jacinta, Cacique 97, entre muitos outros...

Ao longo dos anos tem tido a oportunidade de pisar diferentes palcos por esse mundo fora, incluindo República Checa, Polónia, Panamá, Macau, Alemanha, Brasil, Espanha ou Inglaterra.

Tem já editados 4 discos com o seu grupo Communion, todos eles muitos bem recebidos pela imprensa nacional e internacional, destacando-se críticas muito positivas nas conceituadas revistas Modern Drummer ou Jazz Times, Ipslon, Jazz.PT, All About Jazz, NYC Jazz Record, para mencionar apenas algumas.
"One!" e "B-Sides" pela editora Fresh Sound/New Talent , "Sound it Out" pela TOAP Records, e o último "What is this all about?" pela Italiana Auand Records, que foi gravado no final de 2012 em NY e que conta com a participação de David Binney, Phil Grenadier, Jacob Sack, André Matos, Thomas Morgan e os convidados Sara Serpa, Tiago Bettencourt, Ary e Benny Lackner.


DISCOGRAFIA SELECCIONADA:

José Lencastre Nau Quartet: "Fragments of Always" (FMR Records 2017)

João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco: "From order to chaos" (Clean Feed 2017)

EEL SLAP!: Vol. I (EP) (Flea Boy Records 2017)

João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco: "Dance our way to the death" (2016)

No Project Trio: Vol. II (FMR Records 2015)

João Lencastre's Communion "What is this all about?" (Auand Records 2014)

Tiago Bettencourt "Do Princípio" (Universal 2014)

Tiago Bettencourt "Acústico" (Universal 2012)

No Project Trio "Vol. I" (JACC Records 2012)

Tiago na Toca "Poemas" (EMI/Metronomo 2011)

Joao Lencastre's Communion "Sound it Out" (TOAP 2010)

Joao Lencstre's Communion "B-Sides" (Fresh Sound 2008)

Joao Lencastre's Communion "One!" (Fresh Sound 2007)

Mario Franco Group + David Binney (TOAP 2006)

Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha "Em Fuga" (Universal 2010)

Tiago Bettencourt & Mantha "O Jardim" (Universal 2007)

Ensemble Raum "Sete Pecados Mortais" (2005)

Blasted Mechanism "Plasma" (Musica Alterantiva 1999)