Sérgio Henrique

Sérgio Henrique

Was born in Oporto, in 1982, into a family who was deeply passionate about music, whose tastes ranging from Led Zeppelin to Nina Simone to Bach have influenced him from a tender age. He starts to study organ and music theory at the age of five, having ended this first learning cycle at the age of 14, after 3 years of attending the Oporto Jazz School, where he discovered his taste for improvised music with Diego Ebbeler, and for discipline and theory with Paulo Gomes, that introduced him as pianist in the jazz combo for teenagers of the same school. Never having lost his love for the piano, its immobility motivates him towards percussion instruments.

Having taken his approach to percussion playing djembe, he consequently discovers the darbuka, the djambé’s Arabic counterpart, smaller and lighter, it fitted better his nomad and festive spirit. Through self-learning, he continues to study the language of Arabic rhythms that he adapted to other percussion instruments he afterwards acquired, such as the tar, riq, udu and more recently, from the instrument family of the handpans, the spacedrum.

Even though music has always been his most cherished passion, only in 2011 does he venture in a musical project, namely Addūcantur. Since 2012 he shares the stage with Pedro Viana in a musical project that combines Mediterranean percussion instruments with viola braguesa. He also participates as musician and co-founder since 2012 the Argila project, dedicated to organizing sensorial experiences.