Jorge da Rocha, 27th January 1980. Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal.
From an early age, Jorge was divided between music and material art forms. Whilst living in Portugal, he combined these interests. He became an autodidact music student and collaborated in both artistic and musical projects, playing the guitar and the Hindu Sitar. From 2003 to 2005 Jorge studies guitar music theory and combo at RIFF – jazz school of Aveiro, Portugal.
In 2005, with the intention of devoting himself completely to music, Jorge moved to Barcelona. From 2006 to 2008 Jorge studied guitar, double bass, music theory and combo at Taller de Musics in Barcelona. From 2008 to 2012 Jorge graduates at Conservatori Superior del Liceu, Barcelona (Superior Degree in Jazz and Modern Music), where he had classes with Horacio Fumero, David Mengual, Nono Fernandez, Iñaki Sandoval, Jon Robles, Iñaki Sandoval, Francisco Suarez and Dani Pérez. At the conservatory he has the opportunity to do master classes with great musician as Dave Holland, Eddie Gomez, Ben Street, Pat Metheny, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossi, Billy Hart, Bill McHenry y Stefan Karlsson.
Since his move, he’s been recording and playing in a number of projects and musicians within Barcelona’s vibrant musical scene: Mosaico Jazz Trio (Reflejos –feauturing Raynald Colon, Dani Pérez y Mû. Recorded at Nomada 57, Barcelona) Samantha de Siena (Lifting the Veil produced by Suso Saez), Anna Morley (Water Door, Casa Fulda, Berlin), Jon Robles, Jordi Bonel, Dani Pérez, Matthew L. Simon, Ismael Dueñas, Calima Electric Blue, Inma Gomes, Danny the Lip and the Downlow, Camila Brasiliano & Saudades, Maria Coma, The Near Death Ensamble, among others. Jorge is a regular musician in Barcelona’s musical scene, he has performed in prestigious clubs and festivals, including Barcelona’s Voll-damm International Jazz Festival (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).
In 2016 Jorge records his first album in his solo career “These are a few of my favorite songs”. Its was recorded only with two instruments: Double bass and Voice, an album in which Jorge plays songs from some of his favorite artists like Radiohead, Björk, Massive Attack or the portuguese songwriter Zeca Afonso. Jorge presents this album in live shows in Spain, Portugal and Germany.
In 2017 Jorge plays in different venues and festivals in Europe: Spain, Portuga,, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. He publishes his second album “To Drop and Lt Go”. A very special album with his own compositions recorded only with double bass and voice. The album is presentes at Mercado de Musica Viva de Vic (MMVV2017) and afterwords in Portugal and Germany.
In 2018 Jorge continues to present and develop his live show, playing in solo format and duo or trio, with invited artists. Da Rocha presents his work in festivals and venues in Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Romania.
In 2020 Jorge publishes his third album, “BLAU - Being Lost As Usual” - in which Jorge explores self-production and his multi-instrumental facet and approaches iris style to ndie, alternative music, mixing the acoustic and electronic worlds. This album has its premiere at the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (MMVV2019).
Jorge is also dedicated to the composition of pieces for short films (Ancora, 22S productions) and theatre and dance shows. He participated in "He Man Éh" by Cia. Zero en Conducta and composes the music for "Insecto Primitivo" by Cia. Elias Aguirre. In 2020 he composes part of the music for the award-winning film ANIMA ANIMAE ANIMAM by Zero en Conducta.
In 2021 he created the original music for the show “The Very Last Northen White Rhino” by the choreographer Gastón Core, a piece premiered at the GREC Festival in Barcelona.