Multi-instrumentalist, António plays viola campaniça, guitar, piano, cavaquinho, mandolin, conventional and invented percussions, acoustic and electric, analog and digital gadgets. Composer, arranger, and producer, he has works in cinema, theatre, contemporary dance, puppet theater, circus, cabaret, and performance. António studied piano and classical guitar at the Academia de Amadores de Música de Évora, Classical guitar at the Regional Conservatory of Setúbal, later on, jazz guitar at the Modern Jazz School Almada-Seixal – where he played in the Big Band, under the guidance of Lars Arens. He has participated in numerous workshops, short training courses, and artistic residencies, with emphasis on artists as Trilok Gurtu, Stéphan Milleret, José Mário Branco, Kepa Junkera, among many others. He has dedicated himself to explore the traditional repertoires and one instrument in particular: the viola campaniça (Alentejo), which he has placed in different musical contexts.
In 2020 he released his solo Project RAIA: Planeta campaniça. A sound journey around the latitudes of the viola campaniça, between tradition and experimentation with Iberian roots. The viola campaniça is one of the Portuguese violas. Campaniça means ‘from the countryside’, Campaniça region (Baixo Alentejo). Raia is the border line between Portugal and Spain, a cultural ecosystem with common dots on both sides.