We all had projects during the Covid times. One of mine was to develop my piano playing. I did have some basic lessons during my Classical training but it was many years ago and I wouldn’t be able to play anything if I stumbled into a piano. So, I used my free time at home to practice a bit every day and look online for tips and exercises.

I managed to get to a level where I can comfortably play with friends and have done a small project with a very good friend who sings beautifully.

I still have much to learn and develop, but as a first step, I’m happy where I currently am.

Miguel Gigante playing while a child looks curioulsy

I started learning the guitar when I was 14 with an amazing human being called Julio Viana. It is incredible when we find people who care and end up changing our life for better.

I have then decided to join the Academia de Musica de Viana do Castelo to learn more formally and to also learn music theory. I have done 5 years of classical guitar together with other modules such as Music Theory, Choir, Music History and Composition.

I played in various bands and projects with friends and then moved to more professional experiences such as being a resident guitar player at Quinta da Malafaia and then playing with the Actress/Singer Rita Ribeiro.

After moving to the UK, I have player in a couple of bands as well. A Cover’s band playing Soul/Motown and later on a Pop/Soul original band.

Learn more about al of these in this section.