In 1990 Francisco began studying improvised music, particularly jazz at ” Hot Club de Portugal” where he was taught by Carlo Morena, Nuno Ferreira, Nelson Cascais, Vasco Agostinho and others. He improved this work by attending private classes on guitar, harmony and composition with teachers such as Pedro Madaleno and Mário Delgado.
During these years he played on a regular basis with two jazz groups a pop-rock band (recording a CD) and was member of Janita Salomé’s (a prestigious Portuguese artist) band with whom he had the opportunity to play during his presentations at Expo 1998 in Lisbon (Sony and Atlântico stages).
He also participated in some jazz workshops from which we point out the “Seixal Jazz 96” coordinated by Tim Hagans (trumpet), Ben Monder (electric guitar) and Billy Kilson (drums).
In 1998 he moved to Amsterdam, Holland, to study in jazz guitar at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten), one of the most prestigious jazz schools in Europe.
In this school, he had regular classes with the guitarists Jesse van Ruller, Maarten van der Grinten and Leonardo Amuedo and ensemble classes with Michiel Bortstlap and others. He participated also in several workshops organized by CVA with famous artists like: Yellow Jackets, Jimmy Haslip, Leonardo Amuedo, Diane Reeves, Peter Bernstein, Tuck and Patty, Larry Goldings trio, Bill Stuart, Danilo Perez trio, Ivan Lins, Paulo Moura, and others.
In Holland, since 2000 he played weekly in a group that still opens and organizes a jazz jam session at the coffee house “Taveerne de Kluis” in Amsterdam. He also played with other projects – jazz, pop and world music – During this time he had the opportunity to play in known stages in the Netherlands, as Bimhuis, Paradiso, De Brakke Grond, Vondelpark and others, having also played in several music festivals in Portugal, Germany and Belgium.
He developed his own jazz project “Luz Verde” with other foreign musicians, and the Dutch jazz/pop singer Marian Hoiting (Mariandoro). He also played often with the Brazilian dance music group “Sambadam” and was regularly invited to play with other jazz, pop and Latin music projects in Holland.
In January 2004 he recorded with Carlos Bica, José Peixoto, Alexandre Frazão and João Paulo esteves da Silva and others, José Mário Branco’s (a renown Portuguese artist and composer) last record “Resistir é Vencer”.
In this same year, one of his tunes “Amesterdão de bicicleta” is recorded (with him on guitar) on Miguel Amado’s CD – Mensagens de Fumo.
In 2006 he recorded João Afonso’s work “João Afonso” and in the same year also recorded with Luís Pastor (respected Spanish artist) “Nesta Esquina do Tempo” – music for the lyrics of José Saramago (NOBEL literature prize).
In 2007 he arranged and recorded a composition of Janita Salomé on his record “Vinho dos Amantes”.
In 2011 he recorded his own album “O dedo do meio”with his trio BRUTUS (with José Salgueiro and Miguel Amado) for the label Aduf.
In 2004 at the famous São Luis theater, for the play “Portugal uma comédia musical” with music composed by renown Portuguese artist – Sérgio Godinho.
In 2008 with composer / double bass player Carlos Bica, playing his music with a Spanish contemporary dance company.
As a professional musician he has played different styles of music from jazz, rock, soul, blues, funk to world music, having the opportunity to work with some of the top and most relevant musicians and artists in Portugal.
In the jazz and improvisation field, he is developing his own original project – BRUTUS, that he created, with José Salgueiro on drums and Miguel Amado on bass. Recorded in August 2011. The CD BRUTUS – “O deed do meio” was edited and released in December 2011 by the label – ADUF.
in 2013 he moved to Dubai, U.A.E. and since then has kept working as a professional musician both in the studio and as a performer, being part of projects in jazz, pop-rock, soul, funk and world music. He also taught as a private teacher at American school of Dubai, and now keeps teaching privately.