Armindo Neves

Nationality: Portuguese

In the 1970s, Armindo Neves won prominence as one of Portugal’s best jazz guitarists, being a member of the Girassol Orchestra of conductor Zé Eduardo. For some time, he also played the electric guitar in progressive rock group Banda do Casaco. Later, he wrote string arrangements for Beto Betuk and conducted the orchestra in concerts of Duarte Mendes and Dulce Pontes.

Between 1978 and 1990, he arranged and conducted seven hopefuls in the RTP Festival da Canção, the Portuguese Eurovision heats; moreover, in 1991 he wrote the arrangement to one more entry. In 1993, Neves was the musical director of the same show, conducting all eight entries and travelling along with winner Anabela to Millstreet (Ireland) to lead the orchestra during her rendition of ‘A cidade até ser dia’, a subtle composition about the nightfall. The orchestration was written by co-composer Pedro Abrantes. This Portuguese entry, with lyrics by Paulo de Carvalho, finished tenth. In 2000, Portugal was no participant in the Eurovision Song Contest due to its poor results in the years before; however, RTP organized a Festival da Canção with an orchestra led by Neves to accompany all eight entries, including the victorious ‘Sonhos magicos’ sung by Liana.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Armindo Neves will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1993: A cidade (até ser dia)