João Catalão is interested in how theatrical approaches and working methods of actors may be applied to music. His work has led to the completion of a Doctorate in Performance at the Université de Montréal, and recognition at the PAS-Brazil Composition Competition, as a finalist at the Concours International de Luxembourg, and as a recipient of a Montreal English Theatre Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Theatre” with SIXTRUM for Angélique. Catalão is a member of SIXTRUM, jazz ensemble [IKS], and is the marimbist for singer Pierre Lapointe. He has composed music for shows including “La Grande Tortue” (SIXTRUM), “Utiopia.Arvore” (J. Notari), and “L’Ombre et l’Hibou” (La Nef). His work “La prière de Franois d’Assis” has been performed by percussionists in Brazil and the USA.