Pedro Syrah is a Portuguese born songwriter and composer based in the London, best known by the complex sound layers of his compositions and for his multi-instrumentalism. Syrah’s music mixes modern jazz with lots of influences, from the 60’s and 70’s Progressive and Psychedelic Rock era to classical music, resulting in an avant-garde mix of harmonies and styles.
Starting as a session musician, Syrah played in the most esteemed portuguese venues such as the mighty Aula Magna, recording at the same time with the best performing artists from the portuguese and international music scene. Syrah toured in 2009 with the american jazz pianist Burton Greene and with the american soul singer Sierra Hurtt (Phil Hurtt, “The Spinners”) in 2011. During that time, in studio, he recorded with Celina da Piedade (from the Academy Nominated Rodrigo Leao’s orchestra, “The Butler”) and started working as a collaborator with Jose Cid (author of the album “10000 Anos Depois Entre Venus e Marte”, among the top five progressive rock albums of 1978, and considered "Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music”), making regular appearances on stage as a special guest. Syrah also join on stage with artists such as Ciro Cruz (Stewart Copeland), Miguel Casais (Ed Motta), Bernardo Sassetti, The Black Mamba, among many others.
Syrah’s first solo album, “Fairytale Land”, published as independent in early 2017 and recorded between Portugal, California and London, suggests a biographical approach to music, metaphorically carrying the listener in an immersive experience in the author’s life, depicted as an era of undefined borders, broken limits, creative scenarios, love and dreams.
Produced by him and Duarte Carvalho (drummer for the Portuguese band Miguel Gameiro & Pólo Norte), the album features the special participation of the American virtuoso drummer Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) and has been mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London by Mastering Guru Sean Magee (Beatles, Sex Pistols, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington).
As a creative musical mind, Pedro Syrah started writing for other artists, making his debut as a film scoring composer for short films from the travel photographer Sergio Brota in 2009. Syrah worked on independent short films since than, working more recently on the soundtrack to the short film “Alien Park” (by Amanda Christensen) and "Estuario" by Pedro Narra.
After hundreds of sessions in studios such as Abbey Road Studios, Syrah is now working as producer, recording and mixing engineer. Syrah created "Social Protocol"_a creative production company for recording and songwriting counting with a variety of top musicians and artists. Syrah and Social Protocol produced, recorded and mixed the latest Steve Diggle's (The Buzzcocks) album "Station X" (to be released in 2019).