Filipe Melo dedicated himself to the piano from an early age, with a special interest in jazz and improvisation.
He studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also attended the Hot Clube School of Jazz in Lisbon. He was the recipient of the Bucharest Jazz Competition, and the Outstanding Musicianship Award from Berklee and other several awards.
He worked with musicians such as Benny Golson, Seamus Blake, John Ellis, Peter Bernstein, Omer Avital, Donald Harrison Jr., Jesse Davis, Sheila Jordan, Paulinho Braga, Jordi Rossy, Swingle Singers, Martin Taylor, Perico Sambeat, Herb Geller, Hotclube Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He also works as a composer, pianist, orchestrator, and music director for musicians and projects from all sorts of genres other than jazz and teaches at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.
In Film, he created several cult projects – the short film “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (2003), winner of Fantasporto, Méliès d’Or and another 12 international awards and ” Um Mundo Catita” (2008). He also directed video clips and advertising spots.
At the same time, he devotes himself to comics. He currently writes for Tinta-da-China in Portugal, and for Dark Horse Comics in the US. His books are prefaced by legendary filmmakers John Landis, George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, and Lloyd Kaufman. The Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy have more than 20 reissues. His books are published in the USA, Poland, England, France and Brazil. For Dark Horse, he published his stories in the anthology “Dark Horse Presents”, alongside Mike Mignola and Frank Miller.
In 2016, he published The Vampires (Tinta-da-China), a book inspired by the homonymous music by Portuguese author Zeca Afonso. In 2017 he published “Sleepwalk” – the first comic book story to be in the literary magazine Granta Portugal – that later became a book Comer / Beber and a short film (which he wrote and directed), premiered at IndieLisboa International Film Fstival (Portuguese Competition).