João Paulo – 'John Tamura' – and Miguel Anastácio didn't know each other before that afternoon when they were photographed together. They were both born in Lisbon, 20 years apart, and walked in different paths. That afternoon, their paths crossed and they discovered that both shared, from an early age, a great love: music.
Miguel was born first, in 1973. He does not know why, but it was classical music that always held him until, at 12 years old, he got a violin and started to study at Sintra Music Conservatory. Then he passed to the piano and later to the singing and to directing. Today, he directs the Sintra Opera Studio, which he founded in 2005.
In 1992, he joined TAP’s Cabin Crew. With 18 years old, he became the youngest at the Airline's service.
Miguel worked at TAP for a year when, in Olivais, Lisbon, João was born. His passion for music, he says, came as early as his childhood, when he listened to his father's records at home. Later – just a little later – he began to write poems and short texts. He recorded his first song with 14 years old. In 2016, he edited Hokkaido, EP produced with the producer Holly, in an independent manner. Today, with 25 years old, he is one of the growing artists of portuguese hip hop.
João Tamura is a Contact Center Agent and Miguel Anastácio is Cabin Crew Training Coordinator.
"I like shift work! I never liked the idea of a routine: to wake up and fall asleep every day at the same time. I feel good this way, without a fixed schedule, and that also never made it impossible for me to make music. "(João Tamura)
João Tamura is a musician, poet, photographer and, since August 2017, TAP’s Contact Center agent. In this way, he can reconcile music and photography with two other great passions: aviation and travel. Shift work is an advantage, he says, since it allows him to enjoy different times of the day. When he works during the day, he has the night to devote to his arts. When he works at night, he has days available. This is how he prefers.
Making music his livelihood is not a goal. João likes to make music freely and does not like the idea of having to change what he does and how he does it: "I never wanted to be subjected to the pressures of the market or to regard my art as a business. I like to do my music in my own way: I write when I feel inspired, always as a therapy or a vent, and I record when I want and when I feel like it. I just feel happy to create music like this: totally free of any pressure or compulsion."
'João Tamura' is the pseudonym that João Paulo chose to sign his artworks. Photo by Sara Sakura.
"It was hard work, in an extremely demanding and competitive world and environment, but if we believe in our dreams and work with passion, humility and honesty, we are on the right direction to achieving them." (Miguel Anastácio)
Far from hip hop, but not so much – after all, everything is music – is Miguel Anastácio and his classical music. In 1999, in a conversation with a teacher, he discussed the difficulty in Portugal of the new singers finding a place of their own. They decided themselves to create a structure that would allow it. In 2005, he founded the Sintra Opera Studio, which now has around 50 employees – among orchestra, singers and production team – and which includes, for example, one of the most respected national string quartets: Sintra String Quartet. The research is also part of the mission of this institution, which has allowed to inaugurate many musical heritage works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Maestro, current President of the Direction and Artistic and Production Director of Sintra Opera Studio is, at the same time, responsible for TAP's Cabin Crew Training. It is not easy, he explains, to reconcile the two lives, but the advance with which the work is done, especially in the music area, facilitates the concerts planning.
Like João, Miguel also prefers not to "live from music." "I have considered it, but on the other hand, I would have to do without another passion that is to be a crew member of TAP. If we can have the best of both worlds, why not? I think I'm very lucky in that respect."
Miguel Anastácio, by the lens of Susana Neves.
At TAP, co-workers know about his projects. João, with his strong presence on social networks, could not hide his music even if he wanted to. "Fortunately," he says, "I have colleagues who like what I do – and who already knew and listened to my music before meeting me personally – which makes me very happy." Miguel, for his part, already saw TAP familiar faces in their concerts: "Not everybody knows, but those who know drive always very nice words and many already were present in several concerts."
Miguel and João travelled different paths, but their lives intersect at many points. In common they have, of course, the dedication to music, but also the work at TAP, a Company that is made of plurality and where people’s paths crossevery day, so often without knowing which talents hide their colleagues from always. Who knows if the two musicians (and so many others that surely work at TAP) will not have the opportunity to work together soon? We sincerely hope so.