GaitaMaker non Profit

GaitaMaker is a non profit platform, Researching, Promoting, Teaching & Making “Iberian Gaita” Bagpipes

A dream of making bagpipes became a life long project and touched more people than expected

Gonçalo Cruz was born in Oporto, in the northern Portuguese coast in 1979.
Developing as a self-taught musician, he spent the last 20 years, studying the “Gaita de fole” - the Portuguese and Spanish bagpipe models. The meeting of Mr. Jürgen Ross (historical bagpipe maker) at a local festival in Germany 2003, led to a close friendship. Over the years, Gonçalo had found a mentor, that pushed him to creating his own workshop, in 2010, devoted to the making and selling of european bagpipes.
Given his background as a designer, Gonçalo soon became obsessed in solving the shortcomings he detected in the instruments, both as a professional piper and teacher.

Soon the workshop was visited by fellow researchers, students and musicians keen on discussing tradition, science and custom musical instruments that suited their needs. This engaging cultural environment also attracted non pipers, music lovers, scholars, designers and engineers, artists and craftsman, institutions and private business, media outlets…

It was clear by now that GaitaMaker extended must further than the limits of the bagpipe making atelier, and touched people beyond the small piper community...   It was a cause.

GaitaMaker non profit had been born.

The GaitaMaker Team

Gonçalo Cruz

Gonçalo Cruz

Chairman

Gonçalo was born in Oporto – Portugal.
He has been a Researcher, Musician, Tutor & Maker of “Iberian Gaita” Bagpipes for the past 20 years.
He is a music composer and guest musician on live and recorded performances, founder of non-profit Portuguese Trad. music organizations such as “arrefole”.
Gonçalo is a board member & advisor for the international ”World Music School (Helsinki)” as well as the manager for the local World Music School Porto.
Earned a M.A. in Architecture and a tutor’s pedagogical aptitude certificate.

Gustavo Lobão

Gustavo Lobão

Vice-Chairman

Gustavo was born in Santos, S. Paulo – Brasil.
He has been a musician and tutor of percussion for bagpipes, especially iberian and scottish snare drums and the bodhrán, for more than 10 years.
Founding member of “Oran” and “Nau Vera Cruz”, irish and portuguese music groups respectively, he also played on a scottish pipe band and a breton bagad.
Graduated in Popular Music – percussion.

Sara Cardoso

Sara Cardoso

GaitaMakerTV Producer

Sara is a communication advisor & media producer, that has done extensive work for the Portuguese government.
Her passion for traditional music, and her 10 years experience as a Portuguese folk dancer, makes her a perfect fit for GaitaMakerTV.
Sara holds a M.A. in Communication & Multimedia and a tutor’s pedagogical aptitude certificate.
Lives in Oporto – Portugal

Dante Marinho

Dante Marinho

Webdesign

Dante Marinho was born in Bahia – Brasil.
He is musician and tap dance teacher.
He is a freelance Webmaster & webdesigner, interested in internet and digital marketing.
Dante his currently studding for a degree in Information Technologies.
Lives in Aveiro – Portugal

Pedro Aibéo

Pedro Aibéo

Advisor

Pedro was born in Porto – Portugal
He is a professional musician in the collective “Homebound” and founder and president of the association “World Music School Helsinki ry” (Finland), and “Cidadania”, a theatre+games group (Germany).
He is a music tutor, a teacher of drawing & architecture, and an author of both a book on mathematics and several Op-ed in newspapers.
Pedro Aibéo is an Architect (M.Sc., Dipl. Ing., TU Darmstadt, Germany) and Civil Engineer (M.Sc., Licenciatura, FEUP, Porto), researcher and PhD student at Aalto University – Finland.
Lives in Helsinki – Finland

Contributors

Sandro Henrique Bueno

Sandro Henrique Bueno

Blogger

Sandro was born in Suzano, S. Paulo – Brazil.
He has been a visual Artist since a young age, and a Musician & Tutor for more than 15 years.
Founder of Nau Vera Cruz (Iberian Pipes), member of “Grupo Araúna” (Brazilian trad,) and “Jornada Ancestral” (Medievel Folk).
With a degree in Music, Sandro is a self taught piper, currently traveling Europe in search of new sounds and tunes for flute and pipes.