Manuel Mota (guitarist)

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Manuel Mota
Born (1970-10-22) 22 October 1970 (age 49)
Lisbon, Portugal
GenresFree improvisation
Years active1976–present

Manuel Mota (born October 22, 1970) is a jazz guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal.


Mota started playing guitar at 15. Although his interest was in blues rock, he turned to free improvisation and experimental music in the 1980s. He has a degree in architecture and owns the record label Headlights.[1]

Between 1989 and 1997 he studied and experimented with prepared guitar, mainly acoustic, on drone music, influenced by Phill Niblock and La Monte Young. Since then his interests shifted to the development of a personal language for fingerstyle guitar. He started working with bassist Margarida Garcia and from 1997 to 2005 collaborated with Sei Miguel. He also worked with Tetuzi Akiyama, Chris Corsano, Lukas Ligeti, Mattin, Donald Miller (of Borbetomagus), Phill Niblock, Gino Robair, and Ernesto Rodrigues.


As leader[edit]

  • I Wish I'd Never Met You (Headlights, 1999)
  • For Your Protection Why Don't You Just Paint Yourself Real Good Like an Indian (Headlights, 2001)
  • Leopardo (Rossbin, 2002)
  • Quartets (Headlights, 2004)
  • Outubro (Headlights, 2006)
  • Sings (Headlights, 2009)
  • ST 13 (Headlights, 2014)
  • 090114 (Headlights, 2014)
  • Blackie - Solo Guitar (Headlights, 2014)
  • Sete (Headlights, 2015)
  • Exodus (Headlights, 2015)
  • Lacrau with David Grubbs (Blue Chopsticks, 2018)


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Manuel M. Mota". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2019.