Gonçalo Cruz

Researcher | Designer | Musician | Educator | Maker


Music composer and guest musician on live and recorded performances


Maker of bagpipes & Woodwinds


Doctoral Researcher in Music
The Redesign of Bagpipes

My workshops & Seminars

Over the last years, Gonçalo has worked with several educational institutions carrying out pedagogical, cultural & motivational seminars and workshops.
If you’re looking for a guest speaker or would like to hear more about his seminars, please send an email.



Lessons and workshops

Learn how to play Bagpipes, 
Flutes & Whistles 
or join in with your music instrument and learn folk repertoire from Iberia

Project & Design

Tools that help you think.

Be it the remodeling of your own apartment, producing your new record album, drafting your scientific paper or designing your live performance.
In Design process, it’s all about getting something accomplished.



Learn to be. . .

From Music to the Visual Arts, from Meditation to Martial arts, its all about transcending technique.
Thinking > Knowing > Being

by design…


I’ve been connected to the arts since as far back as I can remember. I’ve never imagined myself doing anything other than creating “stuff”. How Music composition became an intrinsic part of “it all”, is something that took me a while to make sense of… However, since childhood having travel from Drawing to Painting, to Architecture, and ending up Making the very same musical instruments I play and compose with, has been an amazing ride. The more time passes the more everything seems to fall into place…

Latest News

Gonçalo writes for several media outlets, including the youtube channel GaitaMakerTV, or the Finndit.org initiative.
He also publishes articles and papers, that you can read here.

A Research Affinity Project, for SibA – UNIARTS

A Research Affinity Project, for SibA – UNIARTS

I am extremely excited about working on this new project for the Sibelius Academy - UNIARTS. The idea of a visual map for our University has been on my mind since 2020. Me and prof. Jan Schacher will be presenting this project to our colleagues next 13th of October,...

My farewell concert | 21 years of arrefole

My farewell concert | 21 years of arrefole

...and there it goes... as a brief breeze: twenty years of a music collective I founded back in 2001 are now officially over. Arrefole, this unexpected group of musicians have been the catalyst for my improvement as a performer and composer. They have made me a better...

My latest Album, by “arrefole”

My latest Album, by “arrefole”

  ...And it's DONE! My latest album - ARRE - is finished! It will be out on all major streaming services by the 16th of October.  It is also, available as a CD album, that I have designed myself. Arre is a co-composed project, by the collective "arrefole", that...


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