António Pinho Vargas was born in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal, across the river from Oporto, in 1951. He graduated in History and has a degree in piano from the Oporto Conservatory. In 1974, he began to play jazz piano, and with his band he performed throughout Europe and the United States, with additional performances in South Africa and Macao.
“Dinky Toys” was originally scored for piano and then rearranged in order to play it on a toy piano. Liberties were taken with the register displacements to maximize timbral variety. “Dinky Toys” lives up to its name as a charmingly whimsical evocation of childhood.