Sara Serpa

Lisbon, Portugal native, Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser who implements a unique instrumental approach to her vocal style. Recognized for her distinctive wordless singing, Serpa has been immersed in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music since first arriving in New York in 2008. Described by JazzTimes magazine as “a master of wordless landscapes” and by the New York Times as “a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook,” Serpa started her recording and performing career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist, Danilo Perez, and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist, Ran Blake. Her ethereal music draws from a broad variety of inspirations including literature, film, visual arts as well as history and nature. As a leader, she has produced and released seven albums; the latest being “All The Dreams” in collaboration with guitarist André Matos. Currently, she leads a trio with Erik Friedlander (cello) and Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax), with a debut album coming out in March 2018 on Close Up/ Clean Feed. Serpa has collaborated with an extensive array musicians including John Zorn, Mycale Vocal 4tet, Guillermo Klein, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Derek Bermel, Aya Nishina, Tyshawn Sorey, Nicole Mitchell, Kris Davis, among many others. Besides this trio, Serpa currently leads a trio featuring Zeena Parkins and Mark Turner in an interdisciplinary performance, combining film with live music entitled “Recognition, and City Fragments Ensemble (3 voices + 3 instruments), with Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson, André Matos, Erik Friedlander and Tyshawn Sorey.