Sara Serpa

As a native of Lisbon, Portugal, and currently living in New York, vocalist and composer Sara Serpa has lived around music all her life. While in her teens she attended the Conservatory of Music in Lisbon, studying piano and singing, setting the basis of her musical vocabulary. When facing the challenge of choosing a career, Serpa entered a Psychology College, graduating in Social Work. Her musical desires remained alive during this period and soon she encountered jazz at Hot Clube Jazz School in Lisbon. Serpa’s aspirations of seeking more knowledge and challenges eventually brought her to Boston where she attended Berklee College of Music and later the New England Conservatory, where she received her Masters in Jazz Performance in 2008. Among her teachers were a very celebrated cast of luminaries such as Danilo Perez, Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Theo Bleckmann, Hal Crook and Jerry Bergonzi.

From the time Serpa arrived to Boston, she has kept her yearning to learn and for developing her own voice as a composer and improviser. Serpa is a singer of a new generation who seeks out challenges in order to grow. Her ability to navigate through demanding, instrumental music and improvise over complex chord progressions is amazingly natural. As a composer Serpa has a unique approach to sound and emotional depth: she creates melodies that seem to tell everyone a different story and at the same time leave her own signature. The fact that she sings mostly wordless music, going beyond the traditional scat technique, is also part of her creative style. It is no mystery that her compositions and singing have established her prematurely as a pillar among many young jazz musicians.

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”She's unique beyond words” —Boston Globe

”A bright young Portuguese singer” —New York Times

”She's the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment” —All About Jazz

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Recognition

Biophilia Records
2020

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Imagined Sky

Whirlwind Recordings
2020

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Close Up

Clean Feed Records
2018

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All the Dreams

Sunnyside Records
2016

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Aurora

Clean Feed Records
2013

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Mobile

Inner Circle Music
2012

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Lei Do Indigenato, 1914

From: Recognition
By Sara Serpa

Object

From: Close Up
By Sara Serpa

Object

From: Close Up
By Sara Serpa

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From: Primavera
By Sara Serpa

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