“…her subtlety and sureness command serious attention.” – The New Yorker
“…a fresh and riveting presence on the vocal-jazz landscape.” – JazzTimes
“…unique beyond words.” – Boston Globe
On Sunday, June 28: Art Is Live will present groundbreaking vocalist and composer Sara Serpa in a live-streamed concert at 5 p.m. EDT to celebrate her multimedia masterpiece Recognition. She will be accompanied by guitarist André Matos. For information visit https://www.artislive.net/.
Serpa is widely acclaimed as one of the premier vocalists of her generation and was recently crowned the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll. Recognition, Serpa’s tenth album, pushes her headfirst into innovative musical territory. A collection of Serpa’s original pieces set to moving images, the album features her singing and performing spoken word alongside some of the most recognizable and distinctive artists in jazz and improvised music: saxophonist Mark Turner (Billy Hart, Tom Harrell), pianist David Virelles (Chris Potter, Henry Threadgill) and harpist Zeena Parkins (Björk, John Zorn). Released June 5, 2020 on Biophilia Records, Recognition will be available in BiopholioTM or digital download with code for film screening.
Admission is by donation, 50% of which will go to SOS Mediterranée, an NGO saving Black Lives in the Mediterranean. To donate go to https://www.paypal.me/artislive?locale.x=en_US or Venmo, @Marta-Sanchez with the note “Art Is Live” and Sara Serpa
Please follow the link to read more about Sara Serpa and her latest Recognition recording released June 5, 2020 on Biophilia Records.
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photo by Heather Sten
Lisbon, Portugal native Sara Serpa is a vocalist-composer and 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 the New York Times as “a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook,” Serpa started her career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist Danilo Perez, and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist Ran Blake. As a leader, she has produced and released nine albums; the latest being Recognition, an interdisciplinary project that combines film with live music, in collaboration with Zeena Parkins (harp), Mark Turner (saxophone) and David Virelles (piano). Serpa is a member of the We Have Voice Collective, comprised of 14 musicians, scholars and thinkers, determined to promote gender equity in the performing arts. Sara has performed with John Zorn, Nicole Mittchel, Ingrid Laubrock, André Matos, Guillermo Klein, Okkyung Lee, Guillermo Klein, Linda May Han Oh, Kris Davis, among many others. Serpa was voted Rising Star – Female Vocalist 2019 by the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, and she currently teaches at The New School and at New Jersey City University.
*** more about Biophilia Records ***
Biophilia means “an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.” Our home is Harlem, New York City. What sets Biophilia Records apart from traditional music labels is that in addition to creating meaningful and imaginative music, our artists are united by a common interest in having a positive impact on the environment and our communities. Our artists collaborate with organizations that specialize in conservation, sustainability and outreach initiatives. We regularly volunteer hands-on in community events to however we can.
The Biopholio™ is a double-sided, 20-panel origami-inspired medium, bursting with vibrant artwork and liner notes; each one made entirely out of FSC-certified, robust paper, hand-folded and printed using plant-based inks.
Found inside each Biopholio™ is a unique code for the listener to digitally download the music in hers/his preferred format including CD-quality, uncompressed WAV files. This innovative design caters to the environmentally conscious listener, who is aware of the harmful effects of plastic in the environment yet feels that a digital download is just not enough. With your purchase, you are supporting the future of this music and the artists who create it with the added bonus of receiving a tangible piece of original album artwork that you can proudly cherish for years to come.
You can access entire BIOPHOLIO here, on Biophilia‘s Bandcamp store 😉
ART IS LIVE Upcoming Concerts
- June 30, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTMariel Bildsten
- July 01, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTTomeka Reid
- July 02, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTJo Wallfish
- July 03, 2020 / 5:00pm EDT
- July 04, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTJ’royce Jata
- July 05, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTElsa Nillson
- July 06, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTMargaret Morris
- July 07, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTAlexa Barchini
- July 08, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTKari vander Kloot
- July 09, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTArooj Aftab
- July 10, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTKavita Shah
- July 11, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTDarrian Douglas
- July 12, 2020 / 5:00pm EDTAyo Awosika