Sara Serpa Jazz’s new innovator.
Born in Portugal, Sara Serpa says she only discovered her country’s best-known vocal form after she moved to the United States. Sara Serpa studied Jazz Performance at the prestigious Berklee College of music and later at the New England Conservatory. After moving to NYC she started composing and performing at venues such as the Village Vanguard and contributed to other artists works. I wouldn’t say shes your next Billie Holiday or is even influenced by any one. Instead, her primary influences are the classical piano she studied as a teenager and the contemporary improvisation she plunged into at the New England Conservatory.
This is an unusual piece that unwinds like a silent film.Since moving to the United States Serpa has performed with jazz greats such as Esperanza Spaulding, Danilo Perez, and Ran Blake (her pianist).“I have to know the melody really well and be strong when I am singing it.” says Sara in a interview. Jazz is already considered “restless” and with Serpa’s impressive style and innovative approach to music, she will continue to stand out with great work like this one posted.