Sara Serpa: A Musical Journey
AAJ: Do you also engage in other art forms? If so which ones?
SS: I love photography. I went to an Art College for two years, so I draw, I paint and I take photographs. And I love writing as well. But I've never exposed it the way I do with the music.
AAJ: Lastly can you tell us a little bit about your Crossing Oceans project?
SS: Crossing Oceans is still a work in progress. It features voice, trombone, tenor sax, guitar, bass (and possibly some percussion). I sing mostly in Portuguese. It is like a story about my perception of Fado, and its origins, that are deeply embedded with the history of Portugal. It started out of my curiosity about Fado music, as I wanted to know more about this song form (I never listened to it before I moved to US) .
My research made me travel in time and think about things that are key to my country's history, but that no one talks about: the slave trade from Africa to Brazil, the music that came from Brazil to Portugal in the 18th century, (which is when Fado appeared in Lisbon)...so many things. So it's a Fado project but it's also my project, it's a creative approach to it. It is a story told through music.
Courtesy of Sara Serpa