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Susana Santos Silva

Susana Santos Silva is a trumpeter, improviser and composer from Porto, Portugal. In the last years she has been considered by the international press as one of the strongest emerging voices in contemporary jazz and improvised music. With a singular approach/voice that comes out of a comprehensive spectrum of influences, from classical and contemporary music to jazz and textural sound art, she is interested in stretching the boundaries of the instrument and in exploring new ways of expression within music. She leads her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms (with Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Jon Fält and Torbjörn Zetterberg), and co-leads duos with Zetterberg (also in trio with Hampus Lindwall), Kaja Draksler, Jorge Queijo, Alexandra Nilsson, and a quartet with Christine Wodrascka, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Håkon Berre. She is also part of the LAMA trio, Torbjörn Zetterberg’s Och Den Stora Frågan and Coreto. She has been traveling, performing and recording with many amazing musicians for the last four years around Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Italy, Greece, Egipt, Morocco, Ireland, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, USA, Uruguay, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia.

“Susana Santos Silva is a extremely busy global musician who leads and co-leads various groups of different sizes, but always with her confident, nearly free approach as the focus. Her sound is liquid yet fiery, resonant, strong and flexible and her sharp command of the instrument is typically expressed in creative improvising situations where an ability both to blow torrents of sound and compose compact melodic statements – all entirely in the moment – make her a valuable asset in her many recording and performance roles.” Ken Micallef, NYC Jazz Record

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"There's always that moment... when you realize you've just been blown away by some talented shit. That's the moment I had after being pierced by Susana Santos Silva and her hour long epic debut, Devil's Dress."
Stephan Moore

"With her impressive 2011 debut as a leader “Devil’s Dress” and involvement in various European projects, highly-educated trumpeter Susana Santos Silva looms as a nascent voice within progressive-jazz circles” Glenn Astarita

"Silva's quintet has proven itself among the ranks of adventurous modern jazz” Daniel Lehner

"Her tone can be buttery or bold, a rare combination for a trumpeter, and she isn't afraid to experiment with smeared notes and out-of-focus tones, which give the music a more personal sound" Dan Bilawsky

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Khimaira

Relative Pitch Records
2022

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Grow

Intakt Records
2022

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Melt

Clean Feed Records
2021

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Suicide Underground...

Multikulti Project
2021

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Ekhidna

Rune Grammofon
2020

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The Clouds

Hoob Records
2020

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Warmth

From: Devil's Dress
By Susana Santos Silva

Devil's Dress

From: Devil's Dress
By Susana Santos Silva

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