Susana Santos Silva is a Portuguese trumpeter, improviser and composer based in Stockholm, Sweden.
With a singular artistic approach 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 possibilities of the instrument, exploring new ways of expression within music, as well as dissolving the boundaries between composition and improvisation. ‘One of the most exciting improvisers in the world’ (Downbeat), her music has been described as intoxicating, intense, beautiful, overwhelming, mesmerising, innovative, bold and creative.
Besides her solo practice, she has been working with her bands Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms and with collaborative projects with Kaja Draksler and Torbjörn Zetterberg – also in trio with Hampus Lindwall, Child of Illusion, Fish Wool and Hearth.
Much in demand she has been playing with an array of different bands/projects and with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Mat Maneri, Paul Lovens, Hamid Drake, Mats Gustafsson, Lotter Anker, Sten Sandell, among many others.
Susana is now attending a Master program in Electroacoustic Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
photo by Joana Linda