Susana Santos Silva is a trumpeter, improviser and composer from Porto, Portugal.
She holds a Master Diploma in Jazz Performance ‘2010 from Codarts, Rotterdam, where she worked with Eric Vloeimans, Jarmo Hoogendijk and Wim Both.
She holds a Graduate Diploma in Jazz/Trumpet ‘2008 and in Trumpet ‘2004 from College of Music and Performing Arts in Porto, attending the last year of the course at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in the class of Prof. Reinhold Friedrich, where she also had baroque trumpet lessons with Prof. Edward Tarr.
She is a member and co-founder of the Porto based jazz musicians association Porta-Jazz and it’s label, Carimbo and part of FRIM, association for free improvised music, in Stockholm.
In 2011 she released her first album as a leader, ‘Devil´s Dress’ on Tone of a Pitch Records. With this quintet she played 12 Points Jazz Festival, Dublin in 2011.
In 2015 she released her second album as a leader, ‘Impermanence’ on Carimbo Porta-Jazz. She also leads her scandinavian band Life and Other Transient Storms, a new project with Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg and Jon Fält. The first album was recorded live at Tampere Jazz Happening and released on Clean Feed Records.
Her other main projects include a duo with swedish bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg (also a trio with the swedish organist Hampus Lindwall), a duo with the slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler, a quartet with Draksler, Mette Rasmussen and Ada Rave (Hearth), a trio with Zetterberg and Chris Pitsiokos (Child of Illusion), a duo with portuguese drummer Jorge Queijo, a duo with swedish electro-acoustic composer Alexandra Nilsson and a quartet with D. She is also part of LAMA, a Rotterdam based trio with portuguese bassist Gonçalo Almeida and canadian drummer Greg Smith, Torbjörn Zetterberg Och Den Stora Frågan, Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble, Fire! Orchestra, Per-Åke Holmlander’s Carliot Orchestra and Coreto Porta-Jazz.
From 1996 until 2016 she was part of Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, with whom she played and recorded with musicians such as Lee Konitz, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Maria Schneider, Kurt Rosenwinkel, among many others.
She was also part of the European Movement Jazz Orchestra from 2007 to 2012, with whom she played in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Egipt.


Selected Discography

Per-Åke Holmlander’s Carliot It’s Never Too Late Orchestra Nottwo Records 2018
Susana Santos Silva All The Rivers Clean Feed 2018
Basement Sessions The Bali Tapes Clean Feed 2017
Lama & Joachim Badenhorst Metamorphosis Clean Feed 2017
SSS-Q + Carlos Guedes, Wasser Bassin 2017
LAMA Metamorphosis, Clean Feed 2017
Life and Other Transient Storms, Clean Feed 2016
Fire Orchestra Ritual Runegrammofon 2016
Santos Silva/Stadhouders/Almeida/Costa Buku Cylinder 2016
Wodraschka/Santos Silva/Svendsen/Berre Rasengan! Barefoot Records 2016
Kaja Draksler / Susana Santos Silva This Love Clean Feed 2015
Torbjörn Zetterberg Och Den Stora Fragan Om Liv och Död Moserobie 2015
Santos Silva / Zetterberg / Lindwall If Nothing Else Clean Feed 2015
Coreto Sem Chão Carimbo Porta-Jazz 2015
LAMA & Joachim Badenhorst The Elephant’s Journey Clean Feed 2015
Susana Santos Silva Impermanence Carimbo Porta-Jazz 2015
Santos Silva/ Tom Chant/ Vasco Trilla The Paradox of Hedonism Discordian Records 2015
De Beren Gieren & Susana Santos Silva The Detour Fish Clean Feed 2014
Torbjörn Zetterberg Och Den Stora Fragan Moserobie 2014
Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra Live in Ljubljana Clean Feed 2014
João Guimarães Zero TOAP 2014
Coreto Mergulho Carimbo Porta-Jazz 2014
Susana Santos Silva & Torbjörn Zetterberg Almost Tomorrow Clean Feed 2013
SSS-Q Songs From My Backyard LP Wasser Bassin 2013
LAMA & Chris Speed Live in Portalegre Clean Feed 2013
Coreto Aljamia Carimbo Porta-Jazz 2012
LAMA Oneiros Clean Feed 2011
Susana Santos Silva Quintet Devil´s Dress TOAP 2011