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Lei Do Indigenato, 1914 by Sara Serpa

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Album Title: Recognition
Label: Biophilia Records
Released: 2020


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About the Album

"Lei Do Indigenato, 1914" is the first track from composer and vocalist Sara Serpa's singular multidisciplinary work "Recognition: Music For a Silent Film," out June 5, 2020 via Biophilia Records. Widely acclaimed as one of the premier vocalists of her generation and recently crowned the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll, Sara Serpa pushes headfirst into innovative musical territory with her tenth album. A collection of Serpa’s original pieces set to moving images, the album features her singing and performing spoken word alongside some of the most recognizable and distinctive artists in jazz and improvised music: saxophonist Mark Turner (Billy Hart, Tom Harrell), pianist David Virelles (Chris Potter, Henry Threadgill) and harpist Zeena Parkins (Björk, John Zorn). Recognition is available in BiopholioTM or digital download with code for film screening. "Recognition" is a singular multi-disciplinary work that traces the historical legacy of Portuguese colonialism in Africa through moving image and sound. From her family’s archives, Serpa adapted Super 8 footage of various scenes under Portuguese colonial rule in 1960s Angola into an experimental documentary in the format of a silent film, and she alone composed its musical counterpart as well, a rare and massive undertaking. Far more than accompaniment, Serpa’s mesmerizing feature-length score to the film is as immersive and compelling as the extraordinary images it reflects. This is a testament to both her captivating musical vision and compositional acumen, showing precisely why JazzTimes called her “a master of wordless landscapes.”

Track Listing

Lei do Indigenato, 1914; Occupation; The Multi-racialism Myth; Free Labour; Beautiful Gardens; Mercy and Caprice; "Civilizing Influence"; Queen Nzinga; Absolute Confidence; Control and Oppression; Propaganda; Unity and Struggle.


Sara Serpa
voice / vocals
Mark Turner
saxophone, tenor

Additional Personnel

Zeena Parkins: tuning forks.


Date featured

October 4, 2020

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