Susana Santos Silva is a Portuguese trumpet player, improviser and composer based in Stockholm, Sweden.
“One of the most exciting improvisers in the world” (Downbeat), Susana has a singular artistic approach that comes out of a comprehensive spectrum of influences, from improvised and contemporary music to jazz and textural sound art.
She draws inspiration and works with other artistic expressions like image/video and body movement/dance.
She is interested in stretching the sonic possibilities of her instrument, exploring new ways of expression within music, as well as dissolving the boundaries between composition and improvisation, perception, acoustic and electronic music and media.
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, Torbjörn Zetterberg, Hampus Lindwall, Ellen Arkbro, just to name a few.
Much in demand, she has been playing with an array of different 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, Catherine Christer Hennix and the Ictus Ensemble, among many others.