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Free at the Kimmel

Sittin' In: Live Sessions Featuring Sara Serpa & André Matos

Jan 15, 2020
9:00 PM

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(Doors @ 8PM)


Sittin’ In introduces audiences to new cutting-edge artists. It defies genre, often drawing from everything from straight-ahead jazz to freestyle hip hop and all points in between. There’s an unpredictability to the night, which we enthusiastically embrace! Sometimes you’ll experience a finely tuned set and sometimes you can catch a totally improvised show by seven people who have never played together. The awesome creativity, excitement, and quality always shine through in The Kimmel Center’s informal club-like setting, featuring early warm-up sets by some of the hottest DJs around. And, it’s free!

About Sara Serpa & André Matos

Magic, intensely dazzling and moving are some of the words that can describe the combination of the voice and guitar of Sara Serpa and André Matos. Working together since 2005, the Portuguese native and New York based artists have achieved to create a unique sonic world, drawing upon pure and contemplative sounds through a personal approach to melody and poetry. Their musical identity reveals both their Portuguese culture as well as a certain allure inspired by the creative artistic environment of New York. Serpa and Matos have been performing their music in countries like Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

"There may be no combination better capable of painting and promoting aural iridescence than that of vocalist Sara Serpa and guitarist André Matos.(...) Their music is art at the point where minimalism and cangiante merge, resulting in an otherworldly sound that's utterly enthralling and completely unique." All About Jazz, Dan Bilawski


Voted as Rising Star - Female Vocalist 2019, by the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, Lisbon, Portugal native Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser who implements a unique instrumental approach to her vocal style.  Recognized for her distinctive wordless singing, Serpa has been immersed in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music since first arriving in New York in 2008. Described by the New York Times as "a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook," Serpa started her career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist Danilo Perez, and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist Ran Blake. As a leader, she has produced and released eight albums; the latest being Close Up in collaboration with Erik
Friedlander (cello) and Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax). Serpa is also a member of
the We Have Voice Collective, comprised of 14 musicians, scholars and thinkers,
determined to promote gender equity in the performing arts.


Portuguese native André Matos plays the guitar since the age of nine. He was then interested in the pop-rock bands of the moment and of the past, and soon developed a deep love for the Blues of Muddy Waters, BB King or Albert King. A New York resident since 2008, Matos has been presenting his music in the city through projects
who have included Tony Malaby, Billy Mintz, Jacob Sacks, Leo Genovese, Thomas
Morgan, and others. He has also collaborated with projects that cover a wide
range of style, having toured the US, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and


Be our guest. Come by sometime and see who is Sittin’ In.


Doors: 8pm
Band: 9pm
Close: 11pm

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