Sara Serpa: Intimate Strangers

Vocalist/composer Sara Serpa will collaborate with Nigerian author Emmanuel Iduma on tonight’s show to feature music from her stunning new album Intimate Strangers.  The album is offering musical insight into the journeys and experiences of migrants, refugees, and displaced people.

Intimate Strangers is due out December 3, 2021 via Biophilia Records and features vocalists Serpa, Aubrey Johnson and Sofia Rei with pianist Matt Mitchell and synth player Qasim Naqvi creating vivid soundscapes for stories from Iduma’s book A Stranger’s Pose

Sara Serpa, Sofía Rei, Aubrey Johnson- voice
Erin Pettigrew- narrator
Qasim Naqvi – modular synth
Matt Mitchell- piano
Tickets are $10 and proof of vaccination and ID will be required at the door.  Masks are required for all visitors.


A fresh and riveting presence on the vocal-jazz landscape.” – Nate Chinen,JazzTimes

Serpa possesses a preternatural cool, injecting weightless sophistication and melodic grace into everything she touches.” – Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

There’s no better way to connect with the humanity of a stranger then to hear their stories and to share our own. On their poignant and striking new collaboration, Intimate Strangers, the extraordinary vocalist-composer Sara Serpa and the Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma traverse the African continent, sharing the author’s personal journey and collecting the tales of fellow travelers and migrants he meets along the way. Through Iduma’s insightful text and Serpa’s transcendent music, the lens widens to explore the struggles and emotions experienced by anyone who’s left their roots behind to seek the uncertain promise of a distant horizon.

Due out December 3, 2021 on Biophilia Records, Intimate Strangers draws from Iduma’s 2018 book A Stranger’s Pose, which recounted the writer’s travels through more than a dozen African cities, combining travelogue, memoir and meditations on migration and displacement. The album also continues a narrative that Serpa began with her 2020 release Recognition: Music For a Silent Film, which grappled with the legacy of Portuguese colonialism in Africa via her own family’s history. Intimate Strangers is, in a way, the mirror image of that project, gazing back at colonial powers from the vantage point of Africa itself.

Tue, Dec 14
7:00 pm

National Jazz Museum in Harlem - 58 W 129th Street

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