Sara Serpa presents her new work “Encounters and Collisions”, a commission by Chamber Music America, drawing inspiration from her own migration experience in the US, exploring themes such as traveling, assimilation, identity, motherhood, loneliness and language. This new work features Serpa’s long-time collaborators Ingrid Laubrock, Erik Friedlander and Angelica Sanchez.
Encounters and Collisions portrays episodes from my life since moving from Portugal to the US. I think so many times about how we deal with change and loss. From moving to another country, to giving birth or grieving a loved one, my different reactions have often surprised me. And yet, life is change in itself. Sometimes drastic, most of the times subtle, we all go and move through constant change. We lose ourselves, countries, landscapes and cities, loved ones, thoughts and emotions. I wrote this music for someone else’s story only to realize I was writing my own story.