Despite not having suffered any serious situations of abuse of power or sexual discrimination, Sara Serpa states that, "obviously", she has heard "many 'mouths' and comments about women, which normally male musicians will not do between them" the body or the clothing, and that "associate physical characteristics with the capacity to work".
"The code of conduct gave me more power and assertiveness to identify situations that sometimes made me feel uncomfortable and that I could not figure out why," explains the singer, who also acknowledges that "everyone in this community of artists has a role and a power. "
"My place of work can be a rehearsal at someone's house, it can be a studio, it can be a hotel when I'm on tour. It is very fluid and there are many barriers (…) that can lead to abuse of power and sexual aggression, "warns the singer.
We Have Voice's code of conduct has already been adopted by 57 institutions in the United States, Canada, Australia and Italy.
Art Residence in New York
The singer began a month of artistic residency at one of New York's most important cultural institutions, Park Avenue Armory, to promote social responsibility with the Aquarius project.
The artistic residence of Sara Serpa, the first Portuguese person to get a space on Park Avenue Armory, began this month with complete freedom and without any condition, all due to the desire to act before the social concerns of the singer and to contribute to a society more welcoming.
The migratory crisis in the Mediterranean and ignorance on the part of society inspired Sara Serpa, who has lived in the United States for 14 years, to propose the interdisciplinary project "Aquarius" to the New York institution Park Avenue Armory, who gave her the keys of a studio next to Central Park for a year.
In an interview with Lusa, Sara Serpa confessed that "Aquarius" is a product of what makes her suffer and worries her in the world and aims to "create a space" through the interdisciplinarity of music, images and voice, "where there may be reflection and recognition that we all have a role to create more hospitable societies. "
The singer anticipated that it will transform the room into a "creative sanctuary", since Park Avenue Armory gives it a "very welcoming and conducive to creativity" environment.
It is from here that the Portuguese will develop one of the most ambitious projects of her career, which will take her on a trip to the centers of reception of migrants in Europe to try to understand "why the civil community in several countries … continues to ignore what is happening, which is really an international tragedy. "
"Being here gives me access to immense sources, immense material that I, being at home, for example, would not have access," said the composer, adding that the cultural events promoted by the institution and contact with schools are an important addition to the work.
"A space in New York, this size, with a piano …", reflected the composer, "is truly a privilege."
Park Avenue Armory is a non-profit organization established in the building of the Seventh Regiment Armory with the mission of revitalizing the monument with a cultural, artistic and educational offer, promoting contact between artists, curators, population and schools. .
"Aquarius" is part of a series of projects that the jazz artist has already developed on the relationship between Europe and Africa and the imperialist relation that says it continues to exist in the world, for which it was inspired by the history of the family.
Sara's parents and grandfather were born in Angola and it is this piece of family history that inspires her for her work, as is also seen in the "Recognition" project.
This is a combination of silent movies recorded by the grandfather in Angola, with a Super-8 machine, that have gained a soundtrack and a new narrative by the hands of Sara, a project that has always been presented live and that will be transformed into a album in July.
In October, the singer will go through several Portuguese stages – such as the Centro Cultural de Belém and the Bragança Jazz Festival – to promote "Close Up", recorded in trio with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and cellist Erik Friedlander.
Sara Serpa goes to Portugal twice a year and always enjoys taking advantage of the professional opportunities that take her to Europe to go through the country. "It's important to me and my sanity," he said.
"I'm in New York City, which is a city where the cultural offer is immense and where there is immense experimentation, creativity, competence and competitiveness. All these things force a person to give their best constantly to be able to survive in professional terms, "concluded the Portuguese singer, on his journey.
Sara Serpa was born in Lisbon, started playing the piano at the age of seven and, at eleven, entered the Music School of the National Conservatory in Lisbon. Later, he entered the Higher Institute of Applied Psychology, where he graduated in Rehabilitation and Social Insertion.
In the United States, in Boston, he attended the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he completed his master's degree in Performance Jazz.
In 2008, he debuted solo with the album "Praia", to which he added ten more albums so far, the last of which, "Close Up", was released last year.