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Susana Santos Silva, Master of the Trumpet

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

In the last few decades, a school of players has emerged who take a much more exploratory approach to the trumpet, devising new languages based less on notes and scales. The sounds are wide-ranging—squiggles and hisses; watery tones that seem to dribble out of the horn’s bell and hang in the air; kissing and farting noises. Lester Bowie of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Wadada Leo Smith, and Bill Dixon were pioneers of this type of exploration, and Axel Dörner and Peter Evans continue down this path today.

So does Susana Santos Silva, born in Portugal but currently living in Sweden. She’s become a leading figure in the European and North American avant-garde, taking the trumpet into new realms every time she steps to the microphone.