Chosen by NPR’s Bob Boilen as one of the best discoveries from SxSW 2018, Surma is inspired by silence to create her own universe of songs in jazz, electronics, and a multiplicity of influences to explore paths that are not always obvious, but with a strong identity, her own phonetics, and unique moments that can take us from the nordic fjords to cosmopolitan cities.
Alone on stage, surrounded by a dozen instruments and with her voice, the Portuguese eclectic composer shapes her own sonic universe
The debut "Antwerpen" took her to a three years tour from London's 100 Club to NOS Primavera Sound or from New York or Sao Paulo to China or South Korea.
On the pandemic years she composed for theater, cinema, prepared concerts for babies, recorded an album with a cerebral palsy users band and prepared her brand new record "alla".
Europavox recently described her as a young girl from a small town in Portugal, growing up surrounded by old records that took the strength from PJ Harvey, the grace from Alice Coltrane, the innovation from Bjork and the coolness from St. Vincent. Revue also wrote that Surma is about to change everyone's conception about where to look for music innovation.
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