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Janaina Sa

  • Country: Brazil

  • Affiliations: DUO SÁ de Percussão


BORN IN: Londrina – Parana

LIVES IN: Rio de Janeiro


BIGGEST INFLUENCEs: Evelyn Glennie, Keiko Abe, Nana Vasconcelos, Pedro Sa, Luiz D’Anunciação, Joe Locke, Stanley Leonard, Peter Sadlo.

FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: The DVD “Floresta do Amazonas”, Villa-Lobos. Recorded by the Petrobras Symphonie Orchestra.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Professor Substitute at Federal University at Rio de Janeiro (2016-2017); DUO SÁ de Percussão; guest percussionists at principal orchestras at Rio de Janeiro

FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: Artisan 16” Medium Light (a2)

Janaína Sá is Professor Substitute at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and also  is an extra regular percussionist of the most important orchestras at Rio de Janeiro (Opes and OSB), participating in all the seasons of these orchestras since 2004, recording CDs and DVDs with them, while also actively participating in the chamber music scenery of Rio de Janeiro.

Master degree in Music at Unirio, perfected herself in the Bayreuth Music Festival, Germany, 2008, and frequently participates in percussion music congresses such as PASIC 2011 and 2014. Frequently is Percussion teacher in musical festivals in Brazil, such as the Londrina International Music Festival, in 2013 and 2015.

​ With DUO SÁ de Percussão played in PASIC 2015, in San Antonio, Texas, the largest and most prestigious percussion event in the world, with great success, receiving high praise from important personalities from the percussion world, like Ney Rosauro, Michael Udow, Stanley Leonard, Joe Locke, Thomas Akins and many others. Currently the DUO is recording a CD with new pieces for percussion duo, all comissioned and written for the DUO, contributing to the constant growth and evolution of the contemporary percussion duo repertoire. 

The DUO SÁ always plays in the best contemporary festivals in Brazil, making several premieres every year, since 2005, like Biennial of Brazilian Contemporary Music, international festivals of percussion like PAS Brazil Chapter in Campinas, International Percussion Festival in Tatuí, UFF (Niterói, Rio de Janeiro), chamber music projects of the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra and the DUO recorded a concert – interview for the largest chamber music program of Brazilian television, Partituras, of the TV-Brasil.

​Janaína proudly uses Black Swamp Percussion instruments, Sabian Cymbals and Encore Mallets, Inc. in all of his musical projects and performances.

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