SUSANA ABREU WILLIAMS
Susana Williams is a musician, producer and composer based out of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. Her musical career began in Caracas, Venezuela at the age of 13 as the lead singer for a local band, singing everything from folk music to rock and roll while writing her own music and learning to play drums, congas and guitar. By the time she was 15, Susana had won best singer at The Festival of New Music in Caracas, had earned a scholarship to the Roland Learning Centre of Music and was playing local nightclubs four nights a week. By 22 she had one of the hottest acts in the Caracas nightlife, with people lining up around the block to watch her perform her unique mix of Latin and Anglo pop and rock. In the meantime she also did back up vocals for famous Latin singers like Venezuelan artists Frank Quintero and Kiara and collaborations with Pedro Castillo (Airo Music).
In 1998 Susana left Venezuela and immigrated to Canada. As a vocalist and percussionist, her credits include several Vancouver International Jazz Festivals, the Victoria Jazz Festival, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. She has shared the stage with internationally award-winning artists Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Johnny Rivera, Adonis Puente and Alex Cuba. She has also released her solo CDs “Latin Roots” (2004), “Dejame Contarte” (EP, 2020), and “We’re a Memory” (2021).
Susana can be regularly seen performing in and around British Columbia with the largest Latin-Jazz music orchestra in western Canada, Goma Dura, with the legendary Latin band Rumba Calzada and as a solo artist. She is also the Musical Director of “Raices y Alas Flamenco” the avant-guard experimental flamenco company based in Vancouver, B.C and a film and TV composer for Melodie (Australia).