Sarah Messias Sarmento is a multi-instrumentalist from the city of Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brasil. In 2005 Sarah started to do harmonica lessons with a reputed teacher and a beast on the harmonica, Marcio Maresia.
At eleven years old, she became an endorsee for the Brazilian harmonica brand, Bends. Right after she started her studies on harmonica came also her interest in the Blues, listening to Little Walter, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and many other Blues legends. Much of the knowledge came also from her father, a great expert on history of music.
In 2010, Sarah was invited to participate in the “Blueseiros do Brasil” project, sharing the stage with some of the best Blues players in the country, including Leandro Ferrari, Vasco Faé, Artur Menezes, and Adriano Grineberg, among others.
Sarah was invited to play at the 2013 Lollapalooza Festival in Brasil in 2013.With her dad on drums, her sister on guitar and her friends Vasco Faé on lead guitar and Victor Abla on bass, the band gave a very energetic show at the festival, and were later featured on Globo, the biggest media channel in Brasil, being chosen as both the Best Upcoming Artist and Best Picture of the festival.
In July of 2013, during the 5-Week Program at Berklee, which Sarah was participating on a Full Tuition scholarship, she was awarded another Full-Tuition scholarship., this time to attend Berklee as a Full time student. She started at the college a couple months after, on the Spring of 2014.
Sarah has played with Matthew Stubbs (Charlie Musselwhite), Chris Rivelli (Roomful of Blues), Daru Jones (Jack White), and many other amazing musicians. In 2015, She has also played at Berklee with Big Yuki, and in 2016 Sarah played at the Blue Note in NYC with Brazilian artist, Seu Jorge.
During the winter break of 2015/2016, Sarah, along with Hunter Burgamy, Victor Abla and her father José Alberto, did a tour in Brasil, playing around São Paulo. She has also competed at the 2018 International Blues Challenge and played at the Elvis Week 2017, both events held in Memphis, TN.
For the past year, Sarah has been discovering herself in her playing and singing, as she works on her first album. The idea is to use the harmonica in a completely unorthodox way in order to create something new and different. At her last year at Berklee College of Music, she keeps exploring more and more her creativity, going beyond any barriers that she might encounter.