John Santos
Composer & Percussionist
Oakland, CA
2007 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros.

Four-time Grammy-nominated percussionist, composer, and producer John Santos explores new combinations of Afro-Latin music. His compositions and performances stir the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and more into an energetic musical experience. His sense of history, community, and tradition fills his music with the universal spirit of humankind.
  • Photo courtesy Tom Ehrlich