My Bio

Lisette Santiago is a percussionist, vocalist and composer from Brooklyn, NY.  At age nine, Lisette was accepted into The Metropolitan Children's Opera and  later received both classical and jazz vocal training at LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Columbia University's program with The Juilliard School.

Versed  in Latin percussion, Lisette was first recognized as one of  a handful of female Batá players in the U.S.- studying  and performing with Cuban legends such as Amelia Pedroso, Pancho Quinto and  Jose Luis "Chanquito" Quintana.  Lisette also thrived in New York City's Brazilian music scene. As a band member of "Beat the Donkey,"  Lisette performed  with award winning, Brazilian musicians Cyro Baptista and Romero Lubambo.

Lisette has recorded and performed with artists Cyro Baptista, Jeremy Pelt, Ron Carter, Billy Drummond, Lizz Wright, Mike Moreno, Bill Cole, Warren Smith, Alex Blake,  Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest), Vernon Reid, Trey Anastasio, and Ricky Martin.  She has played throughout the US and Europe and in notable venues such as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola: Jazz at Lincoln Center.

On the screen, Lisette can be heard singing on an episode of the National Geographic animation series "Mama Mirabelle," and can be seen playing the role of a wedding musician in Jonathan Demme's film "Rachel Getting Married," featuring Anne Hathaway.

Along with her performance and teaching schedule, Lisette is currently composing, writing and creating percussive instruments. She also runs a company,  "Music Across Bridges," that focuses on world music education.


Upcoming Shows

  1. 26 APR
    A Female Force: Ana Mendieta @ de LA Cruz Collection Miami, FL 33137

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    Miami, Fl
  2. 29 APR
    in Her VOICE @ The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage

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    Washinton D.C.
  3. 5 MAY
    [email protected] Ohio Theater

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    Cleveland Ohio
  4. 25-30 JUN APR
    Asheville Percussion Festival

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    Asheville N.C.
  5. Aug 11-19
    Demon Fruit Blues Residency- Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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    Chicago, Illinois