Lisette Santiago


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 joint 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 musician Cyro Baptista.

Lisette has recorded and performed with artists Cyro Baptista, Jeremy Pelt, Ron Carter, Billy Drummond, 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 and The
Kennedy Center. On the screen, Lisette can be heard singing on 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 schedule, Lisette is currently composing and leading her projects, “Areyto” and “in her Voice”- debuting at The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center.

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