Sound Culture Presents: Papo Santiago and Orquesta Infraverde CD Release Party
Papo Santiago started his musical journey in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the birthplace of some of the most celebrated musicians in Latin music history. Santiago pursued a degree in music at Universidad Interamericana, San German, Puerto Rico. Before completing his studies, he was recruited to play baritone sax with “La Terrifica”, who spun off from “La Sonora Poncena” in the early 70′s and paved the way for Santiago’s incursion into the world of salsa.
Papo Santiago’s sonero attributes are founded in the legacies of Ismael Rivera, Luigi Texidor, Marvin Santiago, Isaac Delgado, and “El Tiburon” Morales. In his improvisations, he combines street-wise sense of humor with a unique approach to rhythm and swing. Santiago stands as an icon of the harmonious fusion of classic influences with the most innovative trends in tropical music.
Santiago’ newest project is the culmination of a life dedicated to the integrity of progressive musicianship and the preservation of the sonero tradition. His copy written songs not only demonstrate his ability to sing and play numerous instruments, but also compose.