John Santos


Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Larry Reed, artistic director of ShadowLight Productions, which has been making shadow theater for over three decades in the Bay and all over the world.

You may not know this song, but you know the percussionist — he’s John Santos, who provides the Crosscurrents theme music.

John Santos is a five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist in the Afro-Latin tradition. He’s a San Francisco native, who chose to explore his family’s roots in Puerto Rico and Cape Verdean Islands through his music. His career as an educator, composer, writer, and performer spans 35 years.

When it comes to exploring how Latinos have influenced American music, he first asks us to consider how we use the word “American.”

Today's Local Music: John Santos

Mar 20, 2013

The rhythms of today's local music may be Latin, but they come from an ensemble headed by Bay Area native John Santos. Santos is Resident Artistic Director for four performances at the new SFJazz Center this weekend, and will be performing himself on Saturday, March 23, starting at 7:30pm.