February's Artist of the Month: Marcus Santos
The Brazilian native and Somerville resident has performed for the president of Brazil, played at Carnegie Hall and traveled the world with his music.
The Somerville Arts Council has announced its February artist of the month: Precussionist Marcus Santos.
Here's what the Arts Council says about Santos:
A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus Santos is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown’s Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. Marcus performed for the president of Brazil, TEDx and with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. He has been honored with the Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music in 2004. Marcus has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for social change in universities and conventions around the world such as Carnegie Hall, PASIC and Harvard. He’s currently the director of the Grooversity network project, and artistically directs eleven drumming groups in the US, Canada and Italy.