In a career that already spans nearly 40 years, Bay Area percussionist John Santos has played many roles, including performer, bandleader, composer, producer and teacher. The elegant Filosofía Caribeña, Vol. 1 offers a glimpse into an ambitious multi-disciplinary performance project about the relationship between the African-American and Afro-Latin cultures. Playing them off each other naturally invites reflection into some of the issues connecting and separating these communities, one of the objectives of the larger project.
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