Dates: 4/8 at Fenix, San Rafael. 4/9 at Club Fox, Redwood City.
Salvador Santana lives with a vast vocabulary of musical genres. The 33 years young keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter began playing the drums at the age of three; while sitting in his father’s lap he’d control the snare and the tom, while his father worked the hi-hat and kick drum. His true love, however, was discovered when he began taking piano lessons at six years old. His multiple musical influences guided him to the heralded Ruth Asawa High School of the Arts and then to California Institute of the Arts as he continued his artistic education. His study, passion, and lineage have turned Santana into a versatile musician, often drawing comparisons to artists such as Common, Macklemore and Ozomatli.
In 2013 Salvador released Rise Up, a six song EP that featured his signature upbeat tempos and encouraging messages strewn throughout. A highlight from the release is the title track, which was featured in the award-winning film, School of My Dreams, a documentary about the Daraja Academy in Kenya, a free all-girls secondary school. In fact, it was a trip to South Africa with Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), and a meeting with President Nelson Mandela, that triggered Salvador to write the positive message and music of “Rise Up.” 2015 brings the full length release of Fantasy Reality featuring 12 tracks that vary in subject matter yet all with the common thread of his conscious and uplifting music at their core.
For the keyboardist, making music is never about personal glory, but about lifting people up with humility, love, and positivity on a daily basis. “The main ingredient to my inspiration and creative drive is joy. I want to use music in a positive way and give back to people in need. There can never be enough people who do that.”
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