Valentin Santana Bio

Family

 -Mother (Alison Carey) was a Jazz Singer

-Father Xylophone, Marimba and guitar player

-God Father is Richie Cole (Legendary Sax Artist)

-Grandfather Esteemed local activist, artist and restaurateur

-Grandmother Hollywood Actress( Pollyanna, Green Acres, Something Wicked this way comes)

 

Education

 

  • Suzuki Method,

  • Private, group and master lessons my whole life

  • Youth chamber ensembles

  • Youth orchestra

  • Four years attended Camp Encore/Coda

  • Two year attended New England Music Camp

  • Years of percussion, hand drum and drum set private lessons

  • Two years steel drum and calypso

  • High school orchestra, chamber and musical play production pit performance

  • Two years high school drum line

  • Four Years high school Jazz ensemble

  • Two years College level orchestra, chamber, jazz improv. & composition, theory and music production/recording

  • Years of private lessons/workshops in synthesizing, sampling and analog beat machines

 

Timeline

 

  • Age 5 Grandma bought me violin

  • Ages 6-12 Continual private violin lessons, music camps, orchestras, master classes, jazz combos and chamber music

  • Age 13 Mom inspired me to get a drum set

  • Age 14-18 Continued scholastic and private lessons involving violin, voice and percussion. Participated in various groups from a 20 person calypso/ steeldrum group “Planet Pan” and a 9 piece ska band “Trippin SKArlo” to a west African drum ensemble and graduating as concert master of my high school orchestra.

  • Age 19-21 Focused mainly on infiltrating the modern day electronic music scene with my eclectic and traditional upbringing and style in a group called “Dissølv” ; a live edm band featuring electric drum, violin and guitar fuse with high quality production, synths, cotrollers and vocals. Performed at venues such as The Warfield, The Fillmore and Opulent Temple (Burning Man) Shared the stage with artists such as Eoto, Infected Mushroom and Shpongle

 

  • Present day Co-Owner of Jardines Mexican Restaurant and Manuel Santana Collection, working to complete masters in music performance and active in collaborations in live performance, recording and solo production singing/songwriting

 

Gear

 

  • Electric John Jordon Holoflash Violin

  • Signature Jay Haide à l'ancienne European wood acoustic violin

  • California Blonde Amplifier

  • Boss ME-70 Multi Effects Controller