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BIOGRAPHY

JOMAR SANTOS
PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN 
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ABOUT ME

Cuatro player Jomar A. Santos Gonzalez is passionate about music and the history and traditions of his home, Puerto Rico. As a member of the band Cultura Pesá, he’s able to harness his two passions and spread a message of hope, history, and Puerto Rican traditions to young people so they can learn more about Puerto Rican culture through music.

Currently a scholarship student at Berklee College of Music, Jomar continues as a member of Cultura Pesá, and is also branching out into producing and directing. Eventually, he hopes to use his entrepreneurial skills to create an online education system that can be used to support and transform musicians and make it easier for them to attain their goals.

Born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Jomar took his first artistic steps in the fourth grade with the bomba dance and fully with the Bomba Group of the María C. Osorio School, directed by professor Isett Andino. At age 11, while still at the Osorio School, he began studies at the Cuatro Puertorriqueño at the Rondalla Prof. Israel Nieves. After several years as a student at the Dr. Francisco López Cruz Foundation, Jomar became a teacher of Cuatro and guitar. Belonging to the Dr. Francisco López Cruz Foundation allowed him to participate in radio, television, and other platforms.

Throughout his life as a musician, Jomar has received many accolades and awards including participating with his teacher Luis Sanz accompanying him, in the Young Cuatristas Contest of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and winning in the 12 to 14 age category. In 2016, he was recognized with the Carmen Ana Pons Castañer Award, and he began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Música de San Juan. While in attendance, he participated in different groups, orchestras, bands, ensembles, and international competitions allowing him to grow as a musician. In 2018 he represented Puerto Rico at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival getting first place in the competition.


2018 was a terrific year for Jomar as he received great opportunities, recognition, and fruits. Among them, he participated with the Bayamón Singers Group, and also in the production Puerto Rico es una Fiesta 3 where he performed in the Cuatro de Puertorriqueño. This was the year he also received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and Culture Pesá was created. The group was born out of the need for young people who want to take Puerto Rican culture to another level and spread the word about the beauty, and historic uniqueness of Puerto Rico and it’s traditions.

Most recently, Jomar was awarded the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc. Scholarship and also received the Ernesto Malavé Scholarship For The Arts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he produced the Cuatro Latino Record Production for the 85th Anniversary of Goya de PR. Among his recent achievements, Jomar created and directed the production of the music video Cultivemos la Cultura for the Cultura Pesá project which currently has more than 10,000 views.

 

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