Gabriel Santiago

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Role: Faculty

Position: Instructor of Music


Born in Brazil, the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award winner, Gabriel Santiago, is a composer, arranger, and acoustic and electric guitar player with 14 albums released. Called by JazzTimes Magazine, “A young master at both the acoustic and electric guitars” and his compositions defined as “stunners,” Santiago holds a Doctoral degree in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, where he won the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award and the 2010 Eleanor A. Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies. His background also features studies with jazz masters Pat Metheny, Adam Rogers, and Maria Schneider. Santiago has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Chris Potter, Stefon Harris, John Clayton, Terence Blanchard, Janek Gwizdala, Carmen Bradford, André Mehmari, Romero Lubambo, Odair Assad, Gilson Peranzzetta, and recording engineer master, Rupert Neve, being invited as the first artist to record with Neve’s line of microphones. Gabriel has been composing for ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to chamber ensembles, big bands to jazz combos, and styles and media including film, TV, and the Internet. His music is fresh and carries influences from Brazilian music to jazz and Classical music.