Santi & Tuğçe
Santi (from Asunción, Paraguay) & Tuğçe (from Istanbul, Turkey) first met in the U.S. in 2007 and have been making music together since. The duo has collaborated on three albums: Cíclico (2014), Songs for Another Day (2015) and El Regreso del Gallito (2016). Their music is eclectic and innovative, with smooth, soulful melodies and rhythms that will lift up your spirits. It is a sonic adventure across the global landscape that takes you all the way from a little town on the coast of the Black Sea to the shores of the Parana River.
Santi (Santiago Ferreira) is a Paraguay-born, US-based musician, producer and software engineer. His passion for music began with recordings. As a kid, Santi would spend hours listening to the radio, record the tunes he liked and make mixtapes. He started recording his own songs at age 12. In high school, he studied with Uruguayan musician Horacio Cordeiro who taught him classical and jazz guitar as well as music theory. After high school, he studied voice, piano, and sound technology at IPAC (Instituto Professional de Artes y Ciencias de la Comunicación) in Asunción, Paraguay. He completed his college degree in music composition, voice, and computer science. Santi’s music draws upon various influences: Afro-Latin Percussion, Western Classical Composition, Jazz Harmonization, and digital sound design.
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Tuğçe grew up with a love for music, especially music performance. Her mother was studying classical Turkish music at a conservatory in Istanbul at the time she was born, so music was a constant part of her life growing up. In primary school, Tuğçe joined the school choir and started singing. She sang in choirs, musicals, and plays all throughout middle and high school. In college, she took courses in voice, ear training, jazz vocals, and West-African drumming, most notably with percussionist Milford Graves and singer & songwriter Sheila Jordan. Tuğçe’s musical interests cross genres and continents. In addition to her all-time favorite jazz, she likes to sing tango, bossa nova, samba, bolero, and folk songs.