Desmar Guevara Santiago is a first-rate multi-instrumentalist, Music Educator, Musical Director and Founder of genre-busting jazz ensemble Taller Sicá. In 1987 he attended Berklee College of Music where he studied Jazz Composition and Arrangement under the tutelage of Ken Pulling and Greg Hopkins.
Guevara has over 20 years of experience in live performance and is active in both concert and studiocircuits. He has composed jingles for national-level accounts and has performed and toured extensively throughout Europe and Latin America, as lead pianist, with legendary artists Pleneros De la 21, Song by Four, Celia
Cruz, Tito Nieves, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Louie Ramirez, Paquito
Guzman, Andy Montañez, Conjunto Clasico, Alfredo De La Fe, Ray De La
Paz, Ismael Miranda, Luigie Texidor, Justo Betancourt, Soledad Bravo, Lalo
Rodriguez, Herman Oliveras, Franky Morales, Franky Vazquez, Domingo
Quinones, Papo Pepin, Afromantra, Jose Alberto“El Canario”, Cano
Estremera, Hector Tricoche, and Xiomara Fortuna, among many others.
In addition, Mr. Guevara is the Musical Director of the Award-winning Bronx
based theater ensemble, Pregones Theater. With Pregones Mr. Guevara has
also toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and
South America. He has been pivotal in developing an original musical theater
repertory that employs traditional Afro Puerto Rican instruments in unfamiliar
and highly stylized settings. He is recipient of a 2002 National Theater Artist
Residency Program Award from the Theater Communications Group and the
Pew Charitable Trusts, a 2003 BRIO Award in Composition from the Bronx
Council on The Arts, and a 2004 “Individual Artist Fellow” recipient from
the New York Foundation for the Arts.
2008 Ford Foundation
FY12 SUMMER CREATION FUND AWARDS NPN
Also Desmar has done many workshops on Musical Theater, Bomba, Plena
and Jazz among other styles, through out the United States, Europe and Latin