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Santi & Tuğçe

Santi & Tuğçe’s music is eclectic and innovative, with smooth, soulful melodies set to Global, Afro-Latin and Electronic dance floor rhythms. It is a sonic adventure that takes you all the way from a little town on the coast of the Black Sea to the shores of the Parana River. As Sounds and Colours magazine describes it, “it is a deeply sensual experience, one that is felt beyond the mind, and eyes; it playfully leaves you with a sense of the inexplicable, and fills you with wonder”. Santi (from Asunción, Paraguay) & Tuğçe (from Istanbul, Turkey) have performed live in the US, Brazil, Costa Rica and Paraguay, and collaborated on three albums: Cíclico (2014), Songs for Another Day (2015), and El Regreso del Gallito (2016). Their latest album was released by Frente Bolivarista in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received wide critical acclaim. Thump Vice Brazil noted that with El Regreso del Gallito, “Santi & Tuğçe rewrote Paraguayan folklore” and Red Bull Music Academy Panamérika lauded it as a great production. Currently residing in the U.S., Santi & Tuğçe have a new album planned for 2017.


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 (Tuğçe Kurtiş) grew up with a love for music, especially music performance. At age 6, she joined the school choir and started singing. Since then, she performed in countless occasions in Turkey, the US, Brazil, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Tuğçe studied voice, ear training, jazz vocals, and West-African drumming with percussionist Milford Graves and singer & songwriter Sheila Jordan among others. Various listeners have remarked that her voice is “ethereal”, “something ancient, calling from the primeval darkness of fairytale.” Tuğçe’s musical interests cross genres and continents. In addition to singing and recording in multiple languages, Tuğçe collaborates with Santi in song-writing and musical production. As the founder of the Kybele project, she develops opportunities for greater collaboration and broader inclusion of artists from around the world.

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