Lucas Artists Fellow


  • RESIDENCY DATES : Apr 18th 2018 to Apr 30th 2018 | to
  • FROM : Mexico

Felipe Pérez Santiago is an internationally acclaimed Mexican/Dutch composer, arranger, guitarist, conductor, and sound artist who enjoys a tremendously varied musical career. 

In addition to some long-running high-profile collaborations (including one with the Kronos Quartet), he has composed for film, conducted several orchestras, and much more. He has received several prestigious prizes and awards in Europe, United States and Latin America, including numerous accolades for his work on the orchestral arrangement and music direction of the platinum album Rock en tu Idioma Sinfónico. Felipe’s music has been performed and commissioned by such internationally renowned orchestras and ensembles  as the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Chamber Choir, the Choir of Madrid, the Cello Octet “Conjunto Iberico,” the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, among many others. His compositions are included in over 10 discographic productions and in 2010 he became part of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico where in 2013 he was selected as an honorary member. In 2014 the online tourist guide MXCity identified Felipe as one of seven of the most important contemporary Mexican artists (he was the only musician listed). In 2017 he was selected, alongside two other artists, to represent Mexico in Johnnie Walker’s global marketing campaign, Keep Walking. Felipe is also the founder and artistic director of the MalAkh Ensemble, a collective who combine contemporary music with rock, free jazz, improvisation, folklore, with electronic music and multimedia.

Felipe has been selected as a SETI Institute Artist in Residence and is in the early stages of developing a new ambitious live musical project Earthling, in conjunction with the SETI Institute.  The work will involve gathering language and song recordings from around the world through an open call. Those recordings will be mixed and merged live, with performances by a wide range of musicians.  Felipe will be working closely with the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, an acclaimed quartet who play a vast and unique collection of percussion instruments. 

Felipe’s residency at the Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo Arts Center is supported by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose.