Luz Carime Santa-Coloma
Raised in West Palm Beach, Luz Carime Santa-Coloma began studying music at the age of seven, beginning with classical piano and leading into classical percussion and guitar. She received a B.M. from New York University, Steinhardt in Percussion Performance. She has studied classical percussion with Jonathan Haas, Sean Statser, Simon Boyar, and James Saporito. Carime mainly focuses on chamber music, West African percussion with Valerie Naranjo, and steel pan with Josh Quillen.
Carime has participated in a few summer festivals, including the NYU Broadway Percussion seminar in 2014, where she had the privilege to study under Joe Passaro, Ben Herman, and Javier Diaz. She has also participated in the 2015 Sō Percussion Summer Institute, where she had the opportunity to be coached by the members of Sō Percussion and work with Princeton Composer Wally Gunn. Her recent performance highlights include There Might Be Others alongside Mobius Percussion under Dan Trueman and Rebecca Lazier, and A Gun Show with Sō Percussion, Emily Johnson, and Ain Gordon.
Since the Summer of 2014, Carime has participated in the Brooklyn Panorama Festival, part of the West Indian Day Carnival, with Crossfire Steel Orchestra, playing hit soca tunes arranged into a panorama by Princeton composer Kendall Williams. In August of 2015, Carime had the opportunity to join the Brooklyn Steel Orchestra (BSO) on a journey to Trinidad & Tobago to compete in the first ever International Conference and Panorama, where BSO placed 4th as the highest ranking international band and tied alongside the renowned Phase II, directed by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. This past Spring, Carime was featured and interviewed in a When Steel Talks article celebrating Women and the Steelpan Art Form.
Carime is also in a collaborative arts duo with fellow musician Sarah Bennett. Together they play both standard percussion repertoire and original compositions that incorporate world percussion, piano, guitar, and vocals. They have a vision to combine dance and live music, and have begun working to establish a collective with young dancers and choreographers in the NYC area.