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Sky View Studio with Edwin Santiago

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Staten Island musician Edwin “Pupa” Santiago has been playing in the New York City area since arriving in 1970 when he gathered a group of musicians under the name A Band Called Losiada. Since then he has played in many bands and now operates Sky View Studio in St. George.

Santiago will celebrate his 60th birthday on August 1st, 2015 at Alor Café, 2110 Richmond Road, playing guitar with his current band, Five Myles Utopia.  The band also features James Ceribello on vocals, JoAnn Aliseo on drums and their new bass player, Moby Medina.   Other local musicians are expected to join in the jam. Call Alor Café for details at (718) 351-1101.  You can learn more about Santiago at the Pupa Santiago Official Website.

Life-Wire News Service interviewed Santiago in his studio about his music, including his current band. Five Myles Utopia.  Please enjoy and share our video.

– Anthony Pabon and Eddy Gregory for Life-Wire News Service

Small Island, Big Dreams – the Music of Karlus Trapp

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One small place that is known for making people’s big dreams come true is a little island called Manhattan. Right across the water from Manhattan is yet another little island called Staten, where people’s dreams also come true. One dreamer who comes from Staten Island is Karlus Trapp.

Trapp recently visited the radio station of Lifestyles for the Disabled for an interview and a performance.  This recording includes the radio premiere of his song “Island Boy,” which talks about growing up on Staten Island and people’s assumptions. Trapp started his musical career at the early age of five, when he started taking piano lessons. Since then, his love of music had continued to grow.  By the age of eleven, he and his friends had started to teach themselves how to play the guitar. Now Trapp plays both the acoustic and amplified guitar. Describing his style, he says, “It’s Karlus Trapp music. I’m influenced by the music of Kansas City and California and England, Motown, the Beatles, New Orleans, rock and roll, jazz from the 30’s, so my music can’t be classified.”

Today, Trapp plays his music around the Island and the New York City area. He can be seen performing at Staten Island’s Burrito Bar and Bayou Restaurant as well as at many local events, including weddings, festivals, and other parties.  You can find more information on Trapp online at www.Karlustrapp.com. Listen to Trapp’s interview at the Lifestyles Audio Vault on SoundCloud.  

– Gregory Perosi with Teresa Cannon for Life-Wire News Service