CARLOS SANTANA – Winner of 2010 Mayor’s Art Award

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The 2010 Mayor’s Art Award will be presented by Mayor Gavin Newsom to legendary musician Carlos Santana on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at a private event in the Green Room at the War Memorial Veterans Building hosted by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

“Carlos Santana is without a doubt one of San Francisco’s most beloved icons,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “When he burst onto the scene with his extraordinary new sound he solidified San Francisco’s position as one of the main stages in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. His music transcends not only musical genres, but also cultural, geographical and political boundaries, and he has brought millions of people together through his art. He is also an artist who gives back to his community. It is my great honor to present the 2010 Mayor’s Art Award to Carlos Santana for his commitment to improving the lives of others and for his tremendous contributions to music.”

“I am honored to be given this wonderful award from the city that helped launch my life as a musician. I am proud to get it from the city of San Francisco, which will always be my home,” Carlos Santana said.

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CARLOS SANTANA

“Mayor Newsom has always been a steadfast champion of the arts,” said P.J. Johnston, president of the San Francisco Arts Commission. “His choice to honor Carlos Santana reminds us that San Francisco has long been a launching pad for some of the world’s most important and influential artists. Since the 1960s, Carlos Santana’s unique sound, with its blend of Afro-Latin and blues, has pushed the boundaries of rock ‘n’ roll and he continues to influence new generations of artists today. It is a wonderful honor for us to have the opportunity to celebrate and recognize such an artist.”

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SANTANA, “Soul Sacrifice” – Woodstock, 1969

“Carlos Santana is a San Francisco legend and, certainly, one of the greatest guitarists of all times,” stated Luis R. Cancel, director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission. “In addition to being a pioneering artist, Carlos, through his Milagro Foundation, has helped thousands of underserved children and youth around the Bay Area live better lives. We are thrilled that he could be here to accept this City’s most distinguished arts award and to help us honor the artists who, with the support of the San Francisco Arts Commission, have realized their dreams and have helped make San Francisco a world-class creative city.”

Over 400 invitees are expected at the event, many of whom are artists who have received grants, commissions, exhibitions and awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission and/or exhibited work at the SFAC Gallery in 2009, along with arts community leaders, prominent arts patrons, and city department officials. Attendees will enjoy a live performance by critically-acclaimed local musician Martin Luther McCoy who also starred in Julie Taymor’s Beatles music film “Across the Universe” and Futuro Picante, a youth Latin Jazz ensemble lead by the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts Music Director Jose Leon. Past recipients of the Mayor’s Art Award have included such cultural luminaries as world-renowned contemporary artist Ruth Asawa (2007) and visionary choreographer and Artistic Director of LINES Ballet Alonzo King (2008).

ABOUT CARLOS SANTANA
The sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar. For more than four decades – from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco – Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres, generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana’s ever-evolving sound has always been ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century’s pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.

Carlos Santana’s current project is Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits, a musical retrospective created in partnership with AEG Live exclusively for the new Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Santana will be the first act to hold a residency at the spectacular, newly-expanded venue, and the band will perform 72 times at the Joint over the course of 2009 and 2010. The show, debuting in May ’09, includes Santana numbers ranging from “Jingo” — the group’s first-ever charting single — and early classics including “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va” through the Supernatural “Smooth” years and the group’s most recent hit, 2008′s “Into the Night.”
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Carlos’ influence and idealism is also felt in the groundbreaking new project Architects of a New Dawn , a multi-platform media enterprise and social network designed to empower like-minded people from all walks of life to create positive change in the global community. The project grew out of a vision Carlos has been developing for almost 20 years to engage his worldwide audience with extraordinary music, progressive media content and transformational ideas. It is all in the service of building — architecting — a new reality for the planet based on inspiration, creativity, love and forgiveness.

Santana’s star arrived in the era-defining late ’60s San Francisco Bay area music scene with historic shows at the Fillmore and other venues. They emerged onto the global stage with an epic set at Woodstock ’69, the same year that their self-titled debut LP came out. Introducing Santana’s first Top 10 hit, ”Evil Ways”, the disc stayed on Billboard’s album chart for two years, and was soon followed by two more classics — and Billboard #1 albums — Abraxas and Santana III.

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As profound as his artistic legacy is Carlos’ dedication to humanitarian work. His Milagro Foundation, originally established by Carlos and Deborah Santana in 1998, has granted more than three million dollars to non-profit programs supporting underserved children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. Milagro means “miracle,” and the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope — as gifts to our lives — is the inspiration behind its name.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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