Lisette is a multi-instrumentalist, who started singing at the age of four and was accepted into the Children's Metropolitan Opera company at age nine. Lisette graduated from Fiorello LaGuardia H.S. of Music and the Performing Arts and later, while at Columbia University, received vocal training as part of a joint Juilliard program. Born and raised in a Puerto-Rican household in Brooklyn, NY, her primary musical experience was rooted in Latin music. She studied hand percussion and the drum kit. Throughout the years, she has specialized in Afro-Cuban percussion, such as batá and congas. She studied and performed with great masters in Cuba and NYC such as Orlando Fiol, Pancho Quinto, Changuito and Amelia Pedroso. Lisette has recorded and performed with artists such as Q-Tip, The Jungle Brothers, The Stereo MCs, Itaal Shur (Grammy Award winning songwriter), Richard Bona, Matthew Garrison and Ricky Martin. On the screen, Lisette can be heard in an episode of the National Geographic animation series, "Mama Mirabelle" and can be seen playing the role of a wedding musician in director Jonathan Demme's latest movie "Rachel is Getting Married," featuring Anne Hathaway. Lisette performs with bands in a wide range of musical styles. She is a singer, percussionist and thereminist in the popular group Cyro Baptista's: Beat the Donkey, led by the Grammy Award winner, Cyro Baptista. Lisette teaches percussion and chorus in New York City schools and participates in music workshops throughout the country. Privately, she teaches voice, batá, congas and drums.
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