Born: April 14, 1967 Primary Instrument: Drums
Barrett Martin is an American drummer and composer who played with several prominent rock and jazz groups during the alternative music explosion of the 1990's, including Skin Yard, The Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara and REM. He was also a session musician in Los Angeles and has played on or produced over 50 albums to date, including solo albums and numerous film soundtracks. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in anthropology and music and is an adjunct faculty member in music at the University Of New Mexico, Santa Fe. He has traveled the world extensively, doing musical research and ethnomusicology projects in several different cultures, including the Garifuna drummers of Belize, Wolof drummers of Senegal, Ewe drummers of Ghana, Santeria drum priests of Cuba, Candomble drum priests of Brazil, the singing Shipibo shamans of the Peruvian Amazon, and other recording projects in Australia, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. In 2002 he founded the world music label, Fast Horse Recordings, which focuses on World Music, Jazz and Fusion hybrids of experimental forms. Barrett is also an ordained Zen priest in the Soto tradition, and he has been interviewed by such media outlets as NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Rolling Stone, Spin, and many other magazines, newspapers, and Internet websites.
Screaming Trees, Last Words: The Final Recordings (Sunyata Records, 2011)
Mad Season, Above (Columbia, 1994)
Screaming Trees, Sweet Oblivion (Epic, 1992)
Skin Yard, 1000 Smiling Knuckles (SST/Cruz, 1991)
Thin Men, A Round Hear (Ensign, 1989)
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Santa Fe, NM
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
University Of New Mexico, adjunct faculty in music dept.