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My name is Martín Perna.

I am a creative producer in Berkeley, California. and on the road the rest of the time.

Since 1995, I have worked professionally as a musician, musical director and film composer. I perform and record music with a lot of people that maybe you know and many that you might not.

2020 Grammy-nominated Best Global Music Album - “Fu Chronicles” by Antibalas (Daptone Records). (Co-producer, performance).

People/groups I've worked with recently: Antibalas, Jose James, Nona Hendryx, Bettyle Lavette, Alice Russell, Mark Ronson, Greg Phillinganes, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Ledisi, Angélique Kidjo, Anthony Hamilton, Gregory Porter, Valerie Simpson, Ed Sheeran, The Roots, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Brian Jackson, Steven Bernstein, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Saul Williams, Miguel Zenón, John Medeski, Ana-Maurine Lara, Karim Lopez, Mike Tyner, Zap Mama, Santigold, Lorenzo “Jovanotti” Cherubini, The Stepkids, and many others.

I play exclusively Bari reeds and use SYOS mouthpieces. My main horn is a 1961 Selmer Mark VI (Low A). I also play a 1956 Martin “The Martin” Tenor, a 1953 Martin “The Martin” baritone saxophone (Low Bb) and a 1961 King Zephyr alto. I use a Yamaha 281S soprano flute. My shekeres are made exclusively by Madeleine Yayodele Nelson (Women of the Calabash) (RIP).


Ronnie Cuber Ronnie Cuber
saxophone, baritone
Gato Barbieri Gato Barbieri
Pharoah Sanders Pharoah Sanders
saxophone, tenor
Gabor Szabo Gabor Szabo
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
saxophone, tenor
Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
Pat Patrick Pat Patrick
saxophone, baritone
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Mario Rivera Mario Rivera



Album Uptown Special by Martin Perna

Uptown Special

RCA Records

Album Antibalas by Martin Perna



Album Talkatif by Martin Perna


Ninja Tune


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