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Martin Perna

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).

Awards

2020 Grammy nomination Best Global Music album. "Fu Chronicles" - Antibalas


Tags

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

Photos

Albums

Uptown Special

RCA Records
2015

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Antibalas

Anti-
2007

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Talkatif

Ninja Tune
2002

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Dap Dippin with the...

Daptone Records
2002

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