My name is Martín Perna.

My life is messily spread across New York City, the Ridges and Valleys province of Appalachian Pennsylvania and on the road around the US and the world the rest of the time.

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

As of recently, I occasionally do comedy.

I sometimes teach music (workshops, lectures), design curriculum both for the classroom and for online learning.

I am involved in arts activism and creative change. Most recently I went to Capitol Hill (4/2016) with a delegation of musicians and radio station managers to lobby for the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act.

 

People/groups I've worked with in the past 24 months...

Antibalas, Mark Ronson, Greg Phillinganes, Willie Weeks, 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,  Zap Mama, Santigold,  Lorenzo "Jovanotti" Cherubini, The Stepkids, and String Cheese Incident, Sam Moore, Don Bryant, Kenny Loggins, Sarah Dash, Taj and Deva Mahal, Todd Rundgren, Ceelo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Ruthie Foster, Living Colour, and G-Love.

 

Equipment

I play exclusively Bari reeds and use a Bari 110 hard rubber mouthpiece. 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 1910 Buffet / Evette & Schaefer alto saxopohone. I use a Yamaha 281S soprano flute and a DC alto flute. My shekeres are made exclusively by Madeleine Yayodele Nelson (Women of the Calabash).