Barrett Martin

Barrett Martin by Dean Karr


Barrett Martin is an award winning writer and drummer best known for his work in several rock bands from Seattle including Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Tuatara, and Walking Papers. He has traveled the world extensively, holds a masters degree in anthropology & linguistics, and is an adjunct professor in the liberal arts department at Antioch University Seattle. He has played on over 100 albums, and has studied music in West Africa, Latin America, Cuba, Brazil, the Peruvian Amazon, Australia, New Zealand, and Alaska. His academic work has included talks and teaching at New York University, Occidental College, Emory University, the University Of Georgia, the University Of Alaska, and the University Of New Mexico. He is the founder of the record label Sunyata Records, and when he is not on tour or in a classroom, he produces albums that range from indigenous music, to folk, jazz, blues, and of course, rock and roll. He was recently awarded the 2014 ASCAP award for excellence in writing.

A short synopsis of his studies around the world include work with Garifuna drummers in Belize, Wolof drummers in Senegal, Ewe drummers in Ghana, Santeria drummers in Cuba, Candomble drummers in Brazil, the singing Shipibo Shamans of the Peruvian Amazon, Delta Blues musicians, Arabic musicians, Native American musicians, and various recording projects around the world. Over the course of his 25 year career, his music has been featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Spin, Classic Rock, Mojo, Uncut, and numerous other international magazines, newspapers, and websites.

He has recently started writing a music blog for the Huffington Post which can be read here at: The Huffington Post


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Barrett Martin

The Singing Earth

Barrett Martin - The Singing Earth


Book With CD Soundtrack
Release date August 4th 2017

Barrett Martin Group


Barrett Martin Artifact

Float Like A Butterfly


Atlas: Latitudes - Barrett Martin Group

Barrett Martin Group


Barrett Martin Atlas

Overture I: Barbary Coast


Artifact - Barrett Martin Group

Barrett Martin Group


Barrett Martin - Zenga

Mother Of Oceans


Zenga - Barrett Martin

Barrett Martin Group


Barrett Martin - Earthspeaker



Earthspeaker - Barrett Martin

Barrett Martin Group

The Painted Desert

Barrett Martin Group - The Painted Desert

Muhammad Ali


The Painted Desert - Barrett Martin