Saturday, June 29
Javeriana Jazz Ensemble with the flamenco percussionist Sergio Martínez
- Location: Museo Nacional de Colombia (Cra. 7a #28-66)
- Time: 12:30 pm
- Price: Free
Sergio started playing percussion at 15 years old. He took private lessons with Paco de Lucía's percussionist, Rubem Dantas, and Afro-Latin percussion with Rogerio da Souza and Luisito Dulzaides. He made courses in Indian percussion with Ramesh Sotham and studied percussion and drums at the Taller de Músicos, where he was part of the Big Band of Latin Jazz, directed by the Cuban guitarist Kotan. He completed studies with four years of classical percussion at the Federico Moreno Torroba Conservatory in Madrid. He developed an interest in flamenco music and began his professional career at the age of 19, accompanying the best flamenco artists on tour and playing in some of the most important theaters: the Paris Opera, the Sydney Opera House or the New York City Hall , the Real Madrid Theater, among other scenarios.
He has recorded and played for artists such as Enrique Morente, José Merce, Diego el Cigala, Jorge Pardo, Jorge Drexler, Rubén Blades, among many others, and has accompanied some of the most important flamenco dancers of the moment, such as Antonio Canales, Juana Amaya and Rocío Molina. Also, he composed and played music for the National Ballet of Spain. Sergio Martínez had a career in international tour of first level artists for thirteen years. He was a member of the Money Jungle band of Terri Lyne Carrington, awarded with a Grammy, with this group he played in important clubs such as Dizzie's NYC and important jazz festivals. He also collaborated in concerts with his mentors in the bgji program, such as Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jhon Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, George Garzone, Terri Lyne Carrington or Jamey Haddad. His knowledge of the flamenco tradition has led him to record and perform with singers such as Paul Simon, on his latest album Stranger to Stranger, and to work for the best producers, such as Phil Ramone.