guitar, voice | Brazil
The Brazilian guitar player Pedro Martins is one of the most promising musicians of the new generation. In his latest musical endeavor – the album VOX – the Brasília-born artist dreams up a jazz fusion sound infused with deep Brazilian background elements and rock/pop sensibilities. Since 2017, Pedro Martins has toured as a featured member of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Caipi Band. In 2017, Heartcore Records – the independent label created by Kurt Rosenwinkel – released their first album. Accompanying Rosenwinkel are international artists of undeniable quality such as saxophonist Mark Turner and rock/blues guitarist Eric Clapton. The album has received universal praise from critics and audiences alike. Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton invited the band to open his 2021 European Tour. Already in September 2019, Caipi and the duo of Pedro Martins & Daniel Santiago recieved an invitation to perform at the Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas (USA), marking the first Brazilian appearance at the event.
In addition to these projects, Pedro Martins has worked with a number of great jazz musicians including recordings and concerts with Michael Pipoquinha, Jacob Collier, Knower, Genevieve Artadi (expensive magnets), Scott Kinsey, Thundercat, Al Jarreau, Toninho Horta and Hamilton de Holanda.
With his own release VOX, published in 2019 on Kurt Rosenwinkel's label "Heartcore Records", Pedro Martins eventually earns the recognition he deserves as a bandleader. The involvement of Brad Mehldau and Chris Potter supports Martin's standing as a jazz-artist in the scene. His music sounds refreshing and honest. Doesn’t pretend to be anything else but what it is. Music to get lost in. Despite melancholy and drama, a dominating lightness remains. The art of songwriting is served as well as virtuosity and the right amount of edge.Vox features Martin’s prolific multi instrumental capacities; On this record he plays guitar, piano/synths, bass, drums, percussion, flute and sings in a beautiful seraphic falsetto. He is also the principle composer, arranger, and wrote most of the lyrics on the record. All together, VOX is a deeply personal and complex journey where the listener is invited to join Martins in his wonderful world of sound and story. “This album is like a book of stories that happened in my life, and what you can hear there is actually my inner voice narrating those stories through the medium of music” says Pedro Martins.
Renato Galvão (drums), Frederico Heliodoro (bass/vocals), Antonio Loureiro (drums/percussion, keys and vocals.), Pedro Martins (guitar, voice), Felipe Viegas (keys and guitar)