Pedro Martins

guitar, voice | Brazil

Brasília guitarist Pedro Martins is one of the most promising musicians of the new generation. In his latest musical endeavor – the album VOX – the 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

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.

"Martins hides an ocean of intricacies that can be explored over and over again."
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Pedro Martins combines the influences of two music metropolises > the groove, vibe, and sentiment of his native Brasilia. And the multi-layered inspirations of the melting pot Los Angeles - his adopted home. What emerges is a world jazz sound with pop appeal, whose virtuosity lies particularly in its charm and lightness.

In addition to his own projects, Pedro Martins has gained international attention through close collaboration with two of the greatest guitar heroes of our time > blues-rock icon Eric Clapton, and jazz virtuoso Kurt Rosenwinkel in his "Capi" band. And the prominence and range of his other collaborations is also impressive - from cross-genre greats like Jacob Collier, Knower, Genevieve Artadi and Thundercat, to jazz icons like Al Jarreau, Mark Turner, or Scott Kinsey, to world musicians like Toninho Horta, Hamilton de Holanda or Michael Pipoquinha. All appreciate Martin's touch, sensitivity, and musical personality,

With "VOX", his debut album released in 2019 on Kurt Rosenwinkel's label Heartcore, multi-instrumentalist Martins earned his first own international recognition as a leader. The album captivates with a refreshing blend of jazz and Brazilian vibes. And the lightness so characteristic of Martis.

Pedro Martin's focus for 2023 is on his new quartet, which he will essentially form with his musical companion Chris Fishman. The album will be finished in November and released on Heartcore Records in early February 2023.

"Martins hides an ocean of intricacies that can be explored over and over again."
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Justin Brown (drums), Chris Fishman (multidisciplinary pianist, composer, producer, sound designer), Daryl Johns (bass), Pedro Martins (guitar, voice)

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

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.

"Martins hides an ocean of intricacies that can be explored over and over again."
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Photo credit: Studio Tertulia

Pedro Martins (guitar, voice)

Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins have been performing for several years, with Santiago playing acoustic guitar and Martins electric guitar with the addition of mesmerizing wordless vocals. The result is a delightful set of interaction between acoustic and electric guitars. The captivating music contains jazz, classical and Brazilian traditional music elements. Daniel Santiago is a composer, guitarist and music producer who for the past 20 years has been an active and key contributor to the Brazilian and world music scenes. Rock/blues guitarist Eric Clapton invited the duo to be part of his Crossroads Guitar Festival in September 2019 in Dallas (USA), marking the first Brazilian appearance at the event.

"Songs simply flower under the light of the synergistic spells cast by Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins."
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Pedro Martins (guitar, voice), Daniel Santiago (guitar)

In 2016 Kurt Rosenwinkel founded the independent music label Heartcore Records in Berlin, on which his eleventh self-produced album "Caipi" was released in 2017. Jazz guitar virtuoso Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Caipi band is a celebration of Brazilian music that has been a decade in the making. In this band, the artist not only plays but also sings for the first time. At his side, a fantastic team of musicians, amongst them, another super-talent on the guitar, Pedro Martins. Rosenwinkel met the Brazilian-born Pedro Martins at the 2015 Montreux Jazz Competition, where the younger musician was crowned best electric-guitar player. Kurt Rosenwinkel and Pedro Martins have been touring all over the world together. In September 2019, the band performed at Eric Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festival. Caipi can be intoxicating - and not just the drink. During fall 2021, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Pedro Martins have performed with the DR Bigband in Denmark.

"Rosenwinkel has produced, almost single-handedly, a staggeringly good album of heart-warming, memorable tunes."
ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Andi Haberl (drums), Pedro Martins (guitar, voice), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Olivia Trummer (piano, voice), Doug Weiss (electric bass)

03.02.2023 US - Miami // GroundUP Music Festival Kurt Rosenwinkel CAIPI