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Richard Martins - Spanish & Brazilian Guitarist
Versatile solo guitarist with extensive repertoire spanning Classical, Spanish, Brazilian and Jazz genres. Ideal guitar music for any occasion!
This Brighton based guitarist has plays professionally all over the UK and abroad. Extensive travel overseas opened his eyes and ears to the musical possibilities for live performances.
A trained classical guitarist, he honed his flamenco skills in Spain enabling him to accompany dancers using the complex flamenco rhythms. His interest in different musical styles led him to study to gain a diploma in World Music and then a further diploma in Jazz studies.
A flare for Latin music and jazz led him to focus on Latin Jazz incorporating vibrant Brazilian rhythms with the advanced harmonies and improvisations of jazz. His guitar influences include Baden Powell, Joe Pass, Sylvain Luc, Julian Bream and John Williams.
As well as performing abroad and all over the UK, he is immersed in the thriving music scene in Brighton and performs regularly in a variety of venues (and Radio including BBC) and has been in demand at international Jazz festivals both solo and with many bands and ensembles.
His classical set incorporates a large repertoire of Spanish pieces such as "Recuerdos de La Alhambra" and South American pieces. A selection of Argentinean folkloric compositions are performed including Chacareras, Gatos, Chamames and Milongas through to Brazilian Choros and Sambas and Venezuelan Waltzes.
He has a huge Jazz repertoire incorporating many of the standards by composers such as Gershwin, Porter et al. All the Boss Nova and Samba classics are also included by composers such as Jobim. Jazzwise magazine has stated in reviews that "he beautifully updated the Laurindo Almedia nylon-strung guitar style!"
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