Martin Batista's BIO

Martin's Discography includes recording with Junglez Apart
He also has recorded on various records for local acts in LA and the Bay Area.
He was also a member of the Bay Area rock-funk-metal band the Shadow Puppets where he played keyboards as well as keyboard bass along side Guitarist extraordinaire; Marzuki Grinage. Martin also did some world tours and recordings with Bob Marley's Wailers. Within the many world tours, Martin got to open up for James Brown, David Sanborn, Santana,
Andre Belew, Angela Bofil, The Rippingtons, Brian Adams, and much more.

Martin Batista was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to New York City with his parents at the tender age of three. He comes from a musical family, his father is a percussionist, his mother sings and one sister plays violin and the other sings and plays piano,along with having 2 multi-instrumentalist uncles.
Martin Started playing accordion at age 3 and was playing guitar when he was 9 but switched over to piano at 10 years old and has been playing ever since. Growing up in Queens New York he was exposed to diverse Musical genres such as Latin, Funk, Disco, Rock, Classical, Jazz, Fusion, and WorldBeat Styles.
He gained experience playing such diverse styles with local bands throughout Manhattan, Queens and New Jersey, also performing at Music and Art High School with a Jazz Sextet with Jimmy Ford on Drums (who played with the legend Lionel Hampton) and Miles on trumpet (Gil Evans' son.)

Martin went from taking private piano lessons to becoming an Alumnus of Berklee College Of Music in Boston.
Class mates included Drummer Terrilyn Carrington and Pianist Makoto Ozone. From there Martin Moved back to N.Y. to play with Bassist Fernando Saunders (who plays with Lou Reed) and Drummer Tony Smith (Mahavishnu Orchestra).
Martin had the priviledged honor to jam with the great Jaco Pastorious in the Village.
He also jammed montuno style with Salsa great Willie Colon in a New York City session.

World Fusion CD
Produced, Composed, and Performed By; Martin Batista
© 1999 GUAVADREAM MUSIC ASCAP.
Finally, the long awaited solo cd !
It embraces a World Citizen attitude, appropriately named " World Fusion " with its myriad embodiment of sonic and musical palettes. All "instruments" were performed by Martin and were generated on Yamaha keyboards except guitar on Interlocken played by Guitarist Paul Sihon who also engineered the session at his Protools Studio in the Bay Area.

TRACKLIST:

Coastal Rayz
Mystic Weather
Isabel
Ally Cats
Chaos
Magical Forest
Inertia
Palo Amarillo
Interlocken
Melting Pot
Neptunian Ocean
Nothingness

Available at cdbaby.com

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