SERGIO MARTINEZ was born in Madrid, Spain. He grew up in a very musical family and started playing percussion at age 15, studying with Paco de Lucia’s percussionist Rubem Dantas and Afro-Latin percussion with Rogerio da Souza and Luisito Dulzaides. He added courses in Hindu percussion with Ramesh Sotham and studied percussion and drumset in el Taller de Musicos, becoming part of the Latin Jazz Big Band conducted by Cuban guitarist Kotan. Later, he developed an interest in Flamenco music and started his professional career at age 19 accompanying top Flamenco artists, touring and playing in some of the most important theatres, including Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House and Teatro de Real Madrid, to name a few.
Combining his dedication to Flamenco with learning other styles of music and their rhythms and percussions, Sergio started becoming a very versatile musician who developed his voice as a side man for numerous bands, as a studio recording musician and as a leader of different bands and projects.
During this process, Sergio has recorded and played for artists like Enrique Morente, Jose Merce, Diego el Cigala and Jorge Pardo among many others, accompanied some of the most important flamenco dancers like Joaquin Cortes, Antonio Canales and Rocio Molina, and toured all around the world, participating in some of the most important Flamenco, jazz and world music festivals, including Montreal Jazz, Monterey Jazz, Panama Jazz, and WOMAD in Adelaide, to name a few.
He decided to audition for, and won, a scholarship for Berklee College of Music, and in September 2010 began studies in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, whose artistic director is the celebrated Panamanian jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez.
Sergio’s knowledge in the Flamenco tradition has taken him to record for singers like Paul Simon, and has played and recorded with some important jazz musicians like Dave Liebman, Jeff Ballard, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Terry Lyne Carrinton and Jamey Haddad.