Songbook: KEXP’s Music & Literature Series

Thursday, August 24th | Doors: 6:00 PM | Event: 6:30 PM

in the KEXP Gathering Space

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Join KEXP for a special evening with Barrett Martin, in celebration of his first book and soundtrack, The Singing Earth, out August 25th via Sunyata Records. This fascinating evening of music and travel will be hosted by KEXP’s DJ Kevin Cole, featuring a presentation by Martin, an audience Q&A, and a performance from his jazz combo, The Barrett Martin Group.

Barrett Martin – Drums & Talking
Evan Flory Barnes – Upright Bass
Andy Coe – Guitar
Ryan Burns – Keyboards
Dave Carter – Trumpet
Hans Teuber – Woodwinds
Thione Diop – African Drums & Percussion

The Singing Earth chronicles Martin’s musical work on six continents starting with his involvement in the ’90s Seattle music scene, and then explores song lines and sea trails in Australia and New Zealand; trance drumming in Central America; Griot music in West Africa; musical diplomacy in Cuba; touring with a Brazilian rock band; recording shamanic music in the Peruvian Amazon; playing the blues in the Mississippi Delta; recording in the Palestinian West Bank; the power of resistance in American music; and the influence of Asia in music and culture. The book includes a companion CD soundtrack featuring rare, unreleased songs from Martin’s various bands, as well as field recordings from the incredible musical environments he has visited. Those who read and listen to the musical journey that Martin describes will find themselves transported through exotic global landscapes where they learn about the connections between ecology, community, and the music that connects us to our greater humanity.

Elliott Bay Book Company will be on site at the event with copies for sale. Please join us for this FREE, All Ages event in the KEXP Gathering Space!

photo credit: Dean Karr

photo credit: Dean Karr

About the Author:
Barrett Martin is a drummer, composer, producer, and award-winning writer best known for his work with several prominent Seattle bands including, The Barrett Martin Group, Walking Papers, Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Tuatara, Skin Yard, and the Levee Walkers. He has played on over 100 albums and film soundtracks to date, and when he is not on tour, he produces albums that range from indigenous music, to jazz, blues, and rock & roll. Martin holds a masters degree in ethnology and linguistics and is a professor of music at Antioch University Seattle. He writes a music and culture blog for the Huffington Post, and in 2014 he was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thompson Award for excellence in writing. His first book is titled, The Singing Earth, and his band, the Barrett Martin Group, has made 5 studio albums to date.


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