Philadelphia, PA, USA
|Education||New York University, B.A.; University of Texas-Brownsville, M.Ed.,|
|Occupation||educator, multidisciplinary artist|
|Known for||Founder, Antibalas, Founder, GO! Passport, Founder Ocote Soul Sounds|
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He is founder of the musical groups Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds, and has written for and/or recorded with Sharon Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, David Byrne, the Whitefield Brothers, the Daktaris, No Surrender, Apsci, Architecture in Helsinki, and many other groups.
Perna began his educational work in 1992 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia as an overnight docent during the Camp-In Program. From 1998-2000, he taught at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn, New York. He has integrated education into his work as a musician, conducting musical workshops at Yale, McGill, Haverford, New York University, Concordia, University of Texas-Austin, and University of St. Denis (Île Réunion).
Based on his experiences as an educator and traveler, he is designing the GO! Passport a youth-culture-citizenship program.
The Very Best "untitled" Flute, baritone saxophone
Daktaris "Soul Explosion" Flute, tenor saxophone.
Mike Jackson and the Soul Providers "Revenge of Mr. Mopoji"
Nino Nardini "Rotonde Musique" Flute, saxophone
Lee Fields "Let's Get a Groove On" Baritone saxophone
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings "Dap Dippin'" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Liberation Afrobeat Vol. 1" Baritone saxophone, percussion
Antibalas "Talkatif" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Who Is This America" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Government Magic" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Security" Baritone Sax
TV on the Radio "Satellite" Flutes
TV on the Radio "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes" Flutes, saxophones
TV on the Radio "Return to Cookie Mountain" Flute, saxophones, percussion
TV on the Radio "Dear Science," Flutes, saxophones
Ocote Soul Sounds "El Niño y El Sol" Flutes, saxophones, guitars, percussion
Ocote Soul Sounds "The Alchemist Manifesto" Vocals, flutes, saxophones, guitars, percussion
DJ Sun "Heart Seed featuring Leah Alvarez and Martin Perna", flute