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|Also known as||"The Bear"|
April 14, 1967|
|Genres||Modern Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Alternative Rock, Delta Blues|
|Occupation(s)||Writer, Composer, Producer, Artist|
|Instruments||Drums, Percussion, Upright Bass, Piano, Vibraphone, Marimba|
|Labels||Columbia, Cruz, Epic, Sunyata Records & Books|
|Associated acts||Barrett Martin Group, Levee Walkers, Mad Season, Queens of the Stone Age, R.E.M., Screaming Trees, Skin Yard, Tuatara, The Desert Sessions, Walking Papers|
Barrett Martin is an American writer, drummer, composer, and Grammy-winning producer best known for his work with several rock bands from Seattle including Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara, and Walking Papers. He has played on albums for R.E.M., the Stone Temple Pilots,Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as over 100 albums, films, and television soundtracks.
In 2017, Martin won a Latin Grammy for his production and percussion work on Nando Reis' album "Jardim-Pomar."  In 2014, he was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for excellence in writing for his liner notes in the Mad Season Deluxe Reissue.
Martin has also been featured as a guest drummer on dozens of albums and film soundtracks, and the PBS short documentary on his drumming and Zen painting, titled "Zenga and the Art of Percussion", won a 2009 Emmy in the New Media Arts category.
He is married to Dr. Lisette Garcia, a Latina scholar and writer, who is also a percussionist.
Martin was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. He studied jazz and classical music theory at Western Washington University in the mid-1980's. After dropping out from college to play music professionally, he later completed both his bachelor's and master's degrees in anthropology, linguistics, and ethnomusicology at the University of New Mexico, graduating Summa Cum Laude (highest honors).
Martin joined Skin Yard in 1990, making two albums with the band, 1000 Smiling Knuckles (1991) and Inside the Eye (1993). When Skin Yard broke up, Martin was asked to fill the recently vacated drum seat in another Seattle band, Screaming Trees. The Trees went on to make three more studio albums with Martin, Sweet Oblivion (1992), Dust (1996), and Last Words: The Final Recordings (2011) before calling it quits in June 2000.
In 1994, Martin formed the supergroup Mad Season with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and Chicago blues bassist Baker Saunders. The band released its debut album Above in 1995, playing only a handful of local shows before disbanding.
In March 2000, Martin was ordained as a Zen monk in the Soto tradition through the Detroit Street Zen Center in Los Angeles.
In 2001, Martin started Sunyata Records & Books, an imprint label and book publishing company. In 2011, he was appointed as an adjunct professor in the liberal arts department at Antioch University in Seattle.
In 2004, he released his first solo album as the Barrett Martin Group titled, The Painted Desert, and in 2006, he followed up with a second album, Earthspeaker. A third solo album, Zenga, was released in 2009, followed by the albums Atlas (2011), Artifact (2012), and Transcendence (2018).
In 2012, Barrett formed a new group named Walking Papers. The band included Seattle musician Jeff Angell (The Missionary Position, Post Stardom Depression) and also included bassist Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses, Velvet Revolver), and keyboardist Benjamin Anderson. The band released its self-titled debut album on Martin's Sunyata Records in 2012.
In April 2016, Martin announced the formation of a new group with Duff McKagan and Mike McCready titled, Levee Walkers. With the ongoing hiatus of Walking Papers and the formation of Levee Walkers as a studio project, Martin has focused his energies as a producer for other bands and solo artists around the world. Recently, he produced albums for the Welsh band, Buffalo Summer, delta blues legend CeDell Davis, and Seattle singer-guitarist Ayron Jones.
In 2017, he published his first book, The Singing Earth, which is a collection of musical adventure stories taken from Martin's work over the course of 30 years, in 14 different musical regions, across 6 continents around the world.
- Barrett Martin Group
- The Painted Desert – 2004
- Earthspeaker – 2006
- Zenga – 2009
- Atlas – 2011
- Artifact – 2012
- Transcendence - 2018
- Mad Season
- Above – 1995
- Screaming Trees
- Skin Yard
- Breaking the Ethers – 1997
- Trading with the Enemy – 1998
- Cinematheque – 2002
- The Loading Program – 2003
- East of the Sun – 2007
- West of the Moon – 2007
- The Here and the Gone – 2009
- Underworld – 2014
- Shamanic Nights: Live in the City – 2016
- Walking Papers
- Walking Papers – 2012
- WP2 – 2018
- Various Others
- Thin Men – A Round Hear – 1989
- Mike Johnson – Where Am I – 1994
- Various Artists – Working Class Hero – 1995
- Seaweed – Spanaway – 1995
- Mike Johnson – Year of Mondays – 1996
- Luna – Pup Tent – 1997
- Mark Eitzel – West – 1997
- Protein – Ever Since I was a Kid – 1997
- Various Artists – Flying Traps – 1997
- R.E.M. – Up – 1998
- Mark Lanegan – I'll Take Care of You – 1999
- Stone Temple Pilots – No. 4 – 1999
- Various Artists – More Oar – 1999
- Victoria Williams – Water to Drink – 2000
- Mark Olson – My Own Jo Ellen – 2000
- The Twilight Singers – Twilight as Played by The Twilight Singers – 2000
- Nando Reis – Para Quando o Arco-Íris Encontrar o Pote de Ouro – 2000
- Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R – 2001
- Therapy? – Shameless – 2001
- Nando Reis – Infernal – 2001
- CeDell Davis – When Lightning Struck the Pine – 2002
- Alex Veley – Maconha Baiana – 2003
- Nando Reis – A Letra A – 2003
- Nero – Confession No. 1 – 2003
- Roger Greenway – Wayt – 2004
- Jack Endino – Permanent Fatal Error – 2005
- Shipibo Shamans – Woven Songs of the Amazon – 2006
- Bola Abimbola – Ara Kenge – 2006
- Dave Carter – Commitment and Change – 2008
- Under The Rose – Under The Rose] – 2009
- Rusty Willoughby – CoBirds Unite – 2010
- Nando Reis e Os Infernais – Sei
- Mark Lanegan – Imitations −2013
- Vaudeville Etiquette – Debutantes & Dealers – 2014
- CeDell Davis – Last Man Standing – 2015
- CeDell Davis – Even The Devil Gets The Blues – 2016
- Even The Devil Gets The Blues - 2016
- Woven Songs of the Amazon – 2006
- Ausangate – 2006
- The Fog Ravens – 2003
- Lush – 1999
- The Best Men – 1999
- Deceiver – 1998
- "Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin, GNR's Duff McKagan share new song as Levee Walkers: Stream". Consequence of Sound. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
- Latin Grammy win by Seattle musicians Jack Endino and Barrett Martin highlights Seattle-Brazil connectionSeattle Times Retrieved 21 November 2017
- "Barrett Martin - Sunyata Records". Sunyata Records. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
- Music and the Politics of Resistance Huffington Post Retrieved 23 January 2013