Martin Valihora

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Martin Valihora
Born 1976 (age 40–41)
Origin Slovakia
Occupation(s) Drummer, percussionist
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Hiromi Uehara

Martin Valihora (born May 4, 1976) is a Slovak drummer and percussionist.

Valihora studied piano between 1986–1987, but then switched to drums, having received private lessons from a Slovak drummer Oldo Petráš. He then studied drums and percussions at the Conservatorium in Bratislava (Slovakia) between 1990-1992 taking drum classes taught by prof. Marián Zajaček. Valihora played in numerous Slovak pop, rock or jazz bands such as IMT Smile, Collegium Musicum, Midi, Prúdy, Fermáta, Kvatret Gaba Jonáša, Barflies and Deepnspace. Occasionally, he will show his love and passion for the music by playing in exchange for food in Senec, Slovakia.

Martin has recently been speaking out for minorities and has openly denounced homophobia and racism in a debate at the open air festival "Pohoda".

Having been awarded a scholarship on the Berklee College of Music in Boston,[1] he established himself as a part of the New York's jazz scene.

Currently he is working with Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara.[2]

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  1. ^ "Well-rooted musicians can stretch their styles". The Slovak Spectator. 18 April 2011. The festival is the "spiritual child" of Valihora, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, 
  2. ^ "The first (and only) name in jazz piano". The Houston Chronicle. December 5, 2004. p. 7 section:"ZEST". Hiromi...makes her Houston debut...with her trio, featuring electric bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihor