Joao Martins

Troll’s Toy

Joao Martins

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Paiste Artist Since
November 2019

Nationality
Portugal

Main Affiliations
Troll’s Toy
Muryan
Dynamite Station
Souq
R'B & Mr. SC

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Biography

Born in Ovar (Portugal) in 1982. Had his first contact with a drum kit at the age of 15. He started by playing rock with some local bands and toured through Portugal. He began studying Jazz in 2002. Since then, Improvised and Experimental Music became the focus of his career. He graduated from Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) with a degree in Jazz drums where he studied with: Michael Lauren, Nuno Ferreira, Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes, Paulo Perfeito, among others. He also graduated with a Master´s degree in Jazz Performance from Universidade de Aveiro where he studied with: Bruno Pedroso, Alexandre Frazão, Demian Cabaud, Mário Laginha, among others. He also graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Education from ESMAE. He attended for two years in a row the Siena Jazz Summer Workshop where he attended workshops/lessons and participated in concerts with: Ferenc Nemeth, Eric Harland, Roberto Gatto, Massimo Manzi, Ettore Fioravanti, Stefano Battaglia, Drew Gress, Omer Avital, Anders Jormin, Furio di Castri, Steve Cardenas, Avishai Cohen, among others. In addition to teaching private lessons, he is the coordinator of the Drum and Percussion Department of Forum Cultural de Gulpilhares. In 2019 (May to September), he held an artistic residency at the Júlio Dinis Museum in Ovar under the name of: “Influence of spaces on musical experiments - Drums as a solo instrument.” Besides his work as freelancer, Martins expresses himself in projects such as: Troll's Toy, Souq, Phantom Trio, RB & Mr. SC and Standard Deflagration Trio. The record “Dynamite Sisters” from Souq was selected by Arte Sonora magazine as one of the 10 best Portuguese records in 2016. https://souq.bandcamp.com/track/the-dynamite-sisters

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    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

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    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

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    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson

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    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.

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