Maria Martinez


Maria Martinez


Paiste Artist Since
February 1999

United States

Main Affiliation

„Paiste cymbals are the most versatile and consistent sounding cymbals on the planet. They offer a wide range of sounds for every musical style. The craftsmanship and the range of artistic expression is exquisite and second to none. The sound and creativity of Paiste cymbals shines bright in my world and I thank you for that! “


Maria Martinez

Cymbals listed from left to right

13" Signature Dark Crisp Hi-Hat
20" Signature Dark Crash Ride (discontinued)
20" Masters Dark Ride


Drummer, percussionist, core curriculum author, clinician, composer and educator; Performs concerts and conducts clinics, master classes, and workshops at universities, schools, and retail venues across the country; Has shared both stage and studio with a diverse list of artists worldwide, including artists such as Barry White, El Chicano, Klymaxx, Rita Coolidge, Nel Carter, Angela Bofill, Emmanuel, Johnny Paycheck, Maia Sharp, Jay Dee Maness and Tim Weisberg among others; Performed in some of the most prestigious venues, theatres, and festivals such as Radio City Music Hall, Blue Note (New York & Japan), Kodak Theater (Los Angeles), New Orleans Super Dome, Blues Alley (Washington D.C.), New Orleans Jazz Festival, Universal Amphitheatre (Los Angeles), Rainforest World Music Festival (Borneo), Viña del Mar International Song Festival (Chile). Published Hal Leonard Catalog includes: Afro-Cuban Coordination for Drumset, book, CD, DVD’s Brazilian Coordination for Drumset books, CD, DVD’s Rudimental Warm-Ups, book, CD Instant Guide to Drum Grooves, book, CD Quotes: “Maria has the gift of communicating her ideas clearly and in a way that everyone can understand. This is a rare and welcome faculty which makes learning fun. I really enjoyed this video; she played and explained it great!” ~ Vinnie Colaiuta “Maria opens up a vast vocabulary of Drumset grooves and solos. Her playing demonstrates what the Brazilian drumming concept is all about.” ~ Joe Porcaro Co-author of the World Beat Rhythms Series – Brazil, Africa, Cuba and USA. Content editor for the Poncho Sanchez DVD entitled Fundamentals of Latin Music for the Rhythm Section published by CherryLane; Paiste, DW/PDP (Drum Workshop, Pacific Drums), Latin Percussion (LP), Remo USA, Innovative Percussion, Protection Racket, and E-Pad Company.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    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.

  • Sounds