May 12

Teaching Artists


Martin Urbach

Drummer/Composer Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach juxtaposes his Bolivian and Jewish roots with his experience as an immigrant in the United States to add color to his sophisticated jazz grooves.

Born on August 4th, 1982 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Martin discovered the drums at age 12. Shortly after, he began performing in the country’s top music venues and festivals. Upon finishing high school, Martin moved to The U.S.A to study English and music. He holds a bachelors degree in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans and a masters degree in jazz arts from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to being a passionate performer, Martin is also a kind and spirited educator. He is a Teaching Artist for the Lincoln Center Institute, Urban Arts Partnership, Bash The Trash Environmental Arts Program, The New York Pops and the Jazz Foundation of America. He is also a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp.

Currently, Martin lives in Brooklyn, NY. Martin divides his time between playing concerts and touring the world as bandleader and sideman, composing music, and teaching drums and music to young children and adults. Martin recently released his first recording entitled ”Free Will”, which showcases his talents as a performer, composer and bandleader. Through performing and teaching, Martin spreads the joy that music brings to his life.
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