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“You have to find your independence to fill your own needs and then in turn to be a good partner and collaborator.”

Photo credit: Pat Kepic

Photo credit: Pat Kepic

“As jazz singers go, Rebecca Martin exudes the plainest sort of poise, almost radical in its utter lack of flash. When she wasn’t cradling an acoustic guitar…she held her arms clasped behind her back, as if to make sure they wouldn’t be a distraction. She sang quietly, favoring slow tempos.  Her embellishments registered on the granular level, in the placement of a phrase or a light catch in her throat. She was unerringly faithful to the melodies of the songs, both standards and originals…she made them seem less like songs than like articulations of her state of mind.”

– Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Over the past 25 years, Rebecca Martin has been a professional musician, community organizer, educator, wife and mother. A native of Maine,  Martin moved to New York City and lived there for a decade before migrating North and landing in Kingston, New York.  There, she co-founded KingstonCitizens.org in 2006 as a way to understand the inner workings of local government and to create a platform for civic engagement in her new hometown.

“Music and community work involve different parts of my being, and it feels good and natural to exercise them both,” she says, drawing parallels between community organizing and her creative life. “Music requires time and space while organizing, details and time crunches. Both are intense.”

KingstonCitizens.org’s earliest projects included removing “souvenir” knives that turned out to be illegal weapons from a local gas station; from advocating for the city to create an updated comprehensive plan  to  discussing different forms of government.  (READ Rebecca Martin’s Editorial in the Kingston Timesand hosting many educational forums and debates with elected officials on dozens of topics spanning from sex offenders to meadow growing. Relevant topics were selected from month to month. “We wanted to give citizens the opportunity to understand the issues better and to provide them with an action that would include them in solutions. Our focus on education was primary from the start.”

“Rebecca Martin is known in Kingston as one of the city’s most committed and effective community activists. She was the first executive director of the Kingston Land Trust, which has become a formidable force for conservation, green spaces, and community building in the city.”  – Lynn Woods, The Kingston Times 

Martin was snatched up in 2010 to serve as the Executive Director of the Kingston Land Trust.  Under her leadership, the trust was touted as a ‘national model’ by the Land Trust Alliance in the organization’s effort to develop programming that could bring the community closer to its open space. Rebecca was instrumental in starting the non-profit group’s Urban Agriculture initiatives, Kingston’s Rail Trail program, and an effort to protect African-American history and burial grounds in the city of Kingston.

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Rebecca Martin’s Collaborative Group with Guillermo Klein Called UPSTATE in New York Times. Residency in NYC throughout February, 2015.

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UPSTATE in Today’s New York Times Arts & Leisure Section. 

“BACK IN TOWN WITH TRICKY TUNES: A composer doesn’t necessarily mean a songwriter, especially in Jazz. Guillermo Klein, originally from Argentina, who has written brilliantly for his jazz groups in New York and Barcelona since the mid-90’s, never made a distinction. He creates pieces full of tricky counterpoint and canon, but h also writes emotionally direct, harmonically complex, circular songs to bee sung by himself and others….Not long ago, Mr. Klein moved back to the New York area and started collaborating with the singer Rebecca Martin and the bassist Larry Grenadier. The idea was to put lyrics to Mr. Klein’s compositions, but the repertory expanded to include other composer’s work, too. At the Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday’s in February.”

The group is set to record in May of 2015 joined by the drummer Jeff Ballard. Recorded and Produced by Pete Rende.

CLICK on the FACEBOOK EVENT for ticket links to their performances.

Rebecca Martin’s Collaborative Project with Guillermo Klein “UPSTATE” New York Residency in February.

UPSTATE Guillermo Klein, Rebecca Martin, Larry Grenadier

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UPSTATE featuring Rebecca Martin (voice/guitar), Guillermo Klein (voice/piano) and Larry Grenadier (bass) to perform at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3) in New York City.  The group will start their weekly residency starting on Wednesday, February 4th 2015.  

New York, NY:  “It was on my bucket list to work with Guillermo” Rebecca Martin confides. “For a decade, I was just waiting for the right project”

In early 2014, the notable Singer/Songwriter Rebecca Martin and acclaimed composer Guillermo Klein started their journey together.

“Rebecca’s voice, her tone and the way it feels – beautify present on every project of hers that I heard.” Guillermo Klein says. “When she reached out on her idea of a collaboration, I couldn’t have been happier.”

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UPSTATE featuring the collaboration of Rebecca Martin and Guillermo Klein

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Residency

Live at the Falcon 1348 Rte. 9W Marlboro, NY 212/236-7970

November

Monday, 11/17, 24

December

Monday, 12/1, 15, 22

*12/8: Guillermo Klein Special Workshop Concert

 

Special Guests:

11/17: Lee Falco (Percussion)

11/24: Sara Serpa (Voice)

12/1: Diego Urbano (Vibraphone)

12/15 and 12/22: Chris Cheek and Mark Turner (Tenor Saxophone)

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MONDAY, October 13th 2014

UPSTATE featuring Rebecca Martin (voice/guitar), Guillermo Klein (voice/piano) and Larry Grenadier (bass) to perform at Live at the Falcon in Marlboro, NY.  The group will start their weekly residency starting on Monday, November 17th, 2014.  

Marlboro, NY:  “It was on my bucket list to work with Guillermo” Rebecca Martin confides. “For a decade, I was just waiting for the right project”

In early 2014, the notable Singer/Songwriter Rebecca Martin and acclaimed composer Guillermo Klein started their journey together.

“Rebecca’s voice, her tone and the way it feels – beautify present on every project of hers that I heard.” Guillermo Klein says. “When she reached out on her idea of a collaboration, I couldn’t have been happier.”

“I would send him my songs and he’d send his too. Eventually, I just started writing lyrics to his. I was completely taken by his new work, which came as no surprise. In Jazz, singers tend to stick to the ‘American Songbook’ or write their own material. It occurred to me that it would be important to make the songs of modern composers accessible to singers. Guillermo’s music is ripe for that.”

Both musicians, Martin originally from Maine and Klein from Argentina now live in the Hudson Valley. The two have called their collaboration UPSTATE.  It also includes world renowned bassist LARRY GRENADIER.  The three start their residency at “Live at the Falcon” in Marlboro, NY for weekly performances beginning on Monday, November 17th through the middle of December.

“Now with at least a dozen compositions, we are really looking forward to playing and developing the music live in preparation for a recording in 2015.” Martin says. “Our drummer Jeff Ballard currently lives in Europe, but will meet up with us in in 2015 for the recording.”

Throughout their residency at the Falcon in Marlboro, UPSTATE will host a weekly guest to perform their music that includes Lee Falco (drums/percussion), Sara Serpa (Vocals), Diego Urbano (Vibraphone), Chris Cheek (Tenor Saxophone) and Mark Turner (Tenor Saxophone).

For more information, contact Larrecca Music Management atlarrecca@gmail.com

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LISTEN: To Guillermo Klein’s “Just Like The Rain“. Lyrics by Rebecca Martin.

 

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New Video: “Don’t Mean A Thing At All” By Rebecca Martin

DON’T MEAN A THING AT ALL (from the album TWAIN)
R. Martin

When all of the house lights are taken down
And all of the people there
That traveled for hundreds of miles around
To hear their songs fill the air
Their beauty, the quiet and heaviness
The shadows they recall
Don’t mean a thing at all

A song would begin with a feeling
That’s had when the melody came
The words are assembled then written
Its meaning is somewhat relayed
On tip toes and reeling through misty eyes
The writing’s on the wall
Don’t mean a thing at all

Before the night gets underway
Your mind could change
What once was true that very day
Is now not the same

And there’s no way she could know
You couldn’t tell her so
The only way to live it was by giving it a go
No doubt there’ll be something for everyone
When turning every stone
She can’t leave well enough alone

“On a Sunday Morning”. A new original by Rebecca Martin.

On A Sunday Morning
R. Martin

What’s true for some
Just like a song could break your heart
When the sum is framed
To mislead them all
The fated cast

With the chances slim to none
Whenever the moment comes
To it may they rise.

For the years were long
and the night time too
On a Sunday morning
They’d had enough and the world had too
On a Sunday morning.

Now the chances are slim to none
Whenever the moment comes
To it may you rise.

For the years were long
and the night time too
On a Sunday morning
She’d had enough
and the world had too
On a Sunday morning.

Rebecca Martin & Larry Grenadier. “Portrait” by Charles Mingus.

Portrait
Words and music by Charles Mingus

I’ve seen all kinds of pictures
Most of the beauties of the world
From places I’ve traveled I still recall
This quaint melody as I thrill

Painting my own pictures in tones
I’ve painted all mother earth
Both flowers that brave the morn
Tones color the life she’s borne

I’ve tried to paint her beauties
From radiant skies to deep blue seas
The sky as she changes her glamour
Dawns pale blue sunsets amber

The winds and the vains
The lull on the plains
Leaves on the ground
Mountains gray brown
Tipped with a dash of glowing white snow.

Rebecca Martin Tour Dates Fall, 2014


Rebecca Martin will be performing this fall
as a duo with Bassist Larry Grenadier.

Thursday, August 28th
Soundwaves Concert Series
Westport, NY

Thursday, October 30th
Palm Jazz Festival
Gilwice, Poland

Saturday, November 1st
AMR
Geneve, Switzerland

Sunday, November 2nd
Enjoy Jazz Festival
Mannheim, Germany

Tuesday, November 4th
La Faiencerie
La Tronche, France

Wednesday, November 5th
Porgy & Bess
Vienna, Austria

Thursday, November 6th
Budapest Jazz Club
Budapest, Hungary

Sunday/Monday, November 9/10
Musik Akademie Basel
Concerts and Masterclasses
Basel, Switzerland

For more information contact:

Anteprima Productions
Reno Di Matteo
info@anteprimaproductions.com

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