Ethan Martin

(Percussion Festival 2017)

Ethan H. Martin (b. 1990) is a spirited contemporary percussionist.  Highlights from his undergraduate years include a World Music Showcase concert at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the North American premiere of Per Nørgård’s A Light Hour for percussion ensemble, and master class performances for Roger Braun, Andy Harnsberger, Michael Udow, and Third Coast Percussion. He is also a former member of The Handphibians, a Madison, WI based community percussion ensemble, dedicated to promoting the music and cultural traditions of Brazil.

As a member of DeKalb, IL based Barb City Percussion, Ethan has performed both locally and abroad. In 2017, the ensemble was invited to Costa Rica to take part in the Fifth International Festival of Percussion Ensembles. As featured artists, Barb City Percussion performed a full program of music in the capital city of San José, presented an outreach concert in Limón, and led master classes for students at the Centro Nacional de la Música. The ensemble had the honor to present the world premiere of Amniorrhexis by Chicago-based composer Brian Penkrot and commonly features Mångata by Kyle Krause on their programs.

Ethan’s varied musical interests collide as a performer with Projeto Arcomusical, a world music sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through a repertoire of unique, powerful, original concert chamber music.  As a member of Projeto Arcomusical, Ethan has performed at Harris Theater in Chicago for the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival and at National Sawdust in Brooklyn for the 2017 Percussion Marathon hosted by Ian Rosenbaum and Andy Akiho.  Additionally, he has performed and/or assisted in Arcomusical presentations at educational institutions including the Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, Princeton, UMass, Baldwin Wallace University, Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, Illinois State University, Kansas State University, Western Washington University, and the Cornish College of the Arts.

Ethan earned undergraduate degrees in Music Performance, Neurobiology, and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in percussion at Northern Illinois University.  His primary teachers include Dr. Anthony Di Sanza, Dr. Gregory Beyer, and Thomas Ross.