Jose G. Martinez

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José G. Martínez


José G. Martínez (b. 1983, Cali, Colombia) is a Colombian-American composer and educator.

An alumnus in percussion and composition of the National University of Colombia, he studied composition at the University of Missouri and the University of Texas Austin.

Martínez's music incorporates a wide range of influences, from Colombian folk tunes to contemporary composition techniques, while borrowing from Latin music, heavy metal, and audio sampling techniques. His works range from solo pieces with electronics to orchestral works, passing through chamber ensembles, electroacoustic pieces, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Among others, Martínez's music has been performed by groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Wild Up, Grammy award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion. His music has also been presented by Spanish ensemble Taller Sonoro, LA based Piano duo Hockett Duo, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s from New York City, Grupo de Cámara de Bogotá, and Austin based percussion ensemble Line Upon Line, among others. He has participated in institutes and festivals such as Banff Ensemble Evolution program, DeGaetano, Splice , SEAMUS, Missouri International Composer Festival, Line Upon Line Winter Composer Festival, ClarinetFest, and VIPA.

Mr. Martínez is a recipient of the 2008 National Composition Prize for Young Composers, the 2011 “Ciudad de Bogotá” Composition Award, and the 2013 National Cultural Prize. In the U.S. he has received the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize and the 2019 Rain Water Grant for Innovation. He is part of the C3 Collective and also artistic director of the concert series Stack Overflow that creates opportunities for composers interested in electronics.

Prof. Martínez was visiting professor at East Carolina University and at the New College of Florida. Currently [2022], he is assistant professor of music at Colby College.

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