Barrett Martin is an award winning writer and drummer best known for his work in several rock bands from Seattle including Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Tuatara, and Walking Papers. He has traveled the world extensively, holds a masters degree in anthropology & linguistics, and is an adjunct professor in the liberal arts department at Antioch University Seattle. He has played on over 100 albums, and has studied music in West Africa, Latin America, Cuba, Brazil, the Peruvian Amazon, Australia, New Zealand, and Alaska. His academic work has included talks and teaching at New York University, Occidental College, Emory University, the University Of Georgia, the University Of Alaska, and the University Of New Mexico. He is the founder of the record label Sunyata Records, and when he is not on tour or in a classroom, he produces albums that range from indigenous music, to folk, jazz, blues, and of course, rock and roll. He was recently awarded the 2014 ASCAP award for excellence in writing.

A short synopsis of his studies around the world include work with Garifuna drummers in Belize, Wolof drummers in Senegal, Ewe drummers in Ghana, Santeria drummers in Cuba, Candomble drummers in Brazil, the singing Shipibo Shamans of the Peruvian Amazon, Delta Blues musicians, Arabic musicians, Native American musicians, and various recording projects around the world. Over the course of his 25 year career, his music has been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered", The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Spin, Classic Rock, Mojo, Uncut, and numerous other international magazines, newspapers, and websites.

He has recently started writing a music blog for the Huffington Post which can be read here at: The Huffington Post


(*) Indicates albums produced or co-produced

2015 BARRETT MARTIN - "Synesthesia: Music For The Visual Mind" (Sunyata Records)*

2015 CEDELL DAVIS - "Last Man Standing" (Sunyata Records)

2014 VAUDEVILLE ETIQUETTE - "Debutantes & Dealers" (Sunyata Records)*

2013 MARK LANEGAN - "Imitations" (Vagrant Records)

2012 WALKING PAPERS - "Walking Papers" (Sunyata Records)*

2012 BARRETT MARTIN GROUP - "Artifact" (Sunyata Records)*

2011 SCREAMING TREES - "Last Words: The Final Recordings" (Sunyata Records)*

2011 BARRETT MARTIN GROUP - "Atlas" (Sunyata Records)*

2010 RUSTY WILLOUGHBY - "CoBirds Unite" (Local 638)

2009 UNDER THE ROSE - "Under The Rose" (UR Records)

2009 BARRETT MARTIN - "Zenga" (Sunyata Records)*

2009 TUATARA & COLEMAN BARKS - "The Here And The Gone" (Sunyata Records)*

2008 DAVE CARTER - "Commitment And Change" (Sunyata Records)*

2007 TUATARA - "East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon" (Sunyata Records)*

2006 SHIPIBO SHAMANS - "Woven Songs Of The Amazon" (Sunyata Records)*

2006 BARRETT MARTIN - "Earthspeaker" (Sunyata Records)*

2006 BOLA ABIMBOLA - "Ara Kenge" (Sunyata Records)*

2005 JACK ENDINO - "Permanent Fatal Error" (Wondertaker)

2004 ROGER GREENAWAY - "Wayt" (New Zealand)

2004 BARRETT MARTIN - "The Painted Desert" (Sunyata Records)*

2003 TUATARA - "The Loading Program" (Sunyata Records)*

2003 NANDO REIS - "A Letra A" (Universal)

2003 NERO - "Confession #1" (Ireland)*

2002 CEDELL DAVIS - "When Lightning Struck The Pine" (Sunyata Records)*

2002 TUATARA - "Cinemathique" (Sunyata Records)*

2001 NANDO REIS - "Infernal" (Warner Bros.)

2001 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Rated R" (Interscope)

2001 THE MINUS 5 - "Let The War Against Music Begin" (Mammoth)

2001 THERAPY? - "Shameless" (Ark 21)

2000 NANDO REIS - "Para Quando O Arco" (Warner Bros.)

2000 THE MINUS 5 - "In Rock" (Book Records)

2000 VICTORIA WILLIAMS - "Water To Drink" (Atlantic)

2000 MARK OLSON - "My Own Jo Ellen" (Self Released)

2000 THE TWILIGHT SINGERS - "As Played By The Twilight Singers" (Columbia)

1999 MARK LANEGAN - "I'll Take Care Of You" (Sub Pop)

1999 STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "No. 4" (Atlantic)

1999 VARIOUS ARTISTS - "More Oar" (Birdman)

1998 REM - "Up" (Warner Bros.)

1998 TUATARA - "Trading With The Enemy" (Epic)*

1997 LUNA - "Pup Tent" (Elektra)

1997 THE MINUS 5 - "The Lonesome Death Of Buck McCoy" (Hollywood)

1997 MARK EITZEL - "West" (Warner Bros.)

1997 TUATARA - "Breaking The Ethers" (Epic)*

1997 PROTEIN - "Ever Since I was A Kid" (Hollywood)

1997 VARIOUS ARTISTS - "Flying Traps" (Hollywood)*

1996 MIKE JOHNSON - "Year Of Mondays" (Atlantic)

1996 SCREAMING TREES - "Dust" (Epic)

1995 VARIOUS ARTISTS - "Working Class Hero" (Hollywood)*

1995 SEAWEED - "Spanaway" (Hollywood)

1994 MAD SEASON - "Above" (Columbia)*

1994 MIKE JOHNSON - "Where Am I" (Up)

1993 SKIN YARD - "Inside The Eye" (SST/Cruz)

1992 SCREAMING TREES - "Sweet Oblivion" (Epic)

1991 SKIN YARD - "1000 Smiling Knuckles" (SST/Cruz)

1989 THIN MEN - "A Round Hear" (Ensign)



2006 WOVEN SONGS OF THE AMAZON - Documentary on the Shipibo musical system (Green Spider Films)

2006 AUSANGATE - Documentary on the Quechua weavers of Peru (Kontent Reel)

2003 THE FOG RAVENS - Documentary on New Mexico artists (Fog Raven Productions)

2000 LUSH - Feature film, debuted at 2000 Sundance Film Festival (Lion's Gate)

1999 BEST MEN - Feature film (MGM)

1998 DECEIVER - Feature film (MGM)