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Martin Perna is an educator, and multidisciplinary artist living in Houston, Texas.

Martín Perna
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
EducationNew York University, B.A.; University of Texas-Brownsville, M.Ed.,
Occupationeducator, multidisciplinary artist
Years active1996-
Known forFounder, Antibalas, Founder, GO! Passport, Founder Ocote Soul Sounds
Website[1] [2] [3]



Perna, who is of Mexican American descent, founded the musical groups Antibalas[1] and Ocote Soul Sounds,[2] and has written for and/or recorded with Sharon Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, David Byrne, the Whitefield Brothers, the Daktaris, No Surrender, Apsci, Architecture in Helsinki, and many other groups. [3]


Perna began his educational work in 1992 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia as an overnight docent during the Camp-In Program. From 1998-2000, he taught at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn, New York. He has integrated education into his work as a musician, conducting musical workshops at Yale, McGill, Haverford, New York University, Concordia, University of Texas-Austin, and University of St. Denis (Île Réunion).

Multidisciplinary ArtEdit

He is author of the children's book BLACKOUT! about the 2003 blackout in the Northeastern United States and Canada, published in 2006 by Magic Propaganda Mill and illustrated by Ricardo Cortes.

An apprentice of earth architecture master Nader Khalili Perna also practices superadobe architecture and has created works in Michoacán, Mexico, and Austin, Texas.

Partial DiscographyEdit

The Very Best "untitled" Flute, baritone saxophone
Daktaris "Soul Explosion" Flute, tenor saxophone.
Mike Jackson and the Soul Providers "Revenge of Mr. Mopoji"
Nino Nardini "Rotonde Musique" Flute, saxophone
Lee Fields "Let's Get a Groove On" Baritone saxophone
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings "Dap Dippin'" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Liberation Afrobeat Vol. 1" Baritone saxophone, percussion
Antibalas "Talkatif" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Who Is This America" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Government Magic" Baritone saxophone
Antibalas "Security" Baritone Sax
Antibalas "Antibalas" Baritone Sax
TV on the Radio "Satellite" Flutes
TV on the Radio "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes" Flutes, saxophones
TV on the Radio "Return to Cookie Mountain" Flute, saxophones, percussion
TV on the Radio "Dear Science," Flutes, saxophones
Ocote Soul Sounds "El Niño y El Sol" Flutes, saxophones, guitars, percussion
Ocote Soul Sounds "The Alchemist Manifesto" Vocals, flutes, saxophones, guitars, percussion
Ocote Soul Sounds "Coconut Rock" Vocals, flutes, saxophones, guitars, percussion
Ocote Soul Sounds "Taurus" Vocals, flutes, saxophones, guitars, percussion
Elvis Costello and The Roots "Walk Us Uptown" Chico Mann Antibalas rework. Saxophones DJ Sun "Heart Seed featuring Leah Alvarez and Martin Perna", flute


  1. ^ Farber, Jim (August 16, 2012). "Perna and Antibalas get the Williamsburg beat". NY Daily News. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Martin Perna: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  3. ^ Forman, Bill. "New world ardor". Colorado Springs Independent.

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