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A graduate of the Longy School of Music, majoring in recorder and early music performance practice, Martins is the founding director of A Joyful Noyse, an early music ensemble in residence at Hancock Church and dedicated to the performance of 16th through 18th century liturgical music. The ensemble provides service music approximately six times a year and gives several sacred and secular concerts annually.
A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Latvian vocal and instrumental ensemble Kolibri, Martins has had the opportunity to travel extensively on concert tours throughout the USA, Canada and Europe, as well as on several tours to Australia. Live radio appearances with Kolibri include several shows on NPR, The Listening Room with Roger Sherman on WQXR in NYC and the Studs Terkel Show in Chicago.
In 1994 he spent a year in Latvia coaching and performing with several early music ensembles, giving a solo recorder recital in the Dom Cathedral of Riga as well as recording extensively for Radio Riga. His recordings include Four suites for recorder and BC by Johann Fischer and William Babell’s Concerto in C major for recorder and orchestra. In addition to playing recorder, Martins has worked as a tenor soloist/section leader in several Boston area churches and for the last 11 years at Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington. As a tenor soloist he has performed in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Vesperae Sollennes de Confessore, and Schubert’s Mass in Eb. Other solo appearances include the role of John in Capella Clausura’s production of Planctus Mariae: A Medieval Opera and as tenor soloist with the Riga Dom Boys Choir in Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
Presently Martins is a member of the newly formed Metrowest professional vocal ensemble, the Labyrinth Choir. The group’s first program, entitled We Who Believe in Freedom, explores, through music and poetry, the freedom efforts of South Africa, the Baltic states and America as well as the search for spiritual freedom through the Christian, Jewish and Islamic religion.