Martín Perna
We Are the Last of the Old and First of the New
Categories: antibalas, collaboration, work
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The world seems like it’s on fire. It’s been a busy summer, out on tour with Antibalas, doing dates by ourselves, festival gigs, a long European run with the Daptone Super Soul Revue, and shows in the USA, France and Italy with the Arcade Fire. We put out a new 45″ with Antibalas called Tattletale. […]

Categories: art, collaboration, update

I’m excited to announce my collaboration / participation with Ana-Maurine Lara and Youmna Chlala in CANTOS. I’ll be writing more about the process as it goes along, but in short I’ll be translating poetry translated into numbers into sounds which will accompany visual art.  


Saludos. Wilkommen. Bienvenue. Bem vindo, Benvenuti. et cetera. After a shameful absence of three+ months from the blog which bears my very name, I’m back. Needless to say I’ve been busy and working on a lot of stuff, creative and not-as-creative but still very much on my creative grind and feeling a sense of forward […]

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I protest the rapid passing of the summer of 2013 by wearing white as often as possible well into September. It has been an amazing and quick summer, but really busy as I look back. This was the first summer in a while that I wasn’t on any long 3-6 week tours but it seems […]

I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be doing the score to the Nuyorican neo-noir thriller “The Last Days of Hustling” by writer / director Karim Lopez and producer Mike Tyner, and executive produced by Antonino d’Ambrosio. I have a lot of love and respect for all three of these guys and am really excited […]

I published an op-ed piece today at It’s about immigration, a bit about my own family history, and how America must break the cycle of criminalizing and scapegoating immigrants. It talks about the various ways immigrants are pressured to assimilate and the new identities and attitudes immigrants are taught to bear, depending on what […]

Categories: antibalas, travel, work
Antibalas Afterparty, Cholula Mexico

It has been a whirlwind since I last wrote an update. Life has been busy with time in airports, virtual classrooms, soundchecks, concert halls, festival grounds…lots of hurry up and wait. Recent big fun shows: Australia/New Zealand tour with Antibalas (Feb-March 2013) 5 de Mayo Festival: Puebla, Mexico with Antibalas (May 3, 2013) DJ set in […]

Categories: antibalas, interview, press, tour
74th St. Bandshell. North Miami Beach 2010

I’ve been on the phone and on Skype with interviewers for countless hours over the past few weeks doing interviews–some radio, some press– for this upcoming Antibalas Pacific Tour. Here are some of the interviews that have recently been published (more to come) Elsewhere blog with Graham Reid (New Zealand) Taranaki Daily News Online (New […]

Categories: antibalas, music, tour, update, work
Antibalas Pacific Tour 2013

I am excited and privileged to be touring with Antibalas this February-March in Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. Here’s a map of where we’ll be playing: Click on map icons for more info or see the Antibalas show listings page for details.     View Antibalas 2013 in a larger map