Martín Perna
We Are the Last of the Old and First of the New
Categories: education, music, the grind, work

Since 2009 I’ve been working with and consulting with Dubspot, a digital music production school in New York City, with a global online component. The school has grown and expanded over this past year and evolved from one densely packed classroom to several state-of the art classrooms and offices. This video shows the transformation:

Categories: antibalas, art, tour, update, work

I just stumbled across GigPosters.com and several dozen images from shows and festivals that I’ve performed at in the past with Antibalas. Click on each image to enlarge and see further info about the event and designer. Here are some of my favorites:

Categories: update

Last Friday I visited the Earth Sky studios in Austin, Texas to talk with host Jorge Salazar and lead producer Mike Brennan about the my reflections about music and science: the boiling points of a dance floor, air as a sonic medium, temperature and sound, and the holiness of water. Thanks again to Earth Sky […]

Categories: update

Ocote Soul Sounds is bringing the full band on the road to the West Coast this fall and we need to raise some extra funds to make it happen and keep up the momentum for future touring. Please check the video below and support us with a pledge on Kickstarter.com. The campaign is 30 days […]

The Questlove’s Afro-Picks documentary is finished and ready to watch. The video crew did a fine job of capturing the spirit and essence of the project. Thanks to all the musicians, arrangers, and crew who helped put this together. It was truly memorable and one of the most unique and special musical experiences of my […]

Questlove's Afro-Picks: Paris 9/11/2011

Official photos and audio from the Questlove Afropicks concert from  9/11/11 at La Villette Jazz Festival are now up. Click the picture to view the whole album. Links to the concert archive are below.   Listen: Part 1: Part 2:

Here is the text of an article I wrote, originally published here by Air Traffic Control about an artist retreat / fact-finding trip to Tucson, Arizona this past May.

Here is some footage from a concert I was a part of last Sunday, Sept. 11 2011 with Tony Allen, members of the Roots, Macy Gray, David Murray and his Big Band, Amp Fiddler, singers/dancers from the Fela! musical, and of course, my brothers from Antibalas as part of the Red Bull Music Academy*. There […]

El Mac & Retna – Thai Town, L.A. (2010) from ELMAC on Vimeo. Mural painted by Mac & Retna in Hollywood, California in March of 2010. Artwork copyright ©2010 Mac & Retna Video by: K.Ann Hagey Music: “Contra el Sol” by Ocote Soul Sounds Model: Dianne G.