Barrett Martin has been studying Soto Zen and various martial arts for almost 25 years. He also holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology and linguistics, but is perhaps best known as the drummer for the rock bands Screaming Trees and Mad Season, as well as being a Latin Grammy-winning percussionist, composer, and producer. He has performed on over 100 Rock, Blues, Jazz, and World music albums, and his work can be heard on albums by REM, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mad Season, Screaming Trees, Walking Papers, Tuatara, Blues legend CeDell Davis, and recording sessions that range from the Peruvian Amazon, to Brazil, Cuba, the Palestinian West Bank, the Mississippi Delta, and the Alaskan Arctic.
Barrett has taught at several universities in the United States, and has written essays for Riot Material and The Huffington Post. In 2014 he was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thompson Award for excellence in writing. His first book, “The Singing Earth,” was released in 2017, and his second book, “The Way Of The Zen Cowboy,” was released in 2019. His solo band, The Barrett Martin Group, has released 8 studio albums to date.