Photo by Jack Gorman
Martine was nurtured into a musical family. Her visually impaired father used to busk the 'Top 40' outside Selfridges (and 'jazz' things up a bit) whilst her mother used to sing Italian 70's pop songs (Albano and Romina) with an operatic voice early on a Saturday morning - so there was no escaping it, music was in her blood!
Growing up in London exposed Martine to all kinds of music, from the thumping reggae beats of Brixton market, to frequenting the Royal Albert Hall, (her family used to get free tickets from the RNIB) - hip hop and RnB were a particular favourite.
Whilst studying Music at university, she joined a Prog Rock band and with her violin learned how to navigate the world of odd time signatures! This is where she met
Billie Bottle and their musical friendship took them on many adventures: a tour of Japan with Dave Sinclair, a notable appearance on BBC's The Voice and a signing to Leo Records - too many shenanigans to mention!
Martine is currently sings for British Jazz composer Mike Westbrook in his 22 piece Avant-Garde jazz band the Uncommon Orchestra. Having toured Sicily, performed at Ronnie Scott's and appeared on BBC Radio 3's In Tune, the orchestra have made a significant mark on the British jazz scene this last decade.
Recently Martine launched her solo career as a singer-songwriter, Me in Art/Martine,
visiting living rooms and intimate spaces to share her stories and sounds. She also fronts Frisco Fiasco Experiment, a vibrant four-piece, covering classic tunes with improvisational soul.
Martine teaches vocals to the BA Music degree students at Plymouth University and teaches violin, guitar and songwriting in schools and privately.
A qualified Life Coach and Kundalini Yoga teacher, Martine uses live music in her yoga classes, connecting on a vibrational level during relaxation (shavasana). She has written and produced a yoga mantra under her spiritual name of Sangeet Dayal Kaur and has appeared on Sarah Patterson's Buddhasongs mantra album.