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© 2019 by Martine Waltier

About

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 Roehampton 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 along with many more musical shenanigans!

Martine is currently one of the lead Vocalists for Mike Westbrook's Uncommon Orchestra, a 24 piece Avant-Garde band. 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.

 

Martine recently launched her solo career as a singer-songwriter, Me in Art/Martine

visiting living rooms, sharing stories and sounds - connect here if you'd like a visit! 

She also fronts Frisco Fiasco Experiment,  covering classics with improvisational soul.

Martine teaches vocals to music degree students at Plymouth University and is a Kundalini yoga teacher, producing yoga mantras as Sangeet Dayal Kaur.

“Perfectly pitched vocalist Martine Waltier would stand out anywhere”
Mike Hobart, Financial Times