Richard Martinez


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Richard Martinez was born in Chicago and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has worked as a composer, music producer, music director and performer in New York City since his arrival in 1978. As a composer Martinez composed music for the documentaries The Longoria Affair, directed by John J. Valadez for ITVS, The Miracle of Spanish Harlem, directed by Derek Velez Partridge, Antonia Pantoja Presente!, directed by Lillian Jimenez for LPB, BLAST!, directed by Paul Devlin for the BBC, The Last Conquistador, directed by John J. Valadez for POV, Howard Zinn: You Can?t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, the biography of historian/activist Howard Zinn, on the short list for a 2005 Oscar nomination. He also composed music for the film Bossa Nova, directed by Bruno Barreto, and a score for The Daytrippers, directed by Greg Mottola, produced by Steven Soderbergh, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance International Film Festival. Other composing credits include music for the plays The Dog in the Manger, directed by Jonathan Munby for the Shakespeare Theatre Co. in Washington DC, Viva La Vida!, starring Mercedes Ruehl at the 2006 Bay St. Theater season, the feature film Take the Bridge, a Tribeca Film Festival Selection, the feature Harvest of Redemption, awarded best film in the foreign drama category at the Los Angeles International Family Film Festival. His music also appears on recordings by Dave Valentin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Al MacDowell.

As Electronic Music Producer, Martinez has worked with celebrated composer Elliot Goldenthal on countless movie scores. One being the Academy Award-winning score for the film Frida. Other films include:  The Tempest, Public Enemies, Across the Universe, Titus, Sphere, Heat, Interview with the Vampire, Batman Forever, and many more.

As an Associate Music Producer, Martinez produced music for the A & E series Nero Wolfe, the documentaries The Endurance and Norman Rockwell: Painting America, by renowned composer Michael Small.

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On Broadway, Martinez was the Musical Director of The Green Bird, directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor. This being just one of the many Taymor/Goldenthal theatre productions he has been involved in since 1986.

Throughout his thirty plus years as a performer, he has also had the pleasure of working with artists and groups like Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bono, Betty Buckley, Carly Simon, Gregory Hines, Dave Valentin, Harry Belafonte, and George Russell.

Martinez has been a featured lecturer on the subjects of film music production, composition, synthesizer programming and music sound design at Berklee College of Music, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY/WCC and Middlebury College.


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