//  Percussion Artist

Drummer Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach juxtaposes his Bolivian and Jewish roots with his experience as an immigrant in the United States to add color to his sophisticated drum grooves.




// Education

MM in Jazz Studies, 2008

Manhattan School of Music. New York, NY
Main Teachers: Dave Liebman, John Riley, Jason Moran, Garry Dial, Phil Markowitz

BA in Jazz Studies, 2005

University of New Orleans. New Orleans, LA
Main Teachers: Edward Petersen, John Vidacovich, Ricky Sebastian, Troy Davis and Terence Blanchard


// Awards

Manhattan School of Music

  • 2008 Arts-in-education Humanitarian / Leadership Outreach Award
  • Full Scholarship

U.S. Embassy, Bolivia

  • Cultural Ambassador

University of New Orleans

  • The Presidential Award
  • Full Scholarship



Residencies, Fellowships and Master Classes

U.S. Embassy in Bolivia Tour: ‘New Orleans Music Ambassadors’

The group played 15 sold-out concerts in 10 days and conducted master classes in inner city music and arts schools.

Betty Carter Jazz Ahead – The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Martin was selected among musicians from all over the world to participate in a 2 week long intensive composition workshop, present master classes and perfor at the Millenium Stage for a live internet stream worlwide.

Jazz Foundation of America

Martin has led master classes and performances in various schools, hospitals and community centers as part of the JFA’s fine outreach programs.

University of New Orleans

Martin presented a 3 movement suite entitled ”Ambus K” which was inspired by his experience with Hurricane Katrina.

Betty Carter Reunion Band

Martin was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to lead an ensemble made up of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead alumni.