Barbara Martinez
Performing Artist & Educator

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Barbara Martinez grew up in New York City performing in opera and musical theater. Originally from Venezuela, she comes from a lineage of Argentinian singer/actresses. After college, she received a scholarship to study flamenco singing in Seville, Spain. Barbara sings an eclectic repertoire of flamenco, Latin and world music with her own group in jazz venues, and recently at Carnegie Hall/Weill. Barbara currently sings with A Palo Seco Flamenco Company, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and other dance companies throughout the U.S. She recently appeared in the documentary "Sobre Las Olas - A Story of Flamenco in the U.S." by Carolina Loyola-Garcia, as well as the "100 Years of Flamenco in New York" exhibit at the Performing Arts Library. She is one of few flamenco artists who perform regularly both as singer and dancer in local venues in New York City, such as The Wine Spot, Alegrias at La Nacional and Smoke Jazz Club. Barbara is a music teacher at Ethical Culture Fieldston School and an Honors graduate of Brown University.

To find out more about Barbara's grandmother, Morenita Rey, click here. And to find out more about Barbara's great-aunt, Libertad Lamarque, see Wikipedia. To find out more about Barbara's ventures in theater, check out Fortvna Productions.

"Something fresh" -New York Times

"[Among] the extraordinary singers [were] the achingly beautiful flamenco sounds of Barbara Martinez." -Philadelphia Inquirer

"The haunting voice of Barbara Martinez seems to be the secret force that binds the dancers entirely to the shifts in melody, volume, mood."

"The high point for me was the vocalist Barbara Martinez. She is a charming presence on stage." -Theater Online

"Barbara Martinez, of the serene disposition and the elegantly pleasing lines." -Urgent Artist

"Barbara Martinez is considered one of the most important representatives of flamenco." -El Universal

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