Ivan Martirena Trio
Ivan Martirena Trio is a versatile combo in all styles, jazz, Top 40, Rock, Brazilian, Tango, world, etc.
Ivan has been interested in music since an early age. Originary from Buenos Aires, Argentina, his training began at age 12 in traditional south-American folk music and classical guitar, but not until his senior years, where he turned toward his real passion: Jazz and improvised music.
His academic studies started at “Conservatorio Jose Manuel de Falla” Buenos Aires, where he got a Diploma and learned about ear training, harmony, counterpoint and solfege along with the classical studies. After this in 1997, Ivan earned a Degree in Performance from I.T.M.C (Technological Institute of Contemporary Music) and moved on towards a second Diploma in Professional Music and Arranging at Escuela de Musica BIN (Berklee International Network). Here he was awarded with a Mention of Honor, from “Conservatorio Souza Lima” Brazil and a "Best Achievement Scholarship" to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA were he studied guitar with Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick, Richie Hart and Larry Baione Improvisation with Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi and Dave Santoro and Ensembles with Joe Lovano and Darren Barret, was also able to perform with many “young lions” from many parts of the world and awarded with the Dean's List for three semesters.
Ivan tours around Europe and South America with different Duos, Trios and Quartets, and since he relocated in Chicago IL, he has been involved in many different projects and also performing around the Chicago area including: Horseshoe casino, Carnivale, Congress Theater House of Blues (VIP room) Old Town School of Music, Music Station, Birds Nest, Elbo Room and more.