“Mariska is a real talent. Her writing is original and strong, her voice is fresh and emotional. One to watch.”
Mariska Martina is a singer-songwriter from Holland, born in 1993 to a Peruvian mother and Dutch father. She started playing cello at age 5 and soon dreamt of being a professional cellist. After being accepted into the young talent class of Ran Varon at the Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, The Netherlands, she continued her studies after she graduated high school.
Mariska moved to London in 2015, after deciding that classical music was not a good fit after all. She made a dramatic change in her career and started a singer/songwriter course at LCCM with Roddy Matthews in October 2015. The year after she was accepted into the second year of jazz-vocals Bachelor Degree at the same college.
In November 2016 she founded her Quintet, and since then the quintet has already played at various prestigious venues like The Ruby Sings Show upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, at Jazz After Dark, the Stoke Newington Music Festival, Toulouse Lautrec and the Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel. Mariska Martina has also played various shows for Sofar Sounds.
“She reminds me of a young Joni Mitchell” said Bronwyn Bidwell in an article in iSing Magazing, after seeing Mariska Martina perform for Sofar Sounds. Read the full article here.
Mariska Martina is inspired by Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot. But in some of her music you clearly hear the inspiration she gets from her semi-Latin roots and classical music background.
In May 2018 she released her debut-EP Something Blue, produced by Roddy Matthews, which showcases her many different talents and influences. The EP has a strong mental health theme with the title song ‘Something Blue’ telling a story of sexual abuse. The track ‘Stillness’ however, is about finding true inner peace and ‘Intoxicated’ is about the things people do to stop feeling. Listen to an excerpt of Intoxicated below.
Find the full EP on Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, and all other online music streaming services.
In September 2018, Mariska Martina released her first single ‘Tied Together’, especially written for upcoming Amazon Prime Series ‘Mafia Ties’. The track has been warmly received with Mafia Ties-creator John Wilson even calling it “Grammy-worthy”. Listen to track below, or on any online music streaming service.
Mariska Martina normally plays with a quartet accompanying her. Yaron Stavi (Richard Galliano, Orient House Ensemble) on the double bass, Liam Burton on keys, Joshua Davies (Eddie Smith and the 507) on drums and Richard Castle (Lit FM, Bandini) on saxophone or guitar. Mariska also plays solo gigs (where she accompanies herself on the guitar), duo gigs with Liam Burton and trio gigs with Liam and Yaron.
Apart from writing, performing and recording her own songs, Mariska Martina is also an active member of the jazz scene, having played various jazz-gigs at Toulouse Lautrec, Roast, Jazz After Dark and other venues. In January 2018 she recorded a live version of her arrangement of jazz-standart ‘Cry me a river’ at Perry Vale Studios, which was filmed by seven/eigth Creative Studios.
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