Martin Traynor is a quietly accomplished composer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His music draws on a variety of world influences with strong jazz, R&B and pop influences. His sensual blend of jazz, pop and world music invites you lose yourself in the moments he has created and the stories he tells.
Born in Glasgow Scotland, Martin’s love of music started at an early age. Martin immigrated to Canada in 1974 and by age 15 Martin discovered guitar and began studying it intensely and listening to an eclectic mix of guitarists and groups. At 16, Martin began writing songs and composing; and in his final year of high school he wrote and arranged music for an original high school musical.
After high school Martin attended York University in Toronto where he studied Guitar and Film-scoring. He used the studio facilities to record his own songs. At York, Martin was accepted into the faculty of education and began to study to be a music teacher which required him to become a multi-instrumentalist increasing repertoire to include various wind, brass, percussion and string instruments.
Martin was still playing in various bands while at University and after graduation in 1989 he worked on a small variety of recording projects. He began teaching music at a high school in Toronto where he still teaches Guitar, Vocal and Instrumental Music. Over the years his school band has performed locally and internationally including the Bahamas; MGM and Busch Gardens, Florida.
Martin began co-writing music in 1997 and won a song writing competition for Who Will You Run To. In 1998 he formed the band SoundPoets and produced their Debut CD at Phase 1 Studios in 1999 http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SoundPoets. The SoundPoets received great interest with the songwriting being describes as “spiritual and crafty with unforgettable melodies.” The SoundPoets appeared on CBC Daytime, Breakfast Television CityTV, Twiggy’s, The Indigo, Weston Harbour Castle, and had radio airplay in Southwest Ontario and Belgium.
From 2002 to 2004 Martin began playing with a Toronto-based jazz trio which played throughout Toronto and the surrounding area at venues like the ROM, Royal York Hotel, Port Perry Jazz Festival, and Timothy’s coffee house. During 2005 Martin appeared as a solo guitarist at Chapters and Indigo bookstores.
In 2006, Martin co-founded Neo Mundo a world influenced pop jazz ensemble with Darren Moore and Bohdan Turok. Neo Mundo has played at the community venues like 10 Feet Tall on the Danforth and various private venues in Toronto. They have played to larger events at the Toronto Club, Assembly Hall which was broadcast on OMNI 1, Dundas Square for Dignitas International’s Race for Dignity, and various jazz festivals. Their music has been described as a “sultry blend of jazz , pop and world music that envelops the audience in an exquisite feast for the ears.” (SNAP) The New Homeland wrote “Neo Mundo has proven that audiences can expect a highly professional performance… and a promising future.”
Martin Released his self titled cd in 2010 with a sold out show at the “The Trane” and continues to promote his work in the GTA.
Martin completed his Masters Certificate in Guitar (on line) at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2012, where he studied under Bruce Saunders, Rick Peckham and Gary Burton. He has also studied with Joey Goldstein, Lorne Lofsky and Ted Quinlan. He is currently teaching and freelancing in Toronto and the GTA and can be seen singing and playing with “The George Lake Big Band”, “Danny’s 11 (Little Big Band)”, “The Cortet Quintet”, “Con Alma Trio” and with his duo with Darren Moore on winds and keys. He He performs at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival and the Oakville Downtown Jazz Festival as well as at many local clubs including Club Seven44, Gate 403 and many corporate and private functions. Past appearances and subbing include “Big Smoke”, “The Mississauga Big Band”, “The Vegas North Orchestra”, “Rewind (80’s and Classic Rock)” and more recently the “MSJO orchestra”and “Kim & Company”.