Martin Simon & ASTROLATIN

Martin Simon & ASTROLATIN


Martin Simon's project ASTROLATIN incorporates Latin American and Spanish influences into East European folk, classical music and modern jazz. It's powered by original music from Escoto & Simon team ("one of the best contemporary world guitar albums of the decade" - Muzik Reviews).


"A highly radiant and compositionally thoughtful world fusion, where we find the elements of Latin jazz, rumba flamenco, bossa nova and samba mixed with East European touch." -- Music Life

Martin Simon's ASTROLATIN project is one of the long ripening fruit of creative collaboration with a half Spanish/half Honduran New York based guitarist and composer Astor Escoto.

Building on the Escoto & Simon's guitar album "Collage" described by Muzik Reviews as one of the best contemporary world guitar albums of the decade, and after making Poland his second home, Simon has expanded the original sound by teaming up with Polish bassist Pawel Mazurczak, Polish-Israeli percussionist Adam Rozenman and guest members. They create at once lyrical yet intensely forceful energy. Los Angeles Musiczeitgeist describes this venture as "timeless, brain-massaging, thought-provoking collection of airy musical ruminations with world-class production.”

Simon's composition "Vision of Seven Keystones" recorded with this trio has been selected as a semi-finalist in the instrumental category of the 2011 International Songwriting Competition ISC receiving a record number of entries (over 16,000).

Born in Slovakia, Simon began playing classical guitar at 10. Interested in combining musical styles he formed his first jazz-rock fusion band “Jazzva” in mid ’90s with which he received the New Faces of Slovak Jazz 1st place national award for original work. He was the featured artist at the Slovak National Radio’s longest-running live jazz recording series “Jazz under Pyramid.”

In his music, Martin Simon has combined the classical and electric guitar sound with modern jazz, contemporary and avant-garde concepts and a rich palette of world elements. His body of work has been compared to the work of acoustic guitar virtuoso Don Ross or the playful experimentation of multi-instrumentalist George Koller.

After moving to USA in late ’90s, he studied composition with Pulitzer Prize and Latin Grammy nominated Cuban composer/conductor Tania Leon in New York City. He graduated from Brooklyn College receiving degrees in composition, performance and interactive media arts. He has lectured at Pratt Institute in New York in animation and film music department.

Martin Simon is the author of the ‘conversational’ music concept which was presented in 2007 at the ISIM International Conference on Improvised Music at Northwestern University along the masters of free improvisation like Oliver Lake, Art Lande, Mazen Kerbaj, Stephen Nachmanovitch, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Zerang, Anto Pett, Mark Dresser, Jane Ira Bloom, AACM.


"Their music is truly a Collage, assembling not only their myriad inspirations but their separate ideas in a compelling whole."
– All About Jazz

"Collage might very well be one of the best contemporary world guitar albums of the decade."
– MuzikReviews

"Rarely does jazz music ever dazzle with such subtle artistry and fragile emotions".
– Jazz Corner

"Their talents are not only breathtaking but one can hear how well they hypnotically bond together."
– RadioIndy

„Timeless, brain-massaging, thought-provoking collection of airy musical ruminations with world-class production.”
– Music Zeitgeist

"Venturing into the present and the future.”
– The Classical Guitarist


Escoto & Simon: Collage (2011)

New record expected in 2013

Set List

from 45 to 100 minutes