Martin Metzger

Martin Metzger
Martin Metzger

Guitar, Director

Martin Metzger is a versatile guitarist and composer from Evanston, Illinois. Martin has performed with many ensembles, including Leley (Flamenco), Ensemble of Ragas (Indian/Flamenco), and Wood To Water (World Influenced-Jazz), which recorded their debut album in 2006. In 2007, Martin recorded a second record as a sideman with The Chicago Grace Consort. Martin currently performs with a flamenco group based in Chicago, with guitarist Diego Alonso, singer Patricia Ortega, dancer Marisela Tapia, and percussionist Javier Saume. In addition, he performs solo flamenco guitar concerts. Along with earning a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University (1994), Martin travels to Spain every year to deepen his study of flamenco. Martin Studies at an amazing flamenco school in Granada, Spain called Carmen De Las Cuevas. Martin has also studied in Sevilla, Madrid, Cadiz and many other Andalusian cities. His flamenco teachers include Jorge Sánchez Martinez, Marcos Palometas, Ruben Campos, Alfredo Mesa, Flavio Rodrigues, Tino Van Der Sman and Diego Alonso. In addition, Martin has studied jazz formally with John Moulder, Akio Sasajima, Larry Gray and Alan Swain.

Martin has been sharing his love of guitar with students of all ages for over 35 years. He utilizes his Masters degree in Education from National-Louis University in 2010 to structure his approach to maximize student learning. In addition, Martin draws from his practices of Tibetan yoga and meditation to impart to his students a sense of joy, discipline, creativity and dedication to the art. Students learn from Martin the joy of having music as a life long practice. Martin was the head of the guitar program at Baker Demonstration School for 14 years. He currently teaches at Evanston Township High School and with his own studio, Metzger Music Studio, in Evanston, Illinois. Martin teaches guitar students from Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Chicago, Illinois.

Martin is a deeply compassionate, experienced, and caring educator who brings out the very best in every student. Martin gives his students a strong foundation in all aspects of musicianship, which allows them to pursue their unique direction. Martin's focus is to help each student become masterful in the fundamental skills of their chosen genres, encourage students to find their distinctive voice, and stretch beyond their limitations. The Metzger Music Studio and his professional performance ensembles are examples of his creativity, commitment to excellence, and ability to bring great people together from all walks of life.

To contact/schedule a lesson with Martin email or call 773-744-1156

Wood To Water CD

Collectively the group combines the rudimental genres of rock, jazz, and classical with traditional Eastern European, Indian, South American and Middle Eastern music. Instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, saxophones, acoustic and electric violin, acoustic and electric bass, and Irish, African and Middle Eastern hand drums and percussion.

Not only does the group utilize individual improvisation, but it also has developed its unique sound of group improvisation through esthetics and explorations, focusing on color, breath, depth and timbre. This mixture incorporates elements that are brooding, melodic, rhythmic, and dissonant.

Original compositions suggest a “coming home” feel all inspired by such diverse groups and artists such as Shakti, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Anouar Brahem, and Paco DeLucia–yet offer an off slant view to the new.

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Wood To Water CD

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601 Linden Pl. Apt. 210
Evanston, Il 60202-5701