Firebird Trust Resident Artist: Rikki Thomas Martinez
Personal Achievements to Date:
Rikki spent many years studying in Madrid with one of Spain’s leading gypsy flamenco masters ‘El Entri’ and has combined flamenco techniques with his own unique style of guitar playing. When he is not busy touring, recording and composing for Más Y Más (internationally acclaimed Latin acoustic power trio), Rikki has had a successful career as a music educator organising and delivered a wide range of educational projects and inset sessions for Local Education Authorities, The Firebird Trust, Youth Music, Creative Partnerships, Sheffield Children’s Festival, and Wider Opps. Rikki is also a filmmaker, having made documentaries, music videos and films, as well as short films for schools. He brings this knowledge and his skills as a music producer into his education work, passing these on to the participants, creating films, videos and audio recordings of their own original creations.
Firebird projects undertaken:
Rikki has had a long relationship with Firebird Trust having run many successful projects including; Motiv8 – A singing and song writing project with two other artists, Gary Hammond and David Stickman Higgins. The project was run in a number of schools in Chesterfield to encourage boys to sing. Issues of masculinity and ‘what is it to be a man?’ were explored through song and lyrics, culminating in a performances and a professional audio recording of the compositions. Pebbles in Ponds – A series of projects executed with Rikki and David Stickman Higgins in Derbyshire villages to encourage music making and creativity in the community. Songphony – A musical oral history project executed by Rikki and David Stickman Higgins, that journeyed into the past and present of the village of Brailsford. The project worked with village elders to record and film their personal stories and those of the village. This was then used to create songs and other short films.