By Dave Segal
A renowned drummer for Screaming Trees, Tuatara, and others, Barrett Martin is one of those treasured musicians—like Mickey Hart and Ginger Baker—who possess an omnivorous appetite for non-Western styles, in addition to rock, blues, folk, and jazz. Like those virtuosic sticksmen, Martin assimilates those elements with subtlety and inventiveness. His expansive travels to Cuba, Brazil, West Africa, New Zealand, the Peruvian Amazon, and other places led to Martin writing a book, The Singing Earth, that traces some of his inspirations and outlines his sonic theories. No doubt he’ll put many of those into practice tonight, with bandmates Evan Flory-Barnes, Andy Coe, Thione Diop, Hans Teuber, Dave Carter, and Ryan Burns.