Living in New York City, Martha Colby works as a freelance musician and teacher. As writer, arranger, singer and cellist, she leads her own acid folk band, the Martha Colby Project, formerly called “Thing Three”, which is a crossover band ranging from rock, to jazz and folk and then on to someplace else. She has rearranged much of her material for voice and string quartet, which she performed in several concerts in America and Europe with the Bannerman String Quartet. She is the string arranger and cellist for hip-hop songwriter, Neycha, and has been awarded several grants to compose music for choreographers Susan Hefner, and Iris Solomon. Martha has worked with such internationally renowned musicians as Matt Glaser, Billy Hart, James Newton, Tracy Bonham, Mino Cinelu, and Vanessa Carleton, and has recently been featured in Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s newest instructional videos: “Techniques for the Contemporary String Player”. She has toured internationally with The Bannerman String Quartet, Pharaoh’s Daughter and Rebecca Moore. Featured as a cellist on CD’s by various artists including Pharaoh’s Daughter, Sloan Wainwright, Annie Minogue, Mary Connelly and Illuminati, to name a few, Martha has also earned compositional credits on the CD “Homerica the Beautiful” released by the band “Homer Erotic” in 1998. She has ventured into movies as a character in a short film called “Welcome to Willieworld” directed by Scott Saunders and written by poet and co-writer Maggie Dubris, which has been featured in the film festivals throughout the country. Martha Colby earned her Bachelors degree for performance at Berklee College of Music, cum laude, and was awarded the Joe Venuti Jazz Masters award.
Experience & Education
Chamber music coach for Teacher2000 to Present (about 20 years)
Coach kids how to play chamber music, learn to listen, communicate, count and cooperate with each other through music.
cellist/ singer for Freelance cellist/backup singer1991 to Present (about 29 years)
Have been working as an NYC and vicinity musician for many years. Genres include folk, pop, funk, rock, jazz, free jazz, free ??, classical chamber, classical orchestral and my own original songs and music.
private instructor for Teacher1991 to Present (about 29 years)
Have taught individuals to play the cello or piano for for 18 years. Emphasize musicality and knowing what goes on behind the notes (ie, theory).
BA performance in cello, songwriting at Berklee College of Jazz and Heavy Metal1986 to 1990 (4 years)