Martin Dalmasi is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1997, he was hired as a teacher at that same university and, at the same time, played and traveled with various orchestras in and around New England. While studying jazz, he was particularly influenced by masters such as Charlie Parker, Lee Morgan and Sonny Stitt.
It is worth mentioning that he is also a great admirer of Stan Getz. Martin is a progressive musician, but at the same time, is very traditional and considers the base of good jazz lies in the knowledge of the musical history of the genre, as in merengue or folklore.
Through the flute, saxophone, and piano, Martin communicates the sentiments and ideas of a dedicated Dominican musician who is making a contribution to this music.
Martin Dalmasi and Dario Estrela play at Tampa's Black Orpheus.
Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."
Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."
"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."
"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments."The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."
"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a
highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again.
I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
– Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.