What: Contemporary Instrumental
Where: Vancouver, BC
Born in the Czech Republic and now based in Vancouver, Martin Mayer creates music that can be described as instrumental fusion — a combination of smooth jazz, classical, pop, and rock. Mayer's European roots add a good share of thoughtful and longing soul, his North American education contributes a healthy dose of high-octane energy.
Mayer’s recordings include Destinations (1998); Live In Concert (2000), which was nominated for Outstanding Instrumental Album at the Prairie Music Awards; This is Who I Am (2003), which was nominated for Outstanding Instrumental Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards; the 2009 single “The Orphan Boy,” a year-long fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society; and more. After Mayer realized his passion for music, he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, pursued a major in piano performance at Grant MacEwan University, and won the Rachel McKeown Memorial Award for composition. Mayer’s first composition was featured in a CBC TV commercial when he was just 16 years old.