Rafa Martín

Hurdy-gurdy and Nyckelharpa

Born in Madrid in 1961, Rafa Martín holdsuniversity degrees in Musicology and Medieval History.

He founded La Musgaña in 1987 togetherwith Enrique Almendros and José MaríaCliment and participated in their threefirst albums together as well as playingnumerous concerts and tours in both Spain and Europe.

In 1993 he helped found the Iberian hurdygurdy association (Asociación Ibérica dela Zanfona) with Jesús Reolid and LuisDelgado.

Martín joined the artistic line-up as aninstrumentalist at the Teatro de la Abadía theater in Madrid between 1995 and 1998. Throughout the years he has also given concerts and recorded with groups and musicians in a variety of styles, including with the Eduardo Paniagua Early Musicgroup, Kepa Junkera, Luis Delgado and Amistades Peligrosas.

In 2001, he presented his first solo hurdygurdy album “En la espalda del gigante”. From its conception in 2002 to its dissolution in 2005 together with Pascual Lefevre, Germán Díaz and Marc Egea, Martín wasa member of “Sinfonía Quartet”, the firsthurdy-gurdy quartet ever to exist in Spain.

From 1999 to 2011, he was part of the folk group “La Bruja Gata”. In 2011 he edited his second solo album titled “La serpiente dormida”, self-producedwith original hurdy-gurdy compositions in addition to those authored by artists including Piazzola, Falla and PascalLefeuvre.

He currently resides in Ollauri (Spain), traveling to Madrid to give hurdy-gurdyclasses at the Entresierras Escuela de Músicas Populares music school in the northern sierra of Madrid.