A professional bass player from Montreal
(Canada), Martin Letendre was born in Drummondville and
started playing bass at age 13. He was very fortunate
to have a great music program in high school and had private
lessons from the start.
Among the years Martin had the chance
to study with some of the best players in Canada, including
Alain Caron, Sylvain Bolduc (Celine Dion) and Guy Boisvert.
Those persons not only taught him how to become a great
player, but most importantly to act like a professional.
In order to pursue his music career, Martin
moved to Montreal in 2000. Since then he's doing freelance
work with many artists, bands of all styles and studio
work. Martin sincerely enjoys having the chance to play
with some of the best musicians of the Montreal scene,
and being involved in so many different projects is a
true musical gift for him.
He had the chance to tour Europe in 2000,
2004 and 2008, playing events like the Montreux Jazz Festival
and also the Vienne and Fribourg Jazz Festivals in France
and Switzerland. In Canada, Martin has played the Montreal
Jazz Festival, Francofolies, Montreal Drum Fest and toured
the province of Quebec more than a few times. He truly
enjoys being on the road and thinks that travelling playing
music is a chance that musicians have.
Since 2005 Martin is a partner at Studio
Kaboom, a recording studio for singers/songwriters where
the studio also provides professional musicians to the
artist. Martin does all the bass tracks and also co-produce
some of the recordings. For him, this is an exceptional
chance to work with a wide range of artists from different
music styles while helping upcoming artists.
For 9 years, he also teached his instrument
privately in a specialized in music high school, training
many of today's young bassists while also conceiving the
electric bass program approved by the ministry of education.
For 5 years, Martin
also got a solid experience by having the position of
touring director, stage manager and band gear for the
In 2006 and 2007, Martin was also chosen
as a clinician and product specialist for Ashdown bass
amplifiers and MTD basses, playing at music industry shows
like the MIAC and SSSIM, both Canadian shows associated
to the NAMM.
Since 2007, he's also involved in Victoriaville
en Chansons, a singer/songwriter contest where Martin
plays in the house band and also judge the auditions.
2008, Martin was lucky enough to be profiled in Bass
Player magazine (USA). Later in the same year, he was
also involved in composing and recording the music for
the movie Mr. Kovacs.
Finally, since a few years Martin had
the chance to work with many of Quebec's most renowned
artists such as: Marc Déry, Dumas, Ima, Florence
K, Jonas, William Deslauriers, David Jalbert, Wilfred
Lebouthillier, Pascal Chaumont, Stéphanie Bédard,
Marco Calliari, Dawn Tyler Watson and Les Chick 'N Swell.
Since 2012, Martin is endorsed by SIT