Christopher Martinez Joins Olivela

Christopher Martinez has joined Olivela as executive creative director.
In his new role, he will have creative oversight across different departments, working to define Olivela’s retail concept.
Olivela has a mission-focused luxury-shopping destination. Launched in June with 12 designer brands, the site – which now has over 30 designer brands – has a mandate to provide 40 percent of the proceeds from purchases to charity to help kids around the world.
Martinez was formerly digital creative director of Barneys New York, where he oversaw the redesign of Barneys.com and TheWindow.Barneys.com. Previous positions include senior art director of T: The New York Times magazine, art director of Esquire, as well as London-based publications Time Out and NME.
Olivela was founded by Stacey Boyd, a former educator who also founded Schoola, which sells gently used merchandise to support schools in need. The company in August named Ariel Foxman as its chief brand officer.
Boyd said of Martinez: “His expertise will guide, focus and distinguish Olivela’s creative identity as it continues to expand and develop in exciting new directions.”

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Cuban Percussionist and Vocalist Pedrito Martinez: A Look Back on the Journey Thus Far

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By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 9, 2017

Unless something unexpected happens (and given this political season, it’s a great possibility), 2017 will fill the air with more Cuban music by the best the island nation has to offer. Cuba has quickly become a destination for musical talent in the U.S. in search of the source of all popular music today. And then there are the U.S.-based artists who are celebrating the bridge being reopened between the two countries. A prime example: percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martinez who has performed with a range of artists searching for top-tier percussion including Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera and Bruce Springsteen. He is also lauded by the great Latin jazz star Rubén Blades, who says, “In a musical world so filled with counterfeit output, it is refreshing to see a genuine talent like Pedrito emerge. Always curious, forever searching, restless, he’s the type of artist whose product is forever fresh and vital.”

Pedrito, who calls New Jersey home these days, grew up in Cuba, was schooled in the Afro-Cuban tradition in the streets of his barrio, made the journey to the U.S. through his prowess on the congas, then returned to his homeland a few years ago to record his latest album…a true sign that the thaw has begun.

ZEALnyc presents the life-story bio of the Cuba-born maestro of the beats in a five-part series; click on the links below to read each of the features.

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Part 1: Percussionist and Vocalist Extraordinaire

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Part 2: His Cuban Childhood and Influences

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Part 3: Moves to the U.S.

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Part 4: Returns Home to Record

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Part 5: Looks to the Future


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Pedrito Martinez performs with Alfredo Rodriguez on February 9 and 10 at Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Cover: Pedrito Martinez; all photos: Danielle Moir.
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Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor at ZEALnyc, writes frequently for noted Jazz publications, including DownBeat and Rolling Stone, and is the author of Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes and Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear.

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A new concert series ‘Voices on the Hudson’ premieres next week at City Vineyard

‘Exhibitionism–The Rolling Stones’ is a ‘rocker’s Nirvana’

For all the news on New York City arts and culture, visit ZEALnyc Front Page.

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New – Marsha Martinez lives with her father and step-mother. Most of the attention is taken up by their new baby, but Marsha also has to put up with her two step-sisters, Zadie and Rochelle, and her step-brother. Zadie’s OK, but Rochelle hates Marsha, secretly jealous of her looks. Zadie enters Marsha’s photo into a national contest to find ‘The Face of the Year’. When Marsha unexpectedly wins through to the final, the heat is on. Enjoying the London sights with Zadie, Marsha is determined to ta

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