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Martin Iaies

I come from a family of musicians: my father Adrian, jazz pianist (and composer, arranger, producer, educator); my grandmother Betty, his mother, piano teacher. Obviously my first instrument was the piano. When I was 4 years old, my dad sat me down at the piano, taught me the notes on the white keys and told me to call my grandmother on the phone so that she would be the one to take care of my education. 

As a teenager, out of rebelliousness but also because of musical tastes (RAMONES, Led Zeppelin, Divididos), came the desire to play the guitar. And one day chatting with my teacher at the time, I was about 16 years old, I came to the conclusion that nothing of what I saw at school interested me. Just making music.  

Everything that came after was the same as for everyone. Developing technical skills, learning theory, discovering new music, starting to compose, forming bands. In short, maturing as a musician (and as a person). But the cornerstone was what came before, which is something that I constantly reaffirm in conversations with myself: the certainty that music is the only thing that interests me and makes me happy.  

During all these years I was able to study in different institutions and privately with tremendous teachers, both in Argentina and Austria and even in New York. But above all, I was lucky enough to play with incredible and motivating musicians and to carry out challenging projects that gave me new tools and ideas that forged me as a musician.

I am currently living in Graz (Austria), where I came in 2019 with the idea of finishing my guitar studies (that I did on 2022) but curiosity led me to continue studying and to dive into composing for large ensembles. 

I recorded in 2022 my second album NEW BEGINNINGS, to be released in October 2023 on the US label Ears and Eyes Records and which I will be performing live during 2024. In 2022 I also formed my first large ensemble, the MARTIN IAIES 10tet, a group with which we will record in 2024 the first album of the ensemble.   

At the same time I teach, compose, arrange and produce. And when I have some time left I manage to find something else related to music. As I said before, the only thing I'm interested in doing.


Album Review

Martin Iaies featuring Julian Arguelles: New Beginnings

Read "New Beginnings" reviewed by Chris May

Born in Argentina but resident in Graz, Austria since 2019, Martin Iaies' aptly titled New Beginnings is the guitarist's second album, following Rewind & FF (El Club del Disco, 2018). And it is a zinger. In Graz, Iaies completed formal guitar studies in 2022, and recorded New Beginnings the same year. He leads a quartet of Austrian-based musicians: Serbian bassist Miloš Čolović, drummer Andreas Reisenhofer and British saxophonist Julian Argüelles, the eldest player in the lineup, who ...

Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, And More

Read "New Releases From Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we present new releases from Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, Chet Baker, Wes Montgomery, Darren Pickering, Loren Stillman, Anenon, Benjamín Vergara & Amanda Irarrázabal, Nikki Iles, and Elton Dean. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Martin Iaies feat. Julian Argüelles “Pascanas # 1" from New Beginnings (ears&eyes) 00:55 Claudio Scolari Project “Light Through The Mirror" from Light Through The Mirror (Self Released) 09:18 Ahmad Jamal “Mr Lucky" from Emerald City Nights: Live ...

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“Iaies has acquired a warm and personal tone in the guitar - a tone that suits both the ballads and the songs with more temperament in them. The four young men dress each other and the music tells that Martín Iaies is a musician with an exciting career ahead of him for many decades” - Tor Hammero (NO) — Nettavisen  “Iaies manages to develop a personal and distinctive language that, based on the history of style, does not prevent him from incorporating elements that point towards the future (...). It highlights the strength and cohesion of the quartet and the versatility of Iaies both instrumentally and in its role as leader ” - Marcelo Morales (ARG) — El Intruso “The Argentine guitarist Martin Iaies makes a promising debut on disc

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Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

New Beginnings

Ears And Eyes Records


Rewind & FF

Club Del Disco



From: New Beginnings
By Martin Iaies


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