14 E. Cache La Poudre St. (North of Armstrong Hall) (map)
Aurelio Martinez was born into a family possessing a long and distinguished musical tradition in the small Garifuna community of Plaplaya in Honduras. He began playing guitar as soon as he was old enough to hold the instrument. By the age of six he was regularly playing drums at social gatherings. Inspired by his grandmother and his father, Martinez gathered a vast repertoire, which later enabled him to develop his own style. Noted for both his preservation and modernization of the Paranda musical tradition, Martinez's virtuosity is found in his distinctive, penetrating vocals and his talent as a composer.