centre stage – Martin TeutscherBy Alison Hojbjerg • Mar 1st, 2006 • Category: People
The soundtrack to some of the very best parties and events on the Algarve is the work of multi-talented musician Martin Teutscher.
For a man used to blowing up a storm on stage, Martin Teutscher is surprisingly quiet out of the spotlight. Serious and softly spoken he may be, but there’s no doubting Martin’s charisma on stage. Music has been his life for almost all of his 40 years. A keen flautist from the age of 8, his epiphany came when he picked up his very first saxophone when he was 15.
Born in Harlem, Holland, he soon realised that his greatest musical bond was with the music associated with the Harlem 4,000 miles away: Jazz. His biggest influences? “Greats like John Coltrane and Miles Davis,” he says, “but I really do like the work of Grover Washington and David Sanborn.”
Martin studied Music and Movement at the Conservatorium in Rotterdam, paying the bills by teaching music and chefing – he even qualified as a chef, recognising that it’s not every aspiring musician who gets to live the dream. But performing was always going to be his long-term goal and, when he met up with a touring African band, he leapt at the chance to join them. He went on the road, touring all over Europe and honing his stage skills along the way. And that’s how he ended up in Portugal just over 10 years ago.
A gain for the Algarve
“The band moved on, but I decided to stay,” he recalls. Europe’s loss was the Algarve’s gain and today he bases himself in Loulé, putting together bands of anything up to seven to perform at homes and hotels up and down the coast – for private parties and wedding receptions to corporate events.
That, of course, demands a highly eclectic approach and, while his roots may be in Jazz, he’s equally at home playing Pop and Dixie, as well as the swaying rhythms of Brazilian music so popular in Portugal. Whatever musical entertainment you’re after, Martin is your man – and he can book acts and supply lighting as well as all the sound equipment.
And when he’s not on stage, you’ll find him in the studio. Watch out for a project that Martin hopes to bring to fruition shortly. “I’ve been composing my own music for some time,” he says, “and this is the year that I’m determined to produce my own CD.”
Martin Teutscher, Loulé 00351 918 106687