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Improviso II

Purchase on Amazon here. This album was recorded by Sacha Fassaert at the Powell River Academy of Music in August of 2021, on a 9-foot Steinway D piano. In the spirit of true improvisation, these pieces came to life, without arrangements, as they would be played on my piano in my living room. 


This collection of melodies span three genres: jazz, classical, and pop.




Recorded live on August 16 and 17, 2010 at the Powell River Academy of Music on a Steinway D Concert Grand piano. We have intentionally kept a few imperfections such as noise from the inside and outside of the concert hall as well as some performance “originalities” to keep the authentic feel and sound of a live concert. In other words, what you hear on this record was produced with little or no editing… “live off the floor”.




This album was recorded on August 5, 2013 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, with recording supervisor Paul Steenhuis.


I picked some of my favourite melodies along with some of my originals. I played them in the true style of improvisation, as what you hear is the one take of the song.

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Three Shades

Recorded in Powell River, B.C., Three Shades features Canadian great Don Thompson, and myself, Walter Martella, on trumpet.

The album has a variety of jazz songs, from standards like East of the Sun, Body and Soul, to originals like Song for M, Goodnight Moon, and others by Kenny Wheeler, like Gentle Piece, and Everybody's Song But My Own. The album was recorded at the Powell River Academy of Music, recorded and produced by Paul Steenhuis.




Fission features Andreas David from Germany on drums, synths, and programming, and Walter Martella on trumpet and piano. The album has 8 original tracks, and is an exciting blend of electronic music and jazz.

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Goodnight Moon

This album was recorded by Paul Steenhuis at Strait Sound in Gibsons BC, in September 2006.


Featuring a collection of originals (with the exception of 9th century plain chant Come Emmanuel), this is Martella’s first solo piano recording. Recorded live, so what you hear is each piece’s single take.

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