Born in Barcelona in 1975, he begins his musical studies at age nine, at the Conservatory of Badalona. After a few years with the clarinet, he switches to tenor saxophone. In 1997 he graduates winning the Professional Degree Honorary Award, and in 1998 he obtains the diploma of Modern Music Specialist by the Government of Catalonia. After one season at Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1999 he studies improvisation as a private student with trombonist Hal Crook and saxophonist George Garzone.
When he comes back from the USA, his career goes definitely into jazz. Since then, he has worked with some of the most creative musicians and jazz bands of the Catalan and Spanish scenes, including Giulia Valle Group, Jordi Matas Quintet, Raynald Colom Quintet, Guillermo McGill Quartet, MA Chastang Quartet, Barcelona Big Latin Band, Joan Vidal Sextet, etc. He has also worked on projects with Francesc Capella (“Jazz On Bach”), Xavi Maureta (“Instint Animal”), Llibert Fortuny (“Big Band XXL”), Marc Miralta, Andreu Zaragoza, Tom Johnson, etc.
His work as a sideman has given him the chance to play with musicians like Eddie Henderson or Al Foster, and he has been awarded several times by the Association of Jazz Musicians of Catalonia (“Saxophonist of the Year” in 2004 and 2006, “Musician of the year” in 2003, among others). His trio with Rai Ferrer and Xavi Maureta was awarded “Best New Project” in the Jaç-Enderrock awards in 2009. He has performed at major jazz festivals in Spain and also in Europe, South America, Corea and Japan.
He has recorded more than twenty albums as a sideman, three albums as a leader ( “Alguns moments bons” FSNT 2008, “Tea Time” N57 2010, as a co-leader a duo album with pianist Sergi Sirvent ( “Diürna” Quadrant 2016) and “Cançons mecanoscrites” Temps Record 2016),
Martí Serra teaches improvisation at Taller de Músics in Barcelona, and also saxophone and improvisation techniques at the Escola de Música de Badalona, where he works since 1996.