Billy Martin (aka illy B) of Medeski Martin & Wood  in concert

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Billy Martin (aka illy B) of Medeski Martin & Wood in concert

Medeski Martin & Wood's percussionist performs a solo set utilizing percussion instruments, found objects, voice, flutes, and bird calls.

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White Feather Farm 1389 New York 212 Saugerties, NY 12477

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The Theoria Foundation at White Feather Farm presents a solo performance by percussionist Billy Martin, of Medeski Martin & Wood.

This unique and soulful set will utilize percussion instruments, found objects, voice, flutes, and bird calls.

Billy Martin is a composer, percussionist, visual artist, educator and record producer, as well as the Executive Artistic Director and CEO of the legendary Creative Music Studio.

This concert is intended for audiences of all ages.

Doors open at 7:00; the performance begins at 7:30.

The performance lasts approximately one hour, and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door and $10 for students at the door.

Proof of vaccination required at the door, masks are optional.

In order to help maintain our historic performance space, we kindly ask that you refrain from wearing high heels and leave your pets at home. Professional recording is prohibited, and we are a no smoking property. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Read more about Billy Martin below, and at www.BillyMartin.net.

Learn about the Theoria Foundation at www.theoria.org.

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About Billy Martin:

Billy Martin was born in NYC in 1963 to a Radio City Rockette and a concert violinist. At age 17, he devoted himself to music and dove into Manhattan’s thriving, eclectic musical landscape. In the years to follow, he honed his craft everywhere from Broadway orchestra pits to Brazilian nightclubs and burgeoning underground performance spaces.

From the roots of the downtown scene he emerged with Medeski Martin and Wood, bridging the harmonic complexity of jazz, the conversational fluency of free improvisation, and the groove and swagger of classic R&B and funk. A series of albums and high-profile collaborations with John Scofield, John Zorn, iggy Pop, Natalie Merchant, and others, brought the band international acclaim.

Martin has relentlessly pursued diverse musical contexts, from free improvisation to chamber compositions to film scores. Much of his work is available via his Amulet Records label, which recently released the Road to Jajouka—a series of collaborations (produced by Martin) between the Master Musicians of Jajouka and such artists as Ornette Coleman, Flea, Marc Ribot, John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Bill Laswell, Mickey Hart, MMW and more.

Martin is also an accomplished filmmaker and visual artist, whose work has been exhibited in solo and group installations around the world including 2014’s Cartegena de indias Bienal in Colombia and the Drawing Sound series at The Drawing Center in NYC (2015).

What began for Martin as tireless enthusiasm for music, percussion, and improvisation evolved into a wide ranging search for the roots of inspiration. Among the most valuable undertakings in this ongoing exploration is teaching. “When I teach,” he explains, “I learn and discover methods to build my vocabulary and style, and I love to help others do the same”.

His experiences as a teacher, student, and musician led him to create and direct Life on Drums, a cinematic exploration of percussion and the creative process with his childhood drum instructor, Allen Herman.

Billy is currently Executive Artistic Director and CEO of the legendary Creative Music Studio.

He also owns and manages his own record label, Amulet Records.

www.BillyMartin.net

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