Join us for a three-hour master workshop in rhythm and improvisation with experimental percussionist / artist Billy Martin. Billy is an American composer, percussionist, visual artist, educator and record producer. He is well known for his expressive jazz drumming with Medeski, Martin & Wood in which he combines traditional jazz, world rhythms, funk grooves and layers of textural soundscapes.
The class will be open to all instruments and all levels are welcome. We will be playing, listening, and improvising together under Billy’s guidance. The event will start at 2:00PM with Dean Johnston’s approach to playing Moroccan rhythms and grooves on drum set, and give the direction back to Billy at 2:30. Take a short break at 3:20ish. Class will finish around 5:00PM.
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Refreshments from local, downtown, restaurants will be available throughout the class. Billy will have some of his original works at the gallery and will be for sale. Street Parking as well as Parking Lot behind store available.
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.
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”
For more about Billy Martin check out his website here: http://www.billymartin.net/about/