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Venue:
Bartram's Garden5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Billy Martin's Stridulations for the Good Luck Feast

Billy Martin, percussion
Ashley Tini, percussion
Chris Powell, percussion
Pete Angevine, percussion
Michael Santa Cruz, percussion
Joe Sullivan, percussion
John Caserta, percussion

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the return of Medeski Martin and Wood percussionist Billy Martin, presenting an evening of game pieces for percussion ensemble.

 

The wide-ranging, exploratory percussionist will perform solo and conduct The Whirlygig Orchestra, a specially-assembled percussion ensemble playing on bamboo, wood, metal, pandeiro, seed pods, bird calls and other uncategorized instruments. The orchestra will perform Martin’s “Stridulations for the Good Luck Feast,” a suite of percussion compositions that could be considered a collaborative game, played not by opponents to win or lose but by a team of individuals whose primary challenge is collective improvisation. The object of Stridulations is the formation of a self-governing ensemble acting as one ‘organism’ that produces unique arrangements each performance.

 

With his inventive compositions, writes Jesse Jarnow at AllMusic.com, Martin “pushes the freely sensitive percussion style he developed in myriad downtown jazz and world ensembles into a distinct and poetic percussive voice.”

 

Billy Martin is best known as ⅓ of the influential, genre-defying trio Medeski Martin and Wood, which bridged the harmonic complexity of jazz, the conversational fluency of free improvisation, and the groove and swagger of classic R&B and funk. Prior to co-founding the band, Martin had established himself on the NYC downtown scene, working with the Lounge Lizards and the John Lurie National Orchestra, and the Brazilian music community, where he performed regularly with Pe De Boi, Batucada and several Bob Moses bands for over a decade. Martin has relentlessly pursued diverse musical contexts, from free improvisation to chamber compositions to film scores. He has collaborated with a stunning range of diverse artists, including John Zorn, Dave Burrell, Iggy Pop, John Scofield, Natalie Merchant, Maceo Parker, and many others. Much of his work is available via his own Amulet Records label. He  is also an accomplished filmmaker and visual artist whose work has been exhibited in solo and group installations around the world.