November 23rd, 2015
My dream feature film Art Drug is coming to life. Over the past year I have co-written a story about young characters struggling to find their voice in New York City in the late 1980’s. It was no coincidence that I was one of them. This is based on some personal experience with a wide variety of fictional characters.
I hope you can take a look at my Kickstarter campaign which is chock full of information (film treatment, videos, credits, fantastic rewards, deals and more to come in the next weeks).
I believe we can make this vision a reality, so if you are able to help in any way please visit the Art Drug campaign.
Thank you thank you thank you!!
September 30th, 2015
Wandering by Billy Martin Limited edition hardcover
Culled from over 60 articles and 30+ years of performing, Wandering dives into my processes, concepts, successes, and failures – as a teacher, as a musician, as a human being. My vision is not only to reach other musicians, but to anyone who tries to approach the world with wonder, curiosity, and care.
This book is a roadmap I’d like to share, in hopes that it will lead you into illuminating corners of yourself that you might not have found on your own.
Wandering Music, the companion record, includes new original music written for strings, percussion, brass, electronics and more. The ‘graphic score series’ use images from many of the improvised drawings and illustrations found within the Wandering book. Solo interpretations of these pieces by music masters Cyro Baptista, Nels Cline, Anthony Coleman, David Fiuczynski, Bill Frisell, Annie Gosfield, Billy Martin, Rakalam Bob Moses, and Marcus Rojas.
book with digital download / companion record $55
March 11th, 2015
Are you looking for an unconventional approach to drumming and music?
For the time being I am available for private lessons – preferably in person, but Skype lessons can be arranged.
If you are interested and have a strong desire to learn and improve please email riddim(at)billymartin(dot)net
Intermediate and advanced level students only please.
August 25th, 2014
Five years ago, the editor of the Japanese magazine Rhythm & Drum asked me to contribute a monthly column. We called it “Profound Roots,” and within it I had free reign to explore anything that moved me: from books and movies I found inspiring to the personal experiences, musical and otherwise, that have helped shape my outlook.
Over time, I began to see these columns as a journey into the processes, concepts, successes, and failures I’d been through and learned from – as a teacher, as a musician, as a human being. These essays are all about being a drummer, but I feel the ideas and challenges they discuss can be relevant across the creative spectrum. I’m not only talking to other musicians, but to anyone who tries to approach the world with wonder, curiosity, and care.
Looking back at this selection of columns now, I see a sketched-out roadmap to some of the most fulfilling places my journey has taken me. It’s a roadmap I’d like to share, in hopes that it will lead you into illuminating corners of yourself that you might not have found on your own.
Thank you to all of my Kickstarter backers – you made this dream a reality and I am deeply grateful.
Special thanks to Editor Julia Jarcho (a playwright and director from New York City – also Assistant Professor of English and Drama at New York University) & Designer Heung Heung Chin (chief designer for John Zorn’s Tzadik imprint) – I could not have done this without you.
August 17th, 2013
A benefit record produced by Billy Martin for Howe Records
THE ROAD TO JAJOUKA is a musical tribute to the Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar. The album features new performances and remixes by western ‘master’ musicians in support and celebration of Jajouka’s rich musical and cultural traditions.
Visit Facebook.com/TheRoadToJajouka for more information.
Listen to a sample track at Something Else! Reviews.
The 180 gram LP version will be available from Amulet Records in October.
January 29th, 2013
Wicked Knee is making waves all over Europe. Stream this live radio broadcast from Internationales Jazzfestival Münster.
January 7th, 2013
My name is Billy Martin (aka illy B).
I am an experimental artist.
Most people know me as a drummer (Medeski Martin & Wood), teacher and composer. I am also a visual artist and filmmaker.
Here you will find my record label catalog, visual exhibits and educational information available to sample and purchase.
I hope you enjoy your visit! – illy B
January 4th, 2013
This is an exclusive bonus video only available in Medeski Martin & Wood’s personal documentary DVD “FLY IN A BOTTLE” (2010).