Disappearing – Billy Martin: piano, drum set and visual art – April 12 2018 (Amulet Records)
A wildly imaginative set of solo works on prepared piano and drum set by Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood, The Lounge Lizards, Creative Music Studio). Informed by a series of his own visual artworks, Martin recorded 3 impromptu sets of performances at The Herman House Gallery surrounded by his art.
Insightful reviews below:
“The entire album tells a riveting, lively, adventurous story (I particularly like Walking, and I enjoyed the structured pandemonium/comedy in Fatherhood). Dust is just so stirring at the end of such a fascinating journey. Simply beautiful.” – Jessica Aksoy, NY
“I didn’t think in 2018 we could still make contemporary music so effective and interesting.
This new album by Billy Martin, one of my favorite artists, both as a musician and as a “creative” in general (his painting are extraordinary), presents itself as a new lifeblood in the field of experimentation: combining research in unsuspected fields with a late romanticism that recalls the light melancholy of the woods, it’s not easy and I find this project as a serious and touching proposal. Thanks Billy once again for your expressiveness disclosed.” – Alessandro Rusignuolo, Rome, Italy
“…the prepared piano pieces sound so much like a piano player and another percussionist … some of the people I’ve played it for were sure it was two separate musicians … some beautiful Money Jungle era and Messiaen moments in there.” – Luke Augusta, Kent, CT