My name is

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

into 2013


  • A brand new record titled Heels over Head by Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee brass band is available January 8th 2013 on Amulet Records 
  • Composing and recording ‘A Festival of Percussion’ with my former students: the FANG percussion group and special guest Aiyb Dieng
  • Composing music for my second feature film Mirage (2013) by director Szabolcs Hajdu and starring Isaach De Bankolé.
  • Lots of live shows this year with MMW, Billy Martin/Wil Blades Duo and Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee
  • I am very excited to start writing and shooting a very personal film about all the great downtown NYC artists I know and love.
  • And hopefully I’ll find a little time to create some more paintings and drawings along the way!
  • oh yeah, I will be turning 50 years old this October and I hope to have a concert celebration with lots of dear friends in NYC.


2012 accomplishments in music & art

  • My first film score for director Teddy Schenk  7E (2013) was completed.
  • Crossed the 20 year threshold with my trio Medeski Martin & Wood in 2012
  • My anti-instructional “Life on Drums” was nominated ‘best educational dvd’ in ModernDrummer magazine and received the Park City Film Music Festival Silver Medal for Excellence in a Music Documentary.
  • 2 solo art exhibitions in 2012: 1.spring: MORRISON GALLERY  2.winter: ShapeShifter Lab
  • JazzTimes magazine (December 2012) put me on the cover with an in depth feature about who I am and what I do. Billy Martin: Beyond MMW – By Ted Panken
  • I have been producing a remix record for The Master Musicians of Jajouka which will feature Ornette Coleman, Flea, Lee Renaldo, Medeski Martin & Wood, Mickey Hart, DJ Logic and Marc Ribot. This record should be out in 2013. Stay tuned.