The Herman House presents

The Herman House (winter 2017)

The Herman House is privately owned and operated by Billy Martin. The Herman House has a fiscal sponsorship with The Creative Music Foundation. Admission to the Herman House is by appointment or invitation only.   Location and contact information







Music workshops at the Herman House

Music workshops at the Herman House



Percussion / rhythm workshops with Billy Martin (summer dates TBA)

Record your band at the Herman House

(contact us for info)


Ben Casey – Introduction to Ableton LIVE and PUSH 

FREE (limited to 25) coming soon 


FILM talk and screenings with (TBA)

Jim Stark (producer: Down By Law, Life on Earth, Coffee and Cigarettes; writer: Factotem, Mirage)

David Schwab (Francis Turnbull, The Harder They Come)

David Schwab, a screenwriter based in New York City, received an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. His thesis script, Mr. Verner’s Pygmy, was purchased by Scott Rudin. Since then Mr. Schwab has written for, among others, Warner Brothers, Animal Logic, Hollywood Pictures, Propaganda, HD Net Films, and Paramount Pictures. Mr. Schwab was the 2014 Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grantee for his script, Francis Turnbull, which was also selected at the 2013 Hampton Film Festival writer’s lab. Francis Turnbull is being produced by Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Love and Mercy, Time Out of Mind) and Wren Arthur (Prairie Home Companion). Mr. Schwab recently completed writing a sequel of the 1972 reggae film, The Harder They Come, for the independent film production company DasVentures. Starring Jimmy Cliff, it is scheduled for production in 2016.


 Liz Penta (Medeski Martin & Wood, Wood Bros manager) TBA

music business and management


FILM SCREENINGSonic Divide : a percussionists bicycle journey and his performances in the field featuring Payton MacDonald • Hosted by Billy Martin • Includes a short percussion duo performance + Q and A with Payton following the film. 


The Herman House Location and contact information



December 9th 7:30pm – Disappearing – Billy Martin solo performance and art exhibit. World premier. Curated by Brett Littman (Executive Director, The Drawing Center, NYC)  Limited to 30 people – PURCHASE TICKETS

Disappearing is a new solo performance and recording project by percussionist Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood / The John Lurie National Orchestra).

Billy Martin aka illy B, has created a series of over 50 new visual artworks on paper and canvas informing his solo improvisations. Each site-specific performance requires a guest curator to select a new arrangement from his visual series. Martin will perform each unique arrangement live, in-concert as a composition.

“‘Disappearing’ music is primarily informed by my new visual art series. In addition, there will be improvisations without visual representation. Get ready for some catharsis!”– Billy Martin (Oct. 9th 2017)

Limited to 30


Saturday March 4th – OPENING DAY at the HERMAN HOUSE

 Billy Martin workshop for Kickstarter backers only (limited to 20 persons)

3pm class PRIVATE EVENT Kickstarter backers reserve your spot here: kickstarter workshop reservation .

5pm – Allen Herman – Free Strokes (1) reservations here: Tickets discounted ‘opening day’ price $15 (limited to 25)

Allen Herman, who studied with Joe Morello and has been working with this method and Stick Control  for 50 years will present the fundamental principles of George L Stone’s Free Stroke method along with demonstrations of the Stick Control book.


Sunday March 5th 

Billy Martin workshops

1pm – 2:30pm  Yoruban Games : Pan-African rhythmic workshops – $50 tkts (limited to 20) buy tickets

4pm- 5:30pm  The Riddim book workshop – $50 tkts (limited to 25) buy tickets 


Saturday MARCH 11

 Steven Bernstein  workshop 3pm – 4:30pm  (limited to 25) $40 TKTS

exploring the universal melody

focusing on the connective tissue in music… rhythm, melody and harmony..

understanding the structure of music, and how to compliment it

-open to all players

-bring your horn or other instrument you may want to play

BEELINE concert 8pm (limited to 30 tickets) $25. 

 with Chris Cochrane (guitar), Kato Hideki (bass), Billy Martin (drums) tkts


Sunday March 12

 Brett Littman  lecture 3pm  (limited to 30 people)  $10 tkts

From Pre-Med to Running a Museum: An Art Career

Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, talks about his own personal and non-linear career-path starting when he was a student at Stuyvesant High School in NY in the 80s to becoming a museum director.   Along the way Littman was pre-med in college but ended up getting a degree in Philosophy and Poetry at UC at San Diego; made films in San Antonio, Texas; ran a variety of craft based non-profit studios in NY; started writing art criticism; and now has been the director for a decade of The Drawing Center, an internationally recognized museum in New York.


Saturday April 22

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Karl Berger 3pm (limited to 25 persons) $40.  

Karl Berger Music and Mind (1) Rhythm & Voice Workshop tkts