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Medeski Martin & Wood FLY IN A BOTTLE

NTSC ALL REGIONS DVD / WIDESCREEN /
87 MINUTES




 

Taking a look into the minds and lives of Medeski Martin & Wood, drummer/percussionist Billy Martin directed the first feature film in the band's history titled, Fly in a Bottle.

Working through a yearlong period of personal 16mm film and HD camcorder footage of MMW on the road and in the studio during their Radiolarians recordings, the film provides an extremely intimate portrait of the band. It highlights the trio's intricate relationships with eachother and with the music they have worked to create over 20 years as a band.

This DVD provides fans and critics unprecedented access to the band during their everyday lives as a band. It's real, raw and highly personal.

Release date: October 25th, 2011







 

Billy Martin's LIFE ON DRUMS

NTSC ALL REGIONS DVD / WIDESCREEN /
153 MINUTES





*** Nominated Best Educational DVD 2012 Modern Drummer Readers Poll

From the ears, eyes, and hands of renowned percussionist and educator Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), Life on Drums is a striking examination of the drummer’s art, captivatingly rendered with cinematic grace and intrigue. As relevant to experienced musicians as it is to newcomers, Life on Drums combines candid, wide-ranging conversations with Martin’s first drum teacher Allen Herman and beautifully filmed performances of Martin’s compositions for percussion ensemble and improvised trap set solos and duets. The film’s distinct elements work together to impart a refreshing approach to instruction that prizes the creative and the intuitive over the merely technical. The resulting film — fiery and passionate yet practical and insightful — is a riveting extension of Martin’s open-ended approach to percussion, improvisation, and music.






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BILLY MARTIN IN CONCERT
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NTSC ALL REGIONS DVD / WIDESCREEN / 74
MINUTES / LIMITED EDITION OF 500





Billy Martin
balaphones, gongs, mbiras, caxixi, pandiero, congas, drum set

Billy Martin was commissioned by Houston Community College Department of Fine Arts to perform at the Heinen Theater. The school set the stage and documented what proved to be one of his best solo performances to date. Billy performed some of his Black Elk Speaks compositions including new music for balaphones, gongs, mbiras, caxixi, pandiero, congas and drum set. The solo performance is 1 hour. Included is a 14 minute slide show with personal commentary about his master class,the instruments and philosophy behind his compositions and performance.




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