NEW YORK, NY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — This summer, pack up your instrument, open your mind, and enter the boundary-breaking world of Medeski Martin & Wood.
Camp MMW is an incredible opportunity for musicians of varying levels and ages, to live and study with MMW in the Catskill Mountains. Campers will gather together for five days of intensive workshops and seminars, deep listening, musical exploration, and improvisation.
Applications are currently being accepted for the second annual Camp MMW, to take place August 4 – 9, 2009 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. All types of musicians are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by April 1.
Last year's Camp MMW was a great success! John Medeski discussed the Schumann Resonance and expounded on the basic human need for sound and music, and how not to let the creative flame extinguish. Billy Martin presented the idea of rhythmic harmony, and showed how identical rhythms have permeated cultures around the world – long before the internet! Chris Wood presented a lecture by brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor called My Stroke of Insight, then went on to explain how to "serve" the music by practicing how to relax while playing. Special guests included John Scofield, Steven Bernstein, and Marc Ribot. All of this hints at what Camp MMW 2009 will be!
No matter what instrument an attendee plays, they will expand their approach to music, improve listening skills, and interact with other musicians in a completely fresh, innovative way.
Break with convention, bust out of the safety zone, and dare to try new things. Think of Camp MMW as musical cross training. A guitarist can study melody with keyboardist, John Medeski. Or a horn player can work on mastering rhythm with drummer, Billy Martin. A pianist may develop their groove with bassist, Chris Wood. There will be special guests, group collaborations, and, of course, exclusive performances by MMW. In the anything-goes, non-traditional atmosphere of Camp MMW, experimentation will be encouraged, limits tested, risks taken, and newfound freedom gained in the process. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers