Given enough funds, and unlimited vacation time from my day job, I’d head to the Catskill Mountains this August for the second annual Camp MMW.
It’s a chance for musicians to interact with each other and with the guys in Medeski Martin and Wood — keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood.
The camp, to be held Aug. 4-9 at Full Moon Resort near Kingston, N.Y., offers musicians of varying skill levels the opportunity to learn from MMW — in master classes and more intimate sessions — and to create new music for themselves.
In addition to the seminars/workshops/lessons are performances by MMW and their guests, and other special events.
The cost is $2,000, which includes food and lodging, and the application date is May 1. Only 80 musicians — 16 years old or older — will be accepted, and a “virtual” audition, via musical samples submitted in MP3, is required for admission.
For more information, check the site.
Those without the wherewithal to get to Camp MMW can always check out the band on tour, including a May 2 show in New Orleans, during the second weekend of Jazz Fest.
MMW Tour dates.