Camp MMW 2009


Medeski Martin & Wood
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.

80,000 acres of New York State's Catskill Mountain wilderness is the backdrop to the collective creative energy of Camp MMW. The lovely Full Moon Resort features charming accommodations in either their turn-of-the-century Catskill country inn known as the Valley View House, or one of seven lodges, cabins, or cottages. The Valley View House is the center of activities at Camp MMW, and offers cozy and comfortable common areas, including a wrap-around sun porch, library and the main dining room.

A typical day at Camp MMW begins with a buffet breakfast with the band, from 8AM to 9AM, followed by a Master Class/Seminar with MMW at 9:30AM. At Noon, camp will break for a buffet lunch, from 12:15 to 1:15PM, followed by some free time until 2:45, when everyone will breaks into workshops groups with individual band members and special guests. At 6:00, everyone gathers for a seated dinner, followed by the evening's event, which might be a performance and jam sessions, or a film and discussion, a bonfire, a dance party, - OMIT or who knows what! Campers will share most meals with John, Billy, and Chris, and participate in fun and exciting activities together throughout the week.

Camp MMW runs from Tuesday, August 4, to Sunday, August 9, and is for musicians ages 16 and up. Space is limited to 80 students. Applicants must provide a recording of one's work. All instruments are welcome, with an interest in creating variety! Applications, along with pricing and detailed instructions, available on-line at Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2009.

[Published on: 3/11/09]

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BBFCFM515 Wed 3/11/2009 01:14PM
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cleemchite Wed 3/11/2009 01:16PM
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moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 01:37PM
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fucking awesome!

BRAHnnie_lott Wed 3/11/2009 01:48PM
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so is 3/11 to 311 fans what 4/20 is to kottonmouth kings fans?

BRAHnnie_lott Wed 3/11/2009 01:51PM
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oh yeah 311 sucks as do the kottonmouth kings. MMW kicks ass

newtongimmick Wed 3/11/2009 01:55PM
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311 does not suck...and do you think mmw will accept amateur musicians into their cool club?

TXfarmhouse Wed 3/11/2009 01:55PM
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This is great and even better if Chef John does some cooking!!!

headrush307 Wed 3/11/2009 02:14PM
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311 is amazing I don't understand how anyone can say they suck. They are such positive guys who've been making music for a long long time now. Happy 311 day all. 1 Month til dead tour!

kminator starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 02:32PM
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I actually attended this last year. It's great. Beautiful place, 5 days of insanely great music, instruction, socializing and hanging out. Food was delicious. Would highly recommend this to motivated musicians that appreciate what MMW has to stand for and isn't afraid to step out there.

kminator Wed 3/11/2009 02:34PM
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I neglected to mention the unending jam sessions and interaction with a group of about 80 (including the band) musicians on all different levels with all different backgrounds. Great interaction, networking and deep jams.

technopagan Wed 3/11/2009 02:39PM
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Come original! Come original!


THREE ELEVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Please God don't bring up 311 when talking about MMW.

In fact, don't bring up anyone but MMW when talking about MMW.

BRAHnnie_lott Wed 3/11/2009 02:51PM
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pornofunk Wed 3/11/2009 03:31PM
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ihob420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 03:52PM
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I've gone to a 311 show then got arrested on the way home, thats probably even worse punishment. No day in jail though.

BRAHnnie_lott Wed 3/11/2009 04:02PM
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that is a double whammy

Jeff Kash Wed 3/11/2009 04:11PM
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Jeff Kash

Is the breakfast buffet white?

mrcaldwell starstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 04:15PM
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Oh man when I first saw the title of this I thought it was gonna be a music festival like what Mountain Jam is to Gov't Mule or Camp Bisco is to the biscuits... This event sounds like a great opportunity for budding musicians and really cool, but a fest with MMW headlining every night would be like... the sickest thing ever.

River Wed 3/11/2009 05:46PM
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hell yeah!!!! MMW is sum sweet jazz!!! is this the first jazz festi?

mattchu Wed 3/11/2009 06:59PM
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can we bring up john scofield when talking about mmw?

nomemory starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 08:36PM
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between this and victor wooten's nature/ bass camp, we musicians have a lot of cool resources at our fingertips these days. Provided of course we also have a little extra flow at our fingertips. I'd love to go to camp MMW, maybe next year though... my money for the next season or so is all tied up in 09'... but that's a story for another day, and another website.

TheACDCBag starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 11:59PM
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MMW is where its at and this just prooves that these guys really are amazing people. it sounds like they would be some of the gnarliest hosts on this planet.

ps go talk about 311 elsewhere, its 3/12 now.

laxd1314 Thu 3/12/2009 08:00AM
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this sounds so much cooler than jamey aebersold's camp. but yeah, i wanna go, haven't been to a band camp in like 4 years, it's kinda weird.

radioboy starstarstarstar Thu 3/12/2009 08:28AM
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Was there any scratch dj's at last year's camp?

n-1 Thu 3/12/2009 11:23AM
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damn i wish i had two grand to blow right now.

Dire46daysWolf Thu 3/12/2009 12:29PM
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311 does not suck. mmw especially does not suck....311 day is also my birthday it just sucks they didn't play this year.

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 12:01PM
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MMW is the sound my wife makes when she kisses me. I've always liked these guys and the Wood Brothers do some great stuff as well.