Medeski, Martin & Wood Slate MMW Camp

Hosted by musicians John Medeski, Billy Martin, and John Wood, the annual Camp MMW is an opportunity for musicians of varying levels and ages to study in the Catskill Mountains. Campers gather for five days of intensive workshops and seminars, listening, musical exploration, and improvisation.

The fourth annual Camp MMW will take place July 31 – August 5, 2011, at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. All types of musicians, ages 16 and older, are encouraged to apply.

At the camp, students are encouraged to break with convention; 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 his 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.

The camp is held on 80,000 acres of New York State’s Catskill Mountain wilderness. The Full Moon Resort features 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 and offers comfortable common areas. Full Moon Resort also has open campgrounds and a bathroom/shower facility for those students opting to camp outside.

All instruments are welcome, with an interest in creating variety! For more, visit mmw.net/campmmw.