Residency Dates: October 11, 2020 - October 31, 2020
Application Deadline: June 30, 2020

Billy Martin Community Outreach – Via Zoom | Monday, October 26, 2 PM  Click here to register for this free program.

Born in New York City in 1963, percussionist, composer and visual artist Billy Martin dedicated himself to music full-time at age 17—casting himself into Manhattan’s thriving, eclectic musical landscape. He carefully honed his craft everywhere from chamber orchestra stages to Brazilian nightclubs to the underground performance spaces that nurtured the burgeoning downtown improv community. He has published anti-instructional films, literature, artwork and music worldwide. He is currently the executive director and CEO of Creative Music Studio a not-for-profit foundation (founded 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman) to expose musicians from all backgrounds to the art of improvisation.

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Avant-percussionist Billy Martin named as Atlantic Center Master Artist for fall 2020 – Posted By Matthew Moyer, Orlando Weekly

Residency Statement

I am looking forward to working with musicians from all backgrounds to discuss the creative process and performing together in a casual workshop setting. We will primarily focus on strategies that help develop our own sound vocabulary and how to develop personal ways of composing and/or improvising. We will also work together using visual cues, graphic scores, musical game pieces and listening exercises. Various topics will range from listening, making sound, using silence, phraseology, rhythm, acoustics, timbre, ‘chemistry’, inherent character, impressions, performance art, to philosophical conversations.

Application Requirements

  1. Letter of intent: What are your goals, interests, problems, questions, expectations, and other notes regarding this residency?
  2. What instrument (s) do you play, and tell me about your playing experience?
  3. A short biography

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance.

For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: FREE! Click here to Apply!  ($25 fee has been waived)

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