2012 Undead Music Festival Set for May 9-12

More than 200 musicians will play in over 20 venues worldwide

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Medeski Martin & Wood

The 2012 Undead Music Festival will return on May 9-12, and this year the festival will expand beyond New York City, with more than 200 musicians in over 20 venues across the country and beyond. Presented by BOOM Collective and Search & Restore, the Undead Music Festival will be preceded by a two-night residency on May 7 and 8 with the NYC premiere of the new trio BBC (Tim Berne, Jim Black, Nels Cline) at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, 18 Whitwell Place ( Shapeshifter Lab ).

The festival officially kicks off on May 9 with the multi-venue Undead Marathon Night featuring over 25 groups performing at three Greenwich Village venues (Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall and Kenny’s Castaways). The festival will continue on May 10 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene with “Medeski Martin & Wood & ?” The event will feature John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood performing three different sets. First MMW will perform a full set. Then MMW will perform while each member is replaced by a guest for a song; guests will include Marco Benevento, Anthony Coleman, Marcus Rojas, Oren Bloedow, G Calvin Weston and Adam Deitch. In the final set MMW will perform with friends sitting in with the trio; guests will include Vernon Reid, Charlie Burnham, Chuck Campbell, Miho Hatori and others to be announced.

On May 11, the Undead Music Festival will presents Night of The Living DIY, described as “a celebration of the artists running the asylum, cutting out the middle man and presenting dynamic instrumental, improvised, jazz and otherwise music in the homes, warehouse and artspaces that suit the music, truly allowing anything to happen.” Performances will take place in select DIY spaces in Brooklyn, Chicago, Austin, Houston, Seattle, Portland, Richmond, Madison, Milwaukee, Oslo, Copenhagen and more.

The festival concludes on May 12 with the night of Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca. Seventeen artists enter, arranged in a random order. Artist #1 will improvise for five minutes solo on stage, and will then be joined by #2. After five more minutes, #3 will enter and #1 will leave, and so on. The full roster will be announced soon.

The Undead Music Festival is again offering a full festival pass, which allows entry into any of the shows between May 9-12 for $55. There will also be single night tickets available each night at the participating venues.

2012 Undead Music Festival Current Lineup (Full schedule to be announced soon)

Adam Deitch

Anthony Coleman

Brandon Seabrook

Charlie Burnham

Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor)

Chris Dingman’s Waking Dreams (w/ Loren Stillman, Fabian Almazan, Ike Sturm, and Jared Schonig)

Chuck Campbell

Davis Trio (w/ Michael Sarin, Eivind Opsvik)

Dougie Browne’s Peninsula

G Calvin Weston

Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host (w/ Darius Jones, Brandon Seabrook, Cooper-Moore, Pascal Niggenkemper)

Greg Ward Trio (w/ Joe Sanders, Damion Reid)

Hilmar Jensson

Jamie Saft’s New Zio Trio

Joe Sanders

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense (w/ Shane Endsley, Miles Okazaki, Keith Witty, Damion Reid)

Marco Benevento

Marcus Rojas

Mark Helias

Medeski Martin & Wood

Miho Hatori

Nate Wooley Quintet (w/ Josh Sinton, Matt Moran, Eivind Opsvik, Harris Eisenstadt)

Ohad Talmor’s Newsreel (w/ Dan Weiss, Miles Okazaki, Shane Endsley, Jacob Sacks, Matt Pavolka)

Oren Bloedow

Positive Catastrophe

Secret Architecture

Sex Mob

Stabbing Eastward (Ryan Sawyer & Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio)

Ted Reichman

Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio (w/ Ben Monder, Drew Gress, and Flin van Hemmen)

Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra


Vernon Reid

Vinicius Cantuaria Sextet

White Out w/ Special Guests

Yuka Honda

Tickets & Information:

– Four-Day Full-Festival Passes are available to the General Public for only $55.

– May 9th (Three-venue Marathon & Tonic Reunion Show) Single-Day tickets are available to the General Public for $25 advance, $30 door.

– May 10th (MMW+Guests) tickets are available to the General Public for $30 advance, $35 door.

– May 11th (DIY Night) tickets will be available soon.

– May 12th (Improvised Round Robbins) tickets will be available soon for $15.

The full Undead Jazzfest schedule will be announced soon. Check Undead Music for updates.