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Billy Martin

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: October 30, 1963    

Above all else, Billy Martin believes in the power of unguarded expression to capture glimpses of the truth – sometimes only fleetingly, sometimes for extended, intoxicating stretches. He pursues the ecstatic and the insightful from a variety of vantage points: as a drummer and percussionist, as a composer, as a filmmaker, sculptor, visual artist, and even as a carpenter. To varying degrees, each endeavor is marked by Martin’s dearly held belief that unfettered improvisation and an honest commitment to the moment at hand can bring about new levels of understanding, new perspectives, new sonic textures, and a more profound emotional impact. “In any circumstance, any medium,” he reflects, “you need to be sincere with yourself and with your audience. This is who you are, and you’ve got to be trying as hard as you can to create something for the situation that’s new and fresh. There are going to be some mistakes, it may not be perfect, but you’ve got to be willing to take that chance at any given moment.”...
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    Heels Over Head

    Amulet
    2013
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    Shimmy

    Victor
    2012
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    Mago

    Amulet
    2007
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    January 14 & 15 2005

    Victor
    2006
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    Solo Live Tonic 2002

    Victor
    2006
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    Live At Houston Hall

    Victor
    2005
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    illyB Eats 2

    Amulet
    2004
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