All details below are for Camp MMW 2014. There is no Camp MMW 2013 - sorry! We’re taking a year off due to complete schedule overload. However, we are now accepting applications for 2014.
Camp MMW takes place in the intimate setting of Full Moon, a beautiful Catskill Mountain resort. You and a select group will gather together for four days of intensive workshops and seminars, deep listening, musical exploration, and improvisation. No matter what instrument you play, you will expand your approach to music, improve your listening skills, and interact with other musicians in a completely fresh, innovative way. You’ll break with convention, bust out of your safety zone, and dare to try new things. Think of it as musical cross training. You might be a guitarist, and study melody with keyboardist, John Medeski. Or a horn player that works on mastering rhythm with drummer, Billy Martin. Maybe you’re a pianist that wants to develop your 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, you’ll be encouraged to experiment, test your limits, take risks, and enjoy newfound freedom in the process.
New York State’s Catskill Mountain wilderness is the backdrop to the collective creative energy of Camp MMW. You’ll be staying at the lovely Full Moon Resort, which 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. All accommodations are shared. To maintain the spirit of discovery, rooming with friends/family/romantic partners is discouraged. As a Camp MMW guest, you’ll be provided with organic, gourmet meals each day, access to Full Moon’s spring-fed, Olympic size swimming pool, hiking trails, meadows, and the Esopus Creek.
A typical day at Camp MMW begins with a buffet breakfast with your fellow campers, and the band, from 8AM to 9AM, followed by a Master Class/Seminar with MMW at 9:30AM. At Noon, you’ll break for a buffet lunch, from 12:15 to 1:15PM, followed by some free time until 2:45, when everyone breaks up into groups for ensembles and workshops 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, or who knows what! You’ll spend most of your time with John, Billy, and Chris, and participate in fun and exciting activities together throughout the week.
Camp MMW is for musicians ages 16 and up and will take place August 4 - 8, 2014.
Please read our Jazz Times feature, published October 2011. In it you’ll find more details about the program; they do an excellent job of highlighting the uniqueness of MMW’s educational approach.