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Undead Music Fest this week: a 2nd Tonic reunion, Medeski, Martin & Wood & much more (full lineup, schedule, dates)


FOUR NIGHTS celebrating the incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City.

May 9th: A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village
May 10th: Medeski, Martin & Wood & ?? at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, featuring So Percussion, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid & more!!
May 11th: Night Of The Living DIY in Brooklyn, Seattle, Norway & more…
May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca

Lovingly and tirelessly organized by Adam Schatz of Search & Restore, and Brice Rosenbloom of BoomCollective.

The 2012 Undead Music Festival (formerly known as Undead Jazz Fest) starts Wednesday (5/9) with three shows in Greenwich Village, including a Tonic reunion happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, 5/9. (There’s a Tonic Reunion tonight at The Stone tonight, 5/7, too, unreleated to the Undead fest.)

Other Undead performers include Medeski, Martin & Wood at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Thursday (5/10) and a multi-venue Night of the Living DIY” on Friday (5/11) which includes the previously mentioned Bjorkestra show at the new Shapeshifer Lab (which meanwhile is hosting two nights of Undead-presented shows with Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black).

Four days passes are still on sale. More detailed info (performers, tickets) is available at the Undead Music website and the full schedule is below.


MAY 9th:

A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village, one ticket gets you into all three venues.

Le Poisson Rouge: A TONIC Reunion show! Curated by Melissa Caruso Scott & John Scott

Undead Marathon Night / Tonic Reunion

6pm – Doors
6:45 – Heather Greene & Ursa Minor (Heather Greene, Mino, Michelle Casillas, Rob Jost, Robert DiPietro, & Tony Scherr)
7:45 – Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio
8:15 – The Refuseniks with John Hollenbeck, Ted Reichman & Reuben Radding
9:00 – Dougie Bowne’s Peninsula with Chris Speed, Jamie Saft, Michael Leonhart & Hilliard Greene
9:30 – Short Tonic Documentary
9:40 – Billy Martin Improv with Erik Friedlander, Marcus Rojas & Calvin Weston
10:20 – Yuka C. Honda’s EUCADEMIX with Miho Hatori, Eden Rice, Jared Samuel & Michael Leonhart
11:00 – White Out w/ Bill Nace
11:30 – Elysian Fields
12:00 – Steven Bernstein’s Sex Mob
12:30 – Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra with Michael Blake, TK Wonder
1:00 – G. Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Vernon Reid

Mike Wolf DJ (1:30 /between sets)

7:00 Secret Architecture
8:00 Ohad Talmor’s Newsreel (w/ Dan Weiss, Miles Okazaki, Shane Endsley, Jacob Sacks, Matt Pavolka)
9:00 Nate Wooley Quintet (w/ Josh Sinton, Matt Moran, Eivind Opsvik, Harris Eisenstadt)
10:00 Greg Ward Trio (w/ Joe Sanders, Damion Reid)
11:00 Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor)
12:00 Joe Sanders (w/ Pat Carroll, Rodney Green)
1:00 Val-Inc

7:30 Kris Davis Trio (w/ Michael Sarin, Eivind Opsvik)
8:30 Positive Catastrophe
9:30 Stabbing Eastward (Ryan Sawyer & Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio)
10:30 Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio (w/ Ben Monder, Drew Gress, and Flin van Hemmen)
11:30 Chris Dingman’s Waking Dreams (w/ Loren Stillman, Fabian Almazan, Ike Sturm, and Jared Schonig)
12:30 Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host (w/ Darius Jones, Brandon Seabrook, Cooper-Moore, Pascal Niggenkemper)
1:30 Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense (w/ Shane Endsley, Miles Okazaki, Keith Witty, Damion Reid)



Medeski and Martin & Wood & ?….a unique night of MMW + guests, featuring 1 set of the trio, 1 set with each member of the band being replaced by a guest for a song, and 1 set of special guests sitting in with the group, featuring:

Marco Benevento
Anthony Coleman
Marcus Rojas
Oren Bloedow
Vernon Reid
Charlie Burnham
Chuck Campbell
Miho Hatori
G Calvin Weston

Taking place at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Ft. Greene, this WILL sell out, so grab a festival pass now to ensure entry into this, the Marathon show AND the Round Robin on May 12th.



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 be happening in select DIY spaces in New York City as well as all around the country. If you run, perform at, or love an artist run space anywhere in the world and would like to organize a show on May 11th, please let us know at

A full festival pass will get you in, but a donation at the door for any of these shows will get you a free Sixpoint beer, generously donated by our favorite brewers in all the land. Come engage with the community at the ground level and be floored by this amazing music.

Lineups being announced soon, but here are the participating spaces in New York City:

Seeds (in Prospect Heights)

ShapeShifter Labs (in Gowanus)

IBeam (in Park Slope / Gowanus)

The Freedom Garden (in Bushwick)

Big Snow Buffalo Lodge (in Bushwick)

more TBA!!!


Austin, TX // Houston, TX // Seattle, WA // Portland, OR // Chicago, IL // Madison, WI // Milwaukee, WI // Richmond, VA // Copenhagen, Denmark // Oslo, Norway // MANY MORE TBA!!



Improvised Round Robin Duets

17 artists enter. Arranged in a random order. Artist #1 improvises for 5 minutes solo on stage, and is then joined by #2. After 5 more minutes, #3 enters, and #1 leaves. So on. It’s a beautiful method for collective spontaneous composition, removing the ego and presenting the community in a seriously fun way.

Featuring: Mark Helias (bass), John Hollenbeck (drums), Brandon Seabrook (banjo / guitar), Hilmar Jensson (guitar), Allison Miller (drums), Amir Ziv (drums, 1st hour), Mike Pride (drums), Bob Stewart (tuba), Cooper Moore (piano), Miles Okazaki (guitar), Marika Hughes (cello), Matt Mottel (keys), Bill McHenry (tenor saxophone) and more TBA!!

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.

Search & Restore-presented shows at
5/7-5/8 – Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black
6/14: Songlines Records 20th Anniversary show feat. Brad Shepik, Ben Monder, Jim Black & Gordon Grdina
6/21, 22, 23: a Residency with Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
6/25: Rudresh Mahanthappa / Jean-Michel Pilc duo
6/29: Billy Martin & Cyro Baptista

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