Stridulations for the Good Luck Feast

Make Music Day

Coming together in rhythmic harmony.

Showing just how participatory Make Music Day can be, Stridulations for the Good Luck Feast by composer and percussionist Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) will accentuate June 21 in over a dozen cities.

Stridulations is a set of interlocking rhythmic pieces that anyone can join, whether or not they read music. Following an ingenious system of Xs and dots, participants play rhythmic cycles on any instrument or voice, locking together like a Samba band, or stretching out to sound like crickets calling to each other across a field.

(In fact, the word “Stridulations” refers to the sound of crickets, a species that makes music collectively.)

If you have a good sense of rhythm, and want to bring Stridulations to your town on June 21, register here to receive instructions, an excerpt of the score, and the link to a Zoom with Martin in late May to learn the piece and how to lead it.


Atlanta, GA

Location: Parking Lot of EAV Cafe 500 Flat Shoals Ave SE-

Time: 05:00 – 06:00 pm

Leader: Scotty Bryan


Cincinnati, OH

Location: Lord of Life Lutheran Church 6329 Tylersville Rd. West Chester, OH

Time: 12:00 – 01:00 pm

Leader: David Mackey


Englewood, NJ

Location: TBD

Time: 05:00 – 06:00 pm

Leader: Carolyn Enger


Hebron, CT

Location: Main Street Hebron

Time: 4:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Drew Gibson


Houston, TX

Location: Smither Park, 2441 Munger Street, Houston TX

Time: 06:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Art Gilligan


Las Cruces, NM

Location: Hubbard’s Music-n-More 108 Wyatt Drive Las Cruces, NM 88005

Time: 05:30 – 07:30 pm

Leader: Bob Hull


Madison, WI

Location: Orton Park, Madison

Time: 07:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Devin Drobka


Miami, FL

Location: SFCPA
12770 SW 125th Ave, Unit 101
Miami, FL 33186

Time: 03:00 – 04:00 pm

Leader: Neel Shukla

Modesto, CA

Location: MoRo Music Garden, 1000 I St, Modesto, CA 95354

Time: 07:00 – 08:30 pm

Leader: David Rogers


Montclair, NJ

Location: 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ

Time: 05:00 – 06:30 pm

Leader: John Sherman


Nashville, TN

Location: Centennial Park, Nashville TN

Time: 06:30 – 07:30 pm

Leader: Clifford Koufman


New York, NY

Location: Little Island (at The Play Ground), Pier 55 in Hudson River Park at W 13th St

Time: 05:00 – 06:00 pm

Leader: Billy Martin

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Pittsburgh, PA

Location: Memorial Park, Edgewood Borough, 15218

Time: 05:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Tara Yaney


Pittsburgh, PA

Location: TBD

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Leader: Jeremias Paul


Salem, OR

Location: Electric Alley, Salem OR

Time: TBD

Leader: Kaylee Bonatakis


St Louis, MO

Location: Laumeier Park St Louis MO

Time: 02:00 – 04:00 pm

Leader: Karen Nichols


Billy Martin, Composer

Best known as a member of the musical trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin is an American composer, percussionist, visual artist, educator and record producer.

Born in New York City in 1963 to a Radio City Rockette and concert violinist, Martin has honed his craft everywhere from Broadway orchestra pits to Brazilian nightclubs and burgeoning underground performance spaces. From the roots of the downtown scene he emerged with Medeski Martin & Wood, bridging the harmonic complexity of jazz, the conversational fluency of free improvisation, and the groove and swagger of classic R&B and funk. A series of albums and high-profile collaborations with John Scofield, John Zorn, Iggy Pop, Natalie Merchant, and others, brought the band international acclaim.

Martin has published three books and is currently Executive Artistic Director and CEO of the legendary Creative Music Studio, a non-profit organization in New York founded by Karl Berger, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.

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