Besides being musical masters, the members of avant-jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood frequently lend their talents to support worthy causes around the Hudson Valley; witness Woodstocker and MMW keyboardist John Medeski’s anti-fracking activism. Continuing the trend, this Saturday Medeski and the band’s drummer, Billy Martin, will perform as Duo Mago in a benefit for the Woodstock Day School at Utopia Studios.
In a sense, it was actually Duo Mago that begat Medeski, Martin & Wood. Medeski and Martin first began playing together as a twosome at the latter’s Brooklyn loft in 1989, which eventually led to the formation of Medeski Martin & Wood in 1991. But the two never forgot their initial two-hour jam session, and dreamed of a duet project. Thus, Duo Mago released their first album on Amulet Records in 2007, simply titled Mago. The album features Martin on drums and Medeski on Hammond B3 organ.
Here, the pair lays down their righteous grooves at a 2011 performance:
Duo Mago will perform at Utopia Studios in Woodstock on March 22 at 8pm. Tickets are $45. For information, visit http://radiowoodstock.com/home.