Creative Music Foundation

Music is our common language

The Creative Music Foundation makes it possible to profoundly experience and express our deep connection with the transforming energies of music, our universal language. CMF programs focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication, and providing unique opportunities for musicians, students and listeners from different backgrounds and traditions to explore together, share, develop, and broaden their musical understanding and sensitivity. CMF pursues its mission through workshops, residencies, coaching, concerts, recordings and archival projects that engage both listeners and musicians in the USA and around the world.


Creative Music Foundation News

CMS Spring 2015 Workshop: Requiem for Ornette!

Guiding Artists Steven Bernstein, Amir ElSaffar, Warren Smith and CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso headlined another spectacular and particularly poignant CMS Spring Workshop, as news that CMS co-founder Ornette Coleman had died. Over 20 participants as well as Ken Filiano, and Omar and Emilio Tamez, joined in a fully immersive musical experience. A full recap and concert reviews follow. MNN

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Creative Music Foundation Receives Second Grammy Foundation Grant To Restore, Preserve and Digitize The CMS Archive

For the second year in a row, the nonprofit Creative Music Foundation has received a preservation grant from the Grammy Foundation to help restore, preserve and digitize the CMS Archive, 551 concerts conducted at the Creative Music Studio in the 1970s and 1980s. CMF was one of only 14 organizations to receive the prestigious grant. The grant, for $13,720, will help CMF digitize 121 newly discovered recordings in the CMS Archive, which is being preserved and housed by the Columbia University Library.

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Peter Apfelbaum, Billy Martin and Rudresh Mahanthappa Join CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso To Lead Fall 2015 Workshop, October 5 – 9

Composer/multi-instrumentalist and Creative Music Studio alumnus Peter Apfelbaum, master percussionist/educator Billy Martin, and composer/saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will join CMS Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the Creative Music Studio Fall 2015 Workshop Intensive, October 5 – 9, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.

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CMS Archive CDs Receive Critics’ Praise

The first three-CD set from the Creative Music Studio Archive Project has gotten critically positive reviews around the world. "Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Volume 1" received praise in Downbeat, JazzIz, JazzTimes, The Wire, Cadence, and many others.

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Amir ElSaffar, Steven Bernstein, Warren Smith and CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso To Lead Spring 2015 Workshop, June 8-12

Composer/multi-intrumentalist/vocalist and educator Amir ElSaffar, composer/trumpeter/bandleader and CMS veteran Steven Bernstein, and percussion master Warren Smith join Creative Music Studio Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring 2015 Workshop intensive, June 8 – 12, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.

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Autographed Ornette Coleman Photo Fundraising Campaign

To help incentivize year-end, tax-deductible donations to the nonprofit Creative Music Foundation, six stunning, signed and numbered limited edition 17”x22” photos of Ornette Coleman from 1969 are now available. Elliott Landy, the legendary Woodstock photographer and long time CMS supporter, is generously donating six high-quality prints for CMF to use for fundraising. Both Ornette and Elliott have signed them!

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The Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra Performs Its 78th Concert! — Thursday, November 20 at The Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY

The Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra continues its fall season on Thursday, November 20, at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn with the 78th performance since its inception in 2011. The KBIO is an orchestra of 30 or more professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists who turn improvisational ideas developed in the open workshop/rehearsals at 7:00 pm into fully formed performances that begin at 8:15.

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CMS and Karl Berger Recordings Reviewed

Downbeat Magazine (December 2014) reviewed the first recordings from the CMS Archive, CMS Archive Selections Vol. 1 (Innova). And, Karl Berger’s recent trio CD, “Gently Unfamiliar” (Tzadik) and his duets with Ivo Perelman, “Reverie” (Leo), were reviewed in the November, 2014 issue of the NYC Jazz Record.

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CMS Premieres Music from the CMS Archive Project; Open Studio Listening Session at 4pm on Sunday, November 23

The Creative Music Studio will host an ‘Open Studio’ Listening Session where music from its archive of over 550 rare concert recordings made in Woodstock in the 1970s and 1980s will be played. A Q&A with CMS co-founder and artistic director, Karl Berger, will follow and light refreshments will be served. The Open Studio Listening Session, Sunday, November 23 from 4:00 – 5:30pm is free and open to the public. It will take place at CMS’s studio in Woodstock. Seats are limited and an RSVP is required (845-679-8847) or creativemusicfoundation1@gmail.com.

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CMS Fall Workshop Recap – Another Ear-Bending Experience

Guiding Artists John Hollenbeck, Marty Ehrlich, Steve Gorn, Badal Roy and CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso headlined another spectacular Creative Music Studio workshop in the Western Catskills, framed by blazing fall colors and equally blazing music. They were joined by Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Ken Filiano, Harvey Sorgen and Omar Tamez, in addition to over 20 participants, in a fully immersive musical experience. A full recap follows.

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CMS Advisory Circle

Peter Apfelbaum, Steven Bernstein, Robert Browning, Mark Christman, Marc Epstein, Steve Gorn, Frederic Hand, Klaus Hekking, Laura Kaminsky, Bill Laswell, George Lewis, John Medeski, Roscoe Mitchell, Janine Nichols, Pauline Oliveros, Frederic Rzewski, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Michael Shore, John Zorn.

CMS Archive CDs For Sale

CMS recordings for Sale

The first recordings from the CMS Archive Project are available for $29 and feature rare small group, orchestral and world music gems from Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Ed Blackwell, Foday Musa Suso, Ursula Oppens, Karl Berger and many others.

Support the Creative Music Foundation

Please support the Creative Music Foundation’s programs to nurture the next generation of improvising, creative musicians and to preserve and share our music globally. Tax-deductible donations can be made with any credit card via the PayPal donate button or DAF Direct donation box below -- or by mailing a check, payable to “Creative Music Foundation,” and sending it to Creative Music Foundation, PO Box 671, Woodstock, NY 12498.



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