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.

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Jack DeJohnette, Marilyn Crispell, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Gorn, Marc Black And Many More To Perform Two Benefit Concerts Celebrate Ingrid Sertso’s Recovery

Two upcoming concerts will celebrate vocalist/poet and Creative Music Foundation co-founder Ingrid Sertso’s recovery from a four-months-long hospitalization. Proceeds from the concerts will help to offset the staggering medical co-payments Ingrid and her family endured. They will be Monday, September 28 at the Falcon in Marlboro, NY and October 17 at the Kleinert-James Gallery in Woodstock.

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Four Concerts October 5 – 8 Offer Intimate Setting to Hear Peter Apfelbaum, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Billy Martin and Others

World-class musicians taking part in the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop, including composer/multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, Carnatic saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and percussionist/multi-media artist Billy Martin, along with CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso are participating in four concerts Monday, October 5 through Thursday, October 8 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The concerts start each night at 8:30 pm in The Roadhouse, an intimate setting to see artists who often play large concert halls or festivals. A donation of $20 to CMS is suggested at the door and seating in the Roadhouse is limited.

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Creative Music Foundation Releases Second CD Set of Rare, Critically Acclaimed Archive Recordings

Creative Music Foundation Releases Second CD Set of Rare, Critically Acclaimed Archive Recordings A torrid first encounter between avant-garde jazz titan Anthony Braxton and Marilyn Crispell, a rare chance to hear Don Cherry playing with and conducting an orchestra, and a workshop peek at the roots of the nascent “world jazz super-group” Codona are among the highlights of the Creative Music Foundation’s Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 2, to be released at retail and on iTunes and Amazon on October 15, 2015 by Planet Arts Recordings.

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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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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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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 Archive CDs For Sale

CMS recordings for Sale

The second limited edition 3-CD set from the CMS Archive Project features rare small group, large ensemble and world music gems from Don Cherry, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Collin Walcott and many more. It's just $25.

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