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

First Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Recordings Now Available — Rare Small Group, Orchestral and World Music Recordings

The rejuvenated Creative Music Foundation has just released the first compilation CD set comprised of music from the CMS Archive Project, nearly 500 concerts that took place at Woodstock’s legendary Creative Music Studio between 1973 and 1984. The 3-CD set, Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1, featuring Ed Blackwell, Charles Brackeen, Olu Dara, David Izenson, Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Ursula Oppens, Frederic Rzewski, Musa Suso, Nana Vasconcelos and many others, is being distributed by the American Composers Forum/Innova Recordings. It is full of rare recordings and musical combinations divided into Small Ensemble, Orchestral and World music performances.

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Joe Lovano, Henry Threadgill, and Tyshawn Sorey Named Guiding Artists for CMS Spring 2014 Workshop

The Creative Music Studio continues its resurgence, offering the first of two four-day workshops in 2014 at the well-appointed Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Master musicians/educators Joe Lovano, Henry Threadgill, Tyshawn Sorey, Marilyn Crispell, Peter Apfelbaum, Warren Smith and Judi Silvano will join CMS Artistic Directors Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring workshop intensive, June 9 – 13. Registration deadline for is May 19, 2014.

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Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra Announces Spring Performances at Shapeshifter Lab and El Taller

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra starts its new season at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab and at El Taller on New York’s Upper West Side, beginning April 3. Founded in 2011, KBIO has performed over 60 times with a revolving cast of nearly 75 professional musicians. Each show features an open workshop/rehearsal, followed by a full performance.

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Music Literacy Project Update – Notes from Guinea, West Africa

CMS alumnus Sylvain Leroux (flutist & saxophonist, etc.) is in Guinea, West Africa, launching a music literacy project he created and funded through a Kickstarter campaign. His project aims to develop a pedagogic music literacy method based on the use of his recently patented invention, the “chromatic tambin.” Sylvain wrote to us with an update from Guinea on how the project is progressing .

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CMS Archive Project CD Selections In Production

The first volume of the Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Series is in production. Preserved through digitization and re-mastering, the audio files and package designs were sent to Innova, the recording label of the American Composers Forum, in late January. CD box sets, containing rare material by Charles Brackeen, Ed Blackwell, Oliver Lake, Nana Vasconcelos, Ursula Oppens and others, will hit retail shelves in April.

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CMF Reaches HatchFund Goal – Campaign Extended to February 28

The Creative Music Foundation’s crowd-sourcing campaign with the HatchFund, the nonprofit crowd-sourcing organization dedicated to the arts, met its minimum goal of $4,000 to support the CMS Archive Project. Due to this success, HatchFund is extending the campaign to February 28 with the aim of helping CMF reach its maximum goal of $11,000. CMF’s relationship with the nonprofit American Composers Forum enabled it to work with HatchFund. The campaign will help CMF restore, digitize and preserve rare recordings from over 500 concerts that took place at the Creative Music Studio between 1973 and 1984. Artists include: Jimmy Giuffre, Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Olu Dara, Colin Walcott and Cecil Taylor, among hundreds of others.

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Karl Berger and Kirk Knuffke Record in Woodstock

Karl Berger and cornetist Kirk Knuffke recently recorded an album of duets at Sertso Studio In Woodstock, NY. The collaboration is an outgrowth of the work they did together at CMS's Fall 2013 Workshop. During performances at the workshop, the two noticed a strong musical chemistry and realized they had to work more together.

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CMS Announces 2014 Workshops June 9 – 13 and September 30 – October 4

The Creative Music Studio continues its resurgence, offering two four-day workshops in 2014 at the well-appointed Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Like its predecessors in 2013, the workshops – June 9 – 13 and September 30 – October 4 -- will feature renowned musicians and educators from all over the world and from many of the world’s musical traditions. They will join CMS Artistic Directors Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso exploring CMS’s “Music Mind” practice that focuses on the common elements of all music, inspiring awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication. Registration deadline for the CMS’s Spring Workshop is May 19, 2014.

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CMF and HatchFund Team Up To Support CMS Archive: Deadline January 30

The Creative Music Foundation has partnered with HatchFund, the nonprofit crowd-sourcing organization dedicated to the arts, to raise $4,000 to support the CMS Archive Project. CMF’s relationship with the nonprofit American Composers Forum enabled it to work with HatchFund. The campaign, running until January 30, 2014, will help CMF restore, digitize and preserve rare recordings from over 400 concerts that took place at the Creative Music Studio between 1973 and 1984. Artists include: Jimmy Giuffre, Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Olu Dara, Colin Walcott and Cecil Taylor, among hundreds of others.

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Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra Returns to Shapeshifter Lab

On Thursday, November 7, Karl Berger's Orchestra of 25+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists returns to Shapeshifter Lab in Park Slope, Brooklyn, 18 Whitwell Place for its 62nd performance in New York.

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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, John Zorn.

CMS Guiding Artists

The Creative Music Foundation and its educational program the Creative Music Studio were founded by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Ornette Coleman. CMS was considered the premier study center for creative music in the 70s and 80s. Over 100 Guiding Artists came to CMS to teach, including: Don Cherry, Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gorn, Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Pat Metheny, George Lewis, Lee Konitz, Nana Vasconcelos, Trilok Gurtu, Collin Walcott, Oliver Lake, John Cage, Ismet Siral, Ed Blackwell, and Cecil Taylor.

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 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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Creative Music Studio Workshop - Fall 2013