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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CMS Announces 2017 Season of Workshops and Concerts -- Events in Manhattan and the Catskill Mountains Feature Mary Halvorson, Nels Cline, Billy Martin and others

February 8, 2017 – CMS will present an expanded series of concerts and workshops in Manhattan and upstate New York throughout 2017, featuring a diverse line up including Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Min Xiao Fen, Billy Martin and many others.

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Peter Apfelbaum, Joe McPhee, Warren Smith, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Min Xiao Fen and CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso To Lead 2017 Spring Workshop, June 12 – 16

February 4, 2017 -- Creative Music Studio (CMS) associate artistic director Peter Apfelbaum, percussion master Warren Smith, reed player Joe McPhee, Chinese pipa player Min Xiao Fen and violist Tanya Kalmanovitch join CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring 2016 Workshop intensive, June 12 – 16 at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The workshop will be held in conjunction with a second workshop, June 19 – 23, with Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, Mark Guiliana, Allen Herman and others.

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Creative Music Studio Comes to NYC — Nels Cline and Susie Ibarra Join CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso At the Creative Music Studio NYC Workshop, March 31 – April 2

December 18, 2016 — Guitarist/bandleader/composer Nels Cline along with percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra join Creative Music Studio™ Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS™ NYC Workshop Intensive, March 31 – April 2, conveniently located at the Greenwich House Music School in Greenwich Village.

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CMS Receives New York State Council on the Arts Grant for CMS Improvisers Orchestra Performances

WOODSTOCK, NY, December 6, 2016 - The Creative Music Studio™ has received a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The $5,000 grant will support repertoire development and performances in 2017 by the CMS™ Improvisers Orchestra conducted by Karl Berger.

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Ecole Fula Flute: Update from Guinea, West Africa

Ecole Fula Flute is a music program in Conakry, Guinea, started by CMS alumnus Sylvain Leroux to further students' individual and musical development and to advance Guinean culture by bringing up a new generation of dedicated flute players. Read Sylvain’s update from Guinea.

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Creative Music Studio Comes to Los Angeles — Mark Dresser and Nicole Mitchell Join CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso At CMS Los Angeles Workshop, January 27 – 29

Woodstock, NY, November 8, 2016, -- Bassist and composer Mark Dresser along with flutist, composer and educator Nicole Mitchell join Creative Music Studio Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the first-ever CMS™ Los Angeles Workshop Intensive, January 27, 28 and 29 at PicRow, conveniently located at 736 Seward Street in Hollywood, CA. Other artists will be named at a later date. Scholarship opportunities are available.

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CMS Improvisers Octet Presents 50th Anniversary Tribute to Don Cherry Recordings In Saturday, November 5 NYC Performance

Woodstock, NY, October 7, 2016 – CMS will present a 50th anniversary tribute to Don Cherry’s landmark 1966 recordings featuring the all-star CMS Improvisers Octet led by Karl Berger with a special performance on Saturday, November 5 at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker) in Greenwich Village, NYC. The performance begins at 8:30. Tickets are $20 at the door and include a CMS Archive Project CD. The group will explore themes from Don Cherry’s ‘Symphony for Improvisers,’ ‘Where is Brooklyn?’ and ‘Complete Communion,’ using pieces from these timeless recordings as launching pads for improvised interpretations that weave together jazz, world music and contemporary music.

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Pauline Oliveros, Fabian Almazan and Steven Bernstein Go Deep at CMS Fall Workshop – Read Kurt Gottschalk’s Recap

Guiding Artists Pauline Oliveros, Fabian Almazan and CMS Associate Artistic Director Steven Bernstein, joined by Iva Bittova, Ken Filiano, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and others, generously shared wisdom, music and Catskills comedy with 20 participants during CMS’ Fall Workshop 2016. Writer Kurt Gottschalk captured the spirit in his recap of the week.

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CMS Improvisers Orchestra To Perform Saturdays, September 24, October 22, November 19 and December 10 at the El Taller Cultural Community Center, NYC

September 16, 2016 – The Creative Music Studio™ Improvisers Orchestra, conducted by Karl Berger, will perform two Saturday night concerts at the El Taller Cultural Community Center at 215, East 99th Street in Manhattan, on September 24, October 22, November 19 and December 10, 2016 at 8:30pm (with a rehearsal open to ticket holders at 7:00). Since its inception in 2011, the CMS Improvisers Orchestra, comprised of 20 or more professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists has performed 85 times.

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Pauline Oliveros, Fabian Almazan and Steven Bernstein Headline Creative Music Studio™ Fall Workshop Performances September 19 - 22

September 12, 2016 – World-class musicians taking part in the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop, including Kingston, NY-based composer/educator Pauline Oliveros, Cuban composer/pianist Fabian Almazan and composer/bandleader/trumpeter Steven Bernstein are among the musicians participating in four concerts open to the public, Monday, September 19 through Thursday, September 22, at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The concerts start each night at 8:00 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.

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