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

Story of Creative Music Studio™ Revitalization Told In New Book: ‘All Kinds of Time: The Enduring Spirit of the Creative Music Studio’

August 19, 2016 -- The second book chronicling the Creative Music Studio’s (CMS™) decades-long contributions to creative music, All Kinds of Time: The Enduring Spirit of the Creative Music Studio, by Robert E. Sweet, has just been published. The new book describes the course of events that led to the recent resurgence of the legendary musical community and the premier study center for creative music that goes beyond traditions and beyond styles after a quiet period of nearly thirty years.

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Steve Coleman, Hassan Hakmoun and Adam Rudolph Wow Participants at CMS Spring Workshop

June 13, 2016 – Guiding Artists Steve Coleman (2014 MacArthur Fellow), Hassan Hakmoun and Adam Rudolph, along with a host of other world-class musicians, enthralled participants at the CMS Spring Workshop 2016. Joined by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Hamid Drake, Ken Filiano, Taylor Ho Bynum, Angelica Sanchez and Omar Tamez, the workshop was a study in rhythm. A full recap by Janine Nichols follows.

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Pauline Oliveros, Fabian Almazan and Steven Bernstein Join Angelica Sanchez, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso At the Creative Music Studio™ Fall Workshop, September 19 – 23

July 30, 2016, -- Composer/educator Pauline Oliveros, pianist/composer Fabian Almazan and Creative Music Studio™ Associate Artistic Director/trumpeter Steven Bernstein join CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso for the CMS™ Fall Workshop at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, September 19 – 23, 2016. Bassist Ken Filiano, pianist Angelica Sanchez and violinist/vocalist Iva Bittová, along with others to be named at a later date, will also be at the workshop. Milford Graves, previously named as a Guiding Artist for this workshop, has to travel abroad.

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CMS Improvisers Orchestra To Perform Saturdays, May 21 and June 18, 2016 At the El Taller Cultural Community Center, NYC

May 12, 2016 – The Creative Music Studio’s Improvisers Orchestra, conducted by Karl Berger, will perform two concerts at the El Taller Cultural Community Center at 215, East 99th Street in Manhattan, on Saturdays, May 21 and June 18 at 8:30pm (with a rehearsal open to ticket holders at 7:00). Since its inception in 2011, the Improvisers Orchestra, comprised of 30 or more professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists who turn improvisational ideas into fully formed concerts, has performed 85 times.

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Hassan Hakmoun and Adam Rudolph Headline Creative Music Studio™ Spring Workshop Performances June 6 – 9

Woodstock, NY, May 25, 2016 – World-class musicians taking part in the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop, including Moroccan Gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, drummer/percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph, are participating in four concerts Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9 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. Seating in the Roadhouse is limited.

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Hamid Drake, Tani Tabbal and Angelica Sanchez to Join Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph and CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso at the Creative Music Studio™ Spring Workshop, June 6 – 10

May 3, 2016, -- Drummers Hamid Drake and Tani Tabbal, along with pianist Angelica Sanchez have joined the growing list of Guiding Artists for the upcoming CMS™ Spring Workshop. They join Moroccan gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, percussionist/composer/bandleader Adam Rudolph and Creative Music Studio™ Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring 2016 Workshop intensive, June 6 – 10, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The CMS™ Fall 2016 Workshop is scheduled for September 19 – 23 featuring legendary percussionist Milford Graves and CMS Associate Artistic Director, Steven Bernstein and others. As in workshops past, bassist Ken Filiano and guitarist Omar Tamez will be on hand.

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CMS Improvisers Chamber Orchestra Debuts in NYC April 16

March 22, 2016 – The revamped Creative Music Studio will present the debut of its new Improvisers Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karl Berger with a premiere performance at 8:30 pm on Saturday, April 16 at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker Street) in Greenwich Village. A stellar lineup includes CMS Associate Artistic Directors Steven Bernstein, Billy Martin and Peter Apfelbaum, along with many others.

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Critics Excited About Second CMS Archive CDs

Woodstock, NY, March 16, 2016 – Music critics are enthusiastically praising the second three-CD set from the Creative Music Studio Archive Project. “Delicious,” “wide-ranging,” “fertile explorations, genuine adventures” and “outstanding” are just a few of the phrases that capture their impressions of this important new release. “Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Volume 2" has garnered critical raves in JazzTimes, Jazz Weekly, New York City Jazz Record, and many others.

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CMS and Ecole Fula Flute Enjoy Huge Successes in Guinea, West Africa

As a fiscal sponsor for CMS Alumnus Sylvain Leroux's Ecole Fula Flute project, CMS helped raise over $4500, providing consistent support for the school throughout 2016. More important, children enrolled in the school have made great progress in learning to play music and have appeared at the investiture (inauguration) of Guinea's new president as well as on television.

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CMF to Sponsor l’Ecole Fula Flute in West Africa

The Creative Music Foundation is acting as the nonprofit ‘fiscal sponsor’ for CMS alumnus Sylvain Leroux’s project to teach music to children in Guinea, West Africa. CMF is taking tax-deductible donations for the ‘l’Ecole Fula Flute.’ Read Sylvain’s story of how he started the school and the progress it’s made.

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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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