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 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 Fall Workshop Recap: 4 Days of Intensive Workshops and Intimate Concerts

A second four-day workshop to celebrate the Creative Music Studio’s 40th anniversary, held at the height of the fall leaf season, was a week that few will forget. Guiding artists such as Vijay Iyer, Peter Apfelbaum, Cyro Baptista, and Jason Hwang along with CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso captivated, engaged and played music with workshop participants day and night. Along with other Guiding Artists, these masters played evening concerts in unique combinations not previously heard.

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CMS Alumnus Invents New Flute and Launches Project for Guinea

Musician, composer, producer and CMS alumnus Sylvain Leroux has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a music literacy project in West Africa. He has patented a new type of flute and wants to use it to teach Guinean children the fundamentals of reading and writing music.

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World Class Musicians Headline Four Intimate Concerts in the Hudson Valley October 7 - 10

Over a dozen world-class musicians, including Brazil’s Cyro Baptista and the Open/Loose Trio, are participating in four concerts Monday, October 7 through Thursday October 10 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The musicians are taking part in the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop and will offer concerts there each night at 8:00 pm, in the Roadhouse, an intimate setting to see artists who often play large concert halls. A donation of $20 to CMS will be required at the door.

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Vijay Iyer and Cyro Baptista Join Growing List of Artists for CMS’s 40th Anniversary Fall Workshop

Pianist, composer and educator Vijay Iyer along with master percussionist Cyro Baptista are the latest Guiding Artists signed on for the Creative Music Studio's 40th Anniversary Workshop, October 7 - 11, at the Full Moon Resort just west of CMS's base in Woodstock, NY. Vijay and Cyro join other Guiding Artists such as Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Jason Hwang and many others. The deadline for this workshop registration is September 7, 2013.

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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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