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

Residencies and workshops

“RHYTHM IS THE KEY” Gamalataki Rhythm Workshops series continues Tuesdays, from Nov. 13th.  CMS hosts a series of weekly GaMaLaTaKi sessions. Musicians and non-musicians are encouraged to attend the rhythm training sessions from 8:00 - 9:30pm at Photosensualis, Rock City Road. For more information, call: 845 679-5616.  

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‘Between the Notes’- Music Improvisation Residencies

‘Time is Precious, Rhythm is the Key” GaMaLaTaki Rhythm Workshops Starting Oct. 16th, CMS hosts a series of bi-weekly GaMaLaTaKi sessions. Musicians and non-musicians are encouraged to attend the 90-minute rhythm training sessions at 7:30pm at Photosensualis, Rock City Road. For more information, call: 845 679-5616.

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Oral History Program

The Creative Music Foundation Oral History Project is fully underway. In conjunction with Columbia University and its WKCR-FM radio station, CMF has recently conducted intensive interviews with Guiding Artists Olu Dara, Steve Gorn, Nana Vasconcelos, Trilok Gurtu, James Emery, Frederick Rziewski, and Alvin Curran. Additional interviews have been conducted with colleagues and students of Guiding Artists Charles Brackeen and Ismet Siral.

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Karl Berger / Ingrid Sertso Music Improvisation Residency at SUNY Albany

Karl Berger / Ingrid Sertso Music Improvisation Residency Wednesday, Oct. 3: Workshops at 2:45 and 4:15; concert at 7:00 All events are at the University at Albany, Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso will offer two workshops (and a concert) in musical improvisation on the afternoon of Oct. 3. Both workshops are free and open to the public:

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Karl Berger Performs for the 60th Anniversary of John Cage's 4'33"

Karl Berger will perform John Cage’s famous composition 4’33 at the Woodstock Artists Association Museum, August 29. 4’33 was composed in 1952 for “any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece.” Its World Premiere was in Woodstock and this is the 60th anniversary. Karl Berger is a six-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist and recipient of numerous Composition Awards. He is a co-founder, with Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, of the Creative Music Foundation and Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY. John Cage was on the CMF initial advisory board. John Cage was also one of the over 100 CMS Guiding Artists: musicians and innovators from all over the world who came to CMS to teach.

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CMS Community

To the Creative Music Studio Community: We are gathering information in preparation for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of CMS this year. If you would like to receive notices about the anniversary workshops and events or if you would like to be included in the CMS Directory and website, please send us the following: name, year at CMS, instrument, career highlights, website, contact, quote about CMS, photos and stories . Send your listing to: subject line: CMS Alumni and note if you do not want your contact information on the website. Please pass this on to all alumni that you are in contact with and let us know how to reach them. See the CMS Community page:

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Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra Oct 18 - 7:30 Workshop, 9 PM Performance continues at El Taller, 2710 Broadway, . The Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists turns improvisational ideas developed in the 7:30 pm workshop/rehearsal into a fully formed 9:00 pm orchestral performance. Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra appears at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY, Sunday Nov. 18th, and Monday Dec. 3

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Guiding Artists / Wadada Leo Smith's new release "Ten Freedom Summers"

Wadada Leo Smith's new release Ten Freedom Summers on Cuneiform Records is called "a historical and artistic high landmark achievement" (AllAboutJazz). Wadada was one of over 100 CMS Guiding Artists, luminaries of Avant Jazz and World Jazz, who came to the Creative Music Studio in the 70s and 80s to teach and to play.

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

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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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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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 or DAF Direct donation box 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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