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.
Sweet’s first book, Music Universe, Mind: Revisiting the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, New York, told the story of the founding of the Creative Music Studio in 1973 and traces its development through 1984, when circumstances made it necessary for CMS to suspend operations as a residential study center. All Kinds of Time picks up in 1984 and brings things up to date in 2016.
CMS’ residence workshops resumed in 2013, enabled by the strength of the community that grew out of CMS, which remained connected throughout the years. Sweet shines a light on those connections, which he credits to the indomitable creative and spiritual force of Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, who founded CMS along with Ornette Coleman. Now, in 2016, the Creative Music Studio has been revitalized as CMS 2.0. CMS’ workshops, which are now held at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, have featured guiding artists such as Steve Coleman Dave Douglas, Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Gorn, Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marilyn Crispell, John Medeski, Don Byron, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Steven Bernstein, Ken Filiano, Hassan Hackmoun and many others.
Another significant hallmark of CMS’s recent success is the completion of the project to digitize all of the studio’s audio archives, which now reside at Columbia University. All Kinds of Time threads all of these activities, events, and influences together and presents an encouraging direction for CMS’s future.
Robert E. Sweet is a drummer, writer and librarian from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He first attended CMS in 1976 and is a lifelong participant in, and member of, the CMS community.