Creative Music Foundation

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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

Scholarship Opportunities Available; Registration Still Open

June 6–10 Workshop Features Intensive Workshops, Jam Sessions and Intimate Concerts in a Spectacular Mountainside Setting

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. As in workshops past, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist Omar Tamez and drummer Harvey Sorgen will be on hand.  Online registration is available here

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Daily Schedule

* Guiding Artist Biographies
About Full Moon Resort

Pricing and Registration


This workshop, during long spring days and short nights, features one Guiding Artist(s) working with participants in two workshops each day, creating multiple opportunities for artists to work directly with participants as individuals or in ensembles.  As in the past, there will be daily CMS basic practice (body movement, breath work, rhythm and vocal training), as well as 90 minutes each day with Karl Berger leading orchestra of improvisers.   Additional Guiding Artists will be on hand to work with participants on a more personal level, informally coaching, playing and tutoring daily.  These will be named soon.  

Recent testimonials from workshop participants: “My playing was reborn; I’ve been given the key to a musical language shared by few; CMS is beyond musical, it’s therapeutic; The best musical experience I have had; It’s a dream workshop; CMS is an unsurpassed life-changing experience; CMS workshops are like a reset switch for your creativity and spirituality; I found my freedom at CMS, in my ability to play what I hear and to hear what I play; CMS is more than a lesson in music, it is a lesson for life."

CMS Workshop Guiding Artists in 2013 – 15 have included: Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Henry Threadgill, Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Billy Martin, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Cyro Baptista, Marilyn Crispell, Steven Bernstein, Jason Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Steve Gorn, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Thomas Buckner, Judi Silvano, Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Badal Roy, Warren Smith, Omar Tamez, and John Menegon, in addition to Creative Music Foundation co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso.  

CMS Workshops feature four days of intensive workshops, master classes, intimate concerts and informal jam sessions that inspire active listening, personal expression, improvisation and musical exploration. Musicians of any instrument, including voice, are welcome as are non-musicians.  Adults who played music earlier in their lives can benefit from this lifelong learning opportunity that offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from and play with music masters, and to simply spend time with them in an informal, personal setting.   The non-traditional atmosphere of the Creative Music Studio Workshop encourages participants to experiment, push beyond limits, genres and categories, to take risks, and to develop their own deeply personal musical expression.

“This workshop promises real fireworks,” said Karl Berger, CMF’s artistic director. “CMS has always been renown for creating a space where artists from widely different backgrounds mix, teach and play. I can think of no better example than having Meshell, Hassan and CMS veteran Adam.”  

A recap of all CMS Workshops, along with highlight videos, is at:

A typical day at the CMS Workshop is: 

8:00 – 9:30                  Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00                Body Awareness

10:15 – 11:00              Rhythm/Voice Training  

11:30 – 1:00                Master Class/Workshop

1:00 – 2:15                  Lunch

2:30 – 2:45                  Body Awareness

2:45 - 5:00                  Master Class/Workshop

5:15 – 6:45                  Improvisers Orchestra

6:45 – 7:00                  Listening Meditation

7:00 – 8:15                  Dinner

8:30 – 10:00                Performance with Guiding Artists

10:00 - ?                      Participant concerts and jams, unscheduled sessions 

Late night consists of playing music, unscheduled sessions, conversations, bonfires, or simply stargazing at Full Moon’s gorgeous location in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, with the historic Esopus Creek running through the expansive property.

CMS’s parent nonprofit, the Creative Music Foundation, is fundraising in order to offer full and partial scholarships for the workshop. For more information and online registration, please call the Full Moon Resort, 845-254-8009, email:, or click this link to register:


Daily Schedule (subject to improvisation) 

Monday, June 6

4:30 – 6:30 Orientation/cocktails

6:30 – 8:00 Dinner

8:15 – 10 Performance

10 - ? Jams

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 7 - 9

8:00 – 9:30                  Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00                Body Awareness

10:15 – 11:00              Rhythm/Voice Training 

11:30 – 1:00                Master Class/Workshop

1:00 – 2:15                  Lunch

2:30 – 2:45                  Body Awareness

2:45 - 5:00                  Master Class/Workshop

5:15 – 6:45                  Improvisers Orchestra

6:45 – 7:00                  Listening Meditation

7:00 – 8:15                  Dinner

8:30 – 10:00                Performance with Guiding Artists

10:00 - ?                      Participant concerts and jams, unscheduled sessions 

 Friday, June 10


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Guiding Artist Biographies:


Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music.

Though schooled in the deeply traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh, since moving to the U.S. in 1987, his music has absorbed elements from a variety of popular styles, from jazz and "world music" to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work.  His participation in such internationally renowned arts festivals as WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) and collaborations with respected artists, including David Sanborn, Peter Gabriel, Don Cherry and The Kronos Quartet, among countless others, have brought him further into the spotlight and inspired many artists from North Africa and around the globe to follow in his footsteps.

As a master musician  whose vision and contributions have enabled a unique fusion and blending of traditions, cultures and genres in a world of ever-expanding global communication and exchange,  his work maintains its profound and enormous capacity to joyously inspire and heal the individuals and communities it reaches, as Hakmoun undoubtedly remains  a commanding and intriguing artist in the world music scene.

Hakmoun's musical origins are rooted in the African folk music of the Islamic Gnawa sect, descendants from West African slaves brought to North Africa several hundred years ago.  Their music combines complicated West African syncopations with long, sinuous North African melodies. Tracing their roots back to the Bilal, a freed slave known for his beautiful voice and believed to have been chosen by the Islamic prophet Mohammed to serve as the first muezzin to call the people of the faith to their prayers, Gnawa musicians often express their religious devotion through their music, using it to enter into spiritual trance states.

These rich, ancient Gnawa traditions have powerfully and intimately influenced Hakmoun’s early life and calling as a musician as his mother is a mystic healer known throughout Marrakesh for her derdeba trance ceremonies, often all-night affairs involving hypnotic playing and chanting to exorcise spirits.  Steeped in Islamic mysticism and West African rhythms, the Gnawa musical form and its rituals lift the spirit and heal the sick and wounded through its songs of praise.

Hakmoun began learning Gnawa music after witnessing his first trance ceremony at the young age of four.  Through a miraculous incident involving his younger sister, whose body was mysteriously touched by the spirit, covered in cigarette burns and then healed as a result of a meeting of the local Gnawa masters who proceeded to gather and conduct a ceremony of singing, drumming and playing instruments such as the sintir while asking for forgiveness and inquiring as to the cause of her ailments, Hakmoun proceeded to study percussion, as well as traditional trance-inducing dances. 

He eventually chose the sintir as his main instrument, a three-stringed lute with a body made of camel skin stretched over nutwood. The strings of the sintir are pitched low, enabling the instrument to serve as the bass foundation much like the Western string bass, while its tone is sweet, making it well-suited to carry the melodic line of a composition. By drumming on the body of the instrument, Hakmoun added his own percussion while contributing vocals, thereby creating a unique foundation for his musical explorations and growth. By the age of fourteen, he was an established musician performing at Gnawa lila ceremonies with his own ensemble.

Hakmoun made his U.S. debut in 1987 at Lincoln Center in New York City with Etian and Blanca Lee'’s Trio Gna & Nomadas dance group.  He subsequently relocated to New York where he was warmly received and supported in adapting to his new life with the help of such renowned artists as composer and producer Richard Horowitz.  He quickly became a regular fixture in New York’s rock, jazz and fusion scenes, earning his following for spanning multiple genres with his spiritually charged voice and playing 

In 1989 Hakmoun became part of the group Magmouat Hakmoun with his brother Said and relatives Mohammed Bechar and Abdel Hok Dahmad.  Later that year, with help from Robert Browning and the World Music Institute, Hakmoun produced and released his debut album Fire Within. Among the adventurous New York musicians who became attracted to Hakmoun’s Gnawa sound early on were percussionist Adam Rudolph and jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. Together they made a groundbreaking Gnawa jazz fusion recording, Gift of the Gnawa.

For both musical and commercial reasons, Hakmoun began to expand his musical range, adding American sounds to the Moroccan form.  This led him to form the group Zahar, meaning ‘luck’, whose music fused elements of rock and jazz with African styles, resulting in a completely new sound.

An early version of the band included only Hakmoun, Hahn Rowe on electric guitar and violin and Yuval Gabay on drums.  The ensemble grew to eventually include seven musicians, among them three percussionists, Anthony Michael Petersen on electric guitar and Sabir Rizaev on soprano saxophone.

With the ensemble, Hakmoun recorded his first album featuring electric instruments and continued to perform at prestigious venues around New York City, which allowed him to expand his network of relations and influences and opened the path toward future collaborations and endeavors.  One such instance occurred during a performance at the Knitting Factory, whose audience members included the legendary Miles Davis, and one of Hakmoun’s musical heros, as well as famed producer Daniel Lanois, who proceeded to introduce Hakmoun to an important future collaborator, pop musician Peter Gabriel.

In 1992 Hakmoun joined Gabriel’s WOMAD, founded in 1980 to celebrate the world’s  many forms of music, art and dance.  Under its wing,  Hakmoun was able to spread his Moroccan fusion throughout the world and recorded/released another album, Trance, at Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England. From Bath, Hakmoun toured Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. along with other WOMAD artists, including performing under the group's auspices at the Woodstock festival in 1994.

With his mounting popularity and success throughout the world, Hakmoun became widely recognized for his work.  His albums Fire Within, Gift of the Gnawa and Trance topped the charts for World Music Albums, World Music Charts Europe, New World and CMJ’s Radio Top 150 and were selected by Rolling Stone as one of the “Hot Picks of ’94. His powerful performances and sounds also resulted in letters of admiration from former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, television host Jay Leno and saxophonist David Sanborn, as well as from executives at the New York Times and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

In 2002 Hakmoun teamed up with American-born producer Fabian Alsultany to record a new album, The Gift, bridging Gnawa with Arabic music while maintaining a forward-looking sound.  Continuing to bring the healing traditions of the Gnawa music to an even wider audience, the album included the release of the life affirming single, “This Gift,” a remarkable and timely duet with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Paula Cole. 

In 2003 The Gift received an INDIE award for “Best Contemporary World Music Recording” from the Association for Independent Music (AFIM), who has honored and recognized many of the best and brightest stars in independent music, including recordings by such well known artists as Sugar, Burning Spear, Naughty By Nature, Professor Longhair, Kate Wolf, Leon Redbone, Queen Latifah, Richard Thompson, Holly Near, James Cotton, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Alison Krauss, George Winston, Frank Zappa, Robert Cray and many more.

In addition to producing his own albums, Hakmoun has contributed to other artist’s recordings, adding the traditional Gnawa flavor and his unique and gifted vocals to such projects as “Caravan” for Dee Dee Bridgewater’s album Prelude To A Kiss, Ozomatli’s Street Sings, which won the award for “Best Alternative Music Album” at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2005 and “Lovelight” for Paula Cole’s Courage in 2007, to name a few.

Hakmoun has also composed and recorded for several films such as Rendezvous in Samarkand directed by Tim Bridwell, The Past and the Present of Djemma El Fna by Steve Montgomery and the documentary Footsteps in Africa.  Beyond his musical talents, Hakmoun appeared in several movies as an actor, dancer and musician, including Disney’s Jungle 2 Jungle in 1997 and Rollerball by John McTieman in 2002.

Today Hakmoun continues to record and perform in major festivals and venues around the globe, as well as give master workshops in universities.  Most recently, Hakmoun started a project collaborating with other percussive dancers to create a new style of Gnawa dance.

Hassan Hakmoun is regarded as a trailblazer for many young Gnawa musicians who have sought out connections with the world beyond their traditional heritage and milieu.  In the age of ambient club, trance and hip hop, he revels in the world's musical melting pot.


Adam Rudolph is a composer, improviser and percussionist who has performed extensively in concert throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia for three decades.  Rudolph has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by the NY Times and "a master percussionist” by Musician magazine. He has released 25 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work. Rudolph composes for his ensembles Moving Pictures and Organic Orchestra, an 18 to 54 piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in the Organic Orchestra concept; most recently in Sicily, Naples, Oslo, and Istanbul, NYC and LA.

Rudolph recently premiered his opera The Dreamer, based on the text of Friedreich Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy." 

Rudolph has performed with Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, L. Shankar, A.A.C.M co-founders Fred Anderson and Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, and Omar Sosa. He has toured extensively and recorded 15 albums with Yusef Lateef including duets and their large ensemble compositional collaborations.

Rudolph is known as one the early innovators of what is now called “World Music”. In 1978 he and Gambian Kora player Jali Foday Musa Suso co-founded The Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun. Rudolph intensely studied North Indian Tabla for over 15 years with Pandit Taranath Rao. He learned hundreds of drum compositions and about how music is a form of Yoga – the unity of mind, body and spirit.


Karl Berger, PhD: Composer / Arranger / Conductor / Pianist / Vibraphonist / Consultant 

Founder and director of the nonprofit Creative Music Foundation, Inc., and creative leader of the legendary Creative Music Studio, Karl Berger is dedicated to the research of the power of music and sound and the elements common to all of the world's music forms. In addition to his composing and playing, Karl is known around the world for educational presentations through workshops, concerts, recordings, and with a growing network of artists and CMS members worldwide.

Karl Berger is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards (commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994). Professor of Composition, Artist-in- Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide, PhD in Music Esthetics.

Karl Berger became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley ("Grace"), Natalie Merchant ("Ophelia"), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo and others; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas ("Operazone"), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett and many others in Woodstock, New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris and Rome.

He recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto and many others at festivals and concerts in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, India, Phillippines, Japan, Mexico and Brazil.

His recordings and arrangements appear on the Atlantic, Axiom, Black Saint, Blue Note, Capitol, CBS, Columbia Double Moon, Douglas Music, Elektra, EMI, Enja, Island, JVC, Knitting Factory, In&Out, MCA, Milestone, Polygram, Pye, RCA, SONY, Stockholm, Vogue and others.


Ingrid SertsoVocalist, Poet 

Through her work with such avant-jazz musicians as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso established herself as a captivating, adventurous vocalist, capable of blending jazz, African, South American and other worldbeat influences into a distinctive, hypnotic sound.

Although Sertso didn't become well-known until the release of Dance with It in 1994, she spent over 20 years honing her art. During the late '60s, she lived in Europe, leading her own trios and performing with the likes of Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Karl Berger and Leo Wright; she also worked as a music teacher at several institutions in Europe. In 1972, she became a permanent resident of the United States and she released her first album, We Are You, on Calig Records. Over the next few years she taught, while she performed in North America and Europe with the likes of Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Moses, Dave Holland, Perry Robinson and Jumma Santos. In 1974, she released Kalaparush on Trio Records in Japan. It was followed in 1975 by Peace Church Concerts on India Navigation/CMC Records.

In 1975, Sertso became a faculty member at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. She stayed there through 1975 and 1976, before moving to the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Calgary, Canada. She had two residencies at Banff before moving to the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, where she became the co-director. While working at the Creative Music Studio, she began singing in the Art of Improvisation with Berger and David Inzenon. In 1979, she toured major European cities as a solo artists, supported by the Woodstock Workshop Orchestra. She also released an album on MPS Records that year.

During the early '80s, Sertso remained a co-director at the Creative Music Studio, while continuing to record and perform with a variety of musicians, including such mainstays as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, as well as Paulo Moura, Nana Vasconcelos, Steve Gorn, Dan Brubeck and Mike Richmond. In 1984, she performed with the Music Universe Orchestra at the Kool Festival in New York and released a duet album, Changing the Time, with Berger on Horo Records in Italy. She also toured Europe twice during this time and she also toured West Africa with Olatunji and Aiyb Dieng.

Sertso's career picked up momentum during the latter half of the '90s. She held a series of concerts and workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and she regularly tour the US on club and festival circuit. Sertso also toured Europe twice and sang solo vocals on Berger's orchestral ballet, The Bird. She was one of the co-leaders of Rhythm Changes, who released the Jazzdance album on ITM Records. During these five years, she also performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Lee Konitz, Frank Luther, Anthony Cox, Leroy Jenkins, Jimmy Cobber, Linda Montano and Karl Berger.

In 1990, Sertso catapulted back into the mainstream jazz spotlight through her version "Until the Rain Comes" on Don Cherry's Multi Kulti album. Shortly afterward, she began working on a new album, but she became sidetracked by collaborating with Karl Berger and guitarist Paul Koji Shigihara. The trio blended original compositions with Sertso's poetry, improvisations and interpretations of traditional tune. Sertso also regularly performed poetry readings at the Tinker Street Cafe in Woodstock and the Knitting Factory in New York, and she also regularly played clubs along the Northeast coast. In 1994, she released her comeback album Dance with It, which earned postitive reviews. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)


Ken Filiano: bassist 

Bass player, composer, improviser, Ken FIliano has been performing throughout the world for thirty years, collaborating with leading artists in multiple genres, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken leads two quartets, Quantum Entanglements, and Baudalino's Dilemma (Vinny Golia, Warren Smith, Michael TA Thompson), and is a co-leader of The Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo and TranceFormation (Connie Crothers, Andrea Wolper.) His extensive discography includes a solo bass CD, “subvenire” (NineWinds), and “Dreams From a Clown Car" (Clean Feed), which presents his compositions for his quartet, Quantum Entanglements (Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, Michael TA Thompson). Ken has performed and/or recorded with Karl Berger, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Braxton, Connie Crothers Quartet, Bill Dixon, Ted Dunbar, Giora Feidman Quartet, Vinny Golia ensembles, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Kao Hwang, Joseph Jarman, Raul Juanena, Joelle Leandre, Frank London, Tina Marsh, Warne Marsh, Dom Minasi, Barre Phillips, Roswell Rudd, ROVA Saxophone Qt., Paul Smoker, Fay Victor Ensemble, Pablo Zielger, and many more. Ken is on the teaching roster at the New School in New York, and is a guest artist lecturer at School of Visual Arts and Hunter College (New York). He teaches master classes in bass and improvisation, and has a private bass studio in Brooklyn.


Tani Tabbal drums/percussion

Tani Tabbal began playing and exploring drums at a very young age, only to become a young professional, performing with Oscar Brown Jr. in many of his ground breaking plays. From there, Tabbal toured and become part of the legendary Sun Ra’s ‘Arkestra’, and Phil Coran’s ‘Artistic Heritage Ensemble’. 

Tani became known for his exceptional fluidity with odd and mixed meters. His passion for the avant-garde and in pushing the jazz medium along with blending world rhythms, brought him recognition among the musical giants. He has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Jackie McLean, Muhal Richard Abrams, Cassandra Wilson, Dewey Redman, Karl Berger, Geri Allen, James Carter, Howard Johnson, Pharoah Sanders to name just a few, and is on over sixty five recordings.


Hamid Drake drums/percussion 

By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers Peter Brotzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among others. Drake was born in Monroe, LA, in 1955, and later moved to Chicago with his family. He ended up taking drum lessons with Fred Anderson's son, eventually taking over the son's role as percussionist in Anderson's group. As a result, Fred Anderson also introduced Drake to George Lewis and other AACM members. Drakealso has performed world music; by the late '70s, he was a member of Foday Muso Suso's Mandingo Griot Society, and has played reggae. Drake has been a member of the Latin jazz band Night on Earth, the Georg Graewe Quartet, the DKV Trio, Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Octet/Tentet, and Liof Munimula, the oldest free improvising ensemble in Chicago. Drake has also worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Mahmoud Gania, bassist William Parker (in a large number of lineups), and has performed a solstice celebration with fellow Chicago percussionist Michael Zerang semiannually since 1991. Hamid Drake recorded material is best represented on Chicago's Okkadisk label.


Angelica Sanchez piano

Pianist/composer Angelica Sanchez moved to NYC from Arizona in 1994 and has played with Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Richard David, Chad Taylor, Chris Lightcap and scores of other top improvising musicians. She leads many groups, including a quintet featuring Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey and Marc Ducret. Her music has been recognized in articles by Jazz Tiimes, New York times, Chicago Tribune and many more. She was the 2008 recipient of the French/American chamber Music America grant and the 2011 Rockefeller Brothers Pocatino artist residency. Her recording, “Life Between,” was selected as one of 2009’s best recordings in All About Jazz. Her music has been featured on NPR and her 2013 duet recordings with Leo Smith received honorable mention as best release from the NYC Jazz Record. 


Omar Tamez - guitarist/composer/multi-instrumentist 

Omar studied composition with Nicandro Tamez, (composer and educator) as well as with with Andre Richard, Daniel Catan, Mario Lavista, Manuel de Elias, Helmut Lachmann, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. A visiting artist at CalArts, Omar is also the founder, producer and artistic director of the “International Musicians Meeting.” Mr. Tamez attended the NIMES (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) and Résonances Music Technology Convention at the IRCAM - Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. He teaches privately and at workshops around the world.

Mr. Tamez has performed in more than 137 countries including Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Turkey, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Japan and extensively trough Middle East, Asia & Africa. He has played/recorded with Ramón López, Agustí Fernández, Gebhard Ullmann, Karl Berger, Conny Bauer, Gunter Sömmer, Felix Petry, Gabriele Hasler, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Almut Kuhne, Frank Köllges, Andreas Willers, Reggie Workman, Rashied Ali, Sonny Fortune, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Geroge Schuller, Ratzo B. Harris, Steve Baczkowski, Alex Coke, Joe Fonda, Harvey Sorgen, Herb Robertson, Steve Rust, Steve Swell, Lou Grassi, Tina Marsh, André Jaume, Beñat Achiary, Sophia Domancich, Rémi Charmasson, Teppo Ahuta – ahoo, Harri Sjöstrom, Kalle Kalima, Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, Tony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Marco Colonna, Enrico Rava, Neil Swainson, Emilio Tamez, Rémi Álvarez, Hernán Ríos, Gustavo Lorenzatti, Satoshi Takeishi, Tatsuya Nakatani and Arjen Gorter among many others.

He recently participated in Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet/Double Quartet in Buffalo, NY, with Angelica Sánchez, John Lindberg and Pheeroan AkLaff.

Harvey Sorgen – drums, percussion 

Harvey Sorgen’s vast and diverse career as a drummer/percussionist has given him a unique ability to fit in and play with artists of virtually every type of music. His orchestral concept on and off the instrument has distinguished Harvey as one of the truly unique drummers of our time. Expanding the boundaries of sound and color on the drum set, Harvey has had the opportunity to perform and record with a vast array of musicians, including: Hot Tuna, Ahmad Jamal, Michelle Shocked, Karl Berger, Paul Simon, Dewey Redman, Dave Douglas, David Sancious, Mark Feldman, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Leo Smith, Cameron Brown, Steve Swell, Anthony Braxton, Bruce Hornsby, Derek Trucks, Bill Frisell, Bob Weir, NRBQ, Phil Lesh, Greg Allman, Tony Levin, Jack DeJohnette, Garth Hudson and Jimmy Vivino, among many others.

Harvey has also written and performed pieces for film and the stage, including a solo percussion piece for the New Day Repertoire Theater’s version of “Antigone” and has conducted workshops throughout the world, from the University of Graz (Austria) and Jazz Initiative Marburg (Germany) to the University of Michigan and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also an accomplished audio engineer and editor, having worked at the legendary Dreamland Recording Studio. Past projects include re-mastering of the entire ESP record label. Harvey's first instructional video " Drumming Made Easy " is currently available worldwide from Homespun Tapes Inc. / Hal Leonard publishing. Harvey Sorgen also appears on Jack DeJohnette's " Musical Expression On The Drum Set" and Jorma Kaukonen's " The Electric Guitar Of Jorma Kaukonen “ DVD’s also available from Homespun Tapes Inc.

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About Full Moon Resort

Full Moon, located one half hour west of Woodstock, New York, “the most famous small town in the world,” is a year-round mountain resort located in the heart of the "Forever Wild" Catskill Forest Preserve.  Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields, and streams is a world of its own. 

Full Moon is an alternative to more traditional country inns and resorts - with educational, recreational and artistic workshops, weekend-long destination country weddings, cutting-edge music camps, and art exhibits all part of its magical landscape.

"Music and art in nature" is a central theme at Full Moon Resort. Music is always in the air with the Music Masters Camp series, a special mid-week interactive musical experience with world renowned artists - complete with superb dining, comfortable country inn accommodations, and camping options.  

Lovingly prepared, fresh, healthy cuisine served by a friendly, professional staff is the trademark of Full Moon Catering.  The menus offer a full range of possibilities – hot buffet breakfasts and lunches, down-home country barbeques …tantalizing hors d’oeuvres and formal gourmet dinners in the Tent Pavilion.  Fresh, natural ingredients (often organic) are the common thread throughout.

Accommodations are charming in their simplicity, with guest rooms available in a variety of lodges  – some in a simple B&B style with shared hallway baths and others with private bath options. 

In all, Full Moon Resort, with its picturesque grounds, cozy guest accommodations, excellent cuisine and friendly, professional staff, sets the stage for highly memorable experiences for those attending the Music Masters Camps.

Full Moon contact info:


Telephone: 845-254-8009

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When will my deposit be run?
Your deposit will be run at the time of your registration.

What gear do I need?
 Bring your instrument(s) if they fit! Amps are not required. For more information, email to see what will be provided.

What about beer/alcohol? CMS realizes that many of you want to consume alcoholic beverages at dinner and at night during performances and jams. To accommodate those who choose to drink, CMS has arranged to have wine/beer available at dinner and later at performances. Please give count on $10/day if you choose to drink – thanks.

Can I still come if I'm not a musician? 
Non-musicians are more than welcome and encouraged to attend.  Vocalists and dancers are encouraged, too.

What skill level is required to attend?
 Classes and curriculum are developed to accommodate all ranges of playing. All classes are optional and open to everyone.

Is there an age requirement?
No. Minors are required to submit a parent/legal guardian consent form.

Are meals included?
 Three gourmet meals a day and snacks are included in your tuition.

If I want to bring my spouse, but they don't want to attend classes, can I?
 Yes. In order to bring a non-participant, you would need to purchase a "single occupancy" package. Non-participants have access to all meals, but no classes or workshops. Additional fees apply.

When is check in and check out?
 Check in is at 3pm on arrival day and check out is at 11am on departure day. Due to Full Moon's busy event calendar, it is generally not possible to check in early or check out late.

How do I get there? 
Please see the 'Directions/Transportation' section below.

Is there cell phone reception at camp?
 No! There is no cell phone reception at Full Moon Resort.  Complimentary phone service for all calls within the U.S. is available at all times at the Inn. Also, there is complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the facility.

How do I make my final payment?
Your final payment will be automatically run on the credit card on file on the due date noted in your registration form. You may provide an alternative method of payment as long as it is received before the due date.

Can I take photos, video or audio recordings? 
Yes. You may be required to sign a waiver stating all recordings, footage and/or photos will be used strictly for personal use and not commercially.

What is the weather like at camp?
Weather in the Catskills varies. In the spring, you can expect warm days (low 60s to upper 70s) and cooler nights (lower 40s to lower 60s).  

What do you suggest I bring with me? 
Audio recording devices
Clothes & Toiletries (toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc...)
Tent Campers- don't forget towels, sleeping bags, tarps, etc.!
Insect Repellent
 Writing Utensils & Note Paper
 Water bottle
 Cash for evening bars (There is no ATM on-site.)

Do you provide equipment storage for tent campers?
 This can be arranged on an as needed basis.

Can I select my own roommate?
 Yes - if that person is signed up as well. We cannot hold a spot for someone unless they have already registered.

How does the facility select my roommate?
 Full Moon Resort selects roommates based on age and gender. You will always be placed with a same-sex roommate.

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Pricing and Registration

Camp Packages are All-Inclusive!

Monday to Friday you will have access to all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, and camp activities. The only thing you have to do after signing up is get here! 

All camp activities will be held at Full Moon Resort. Full Moon features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn accommodations including simple B&B style guest rooms with shared hallway baths and guest rooms with private baths. “Primitive” campsites are also available. All accommodations are just steps away from daily music camp activities. The grounds offer one hundred acres of meadows, forests and streams providing a natural backdrop for an unforgettable, enriching experience. 

Guest rooms at Full Moon do not have telephones, TV’s, air conditioning or daily housekeeping service. Wi-Fi, cable television and complimentary phone service are all available at the Inn (please bring a phone card for international calls).   Enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool, on-site access to the Esopus Creek, and explore the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails.  

Please Note: There is no cell phone reception at Full Moon Resort or in Big Indian.

Package Pricing
  Note: Prices do not include applicable taxes and do not include a $10/day beer/wine charge if you choose to drink at dinner and at evening performances.

Full Moon Resort Accommodations:

Note: Prices include Full Moon Resort lodging, food and CMS workshops. Prices do not include applicable taxes or $10/day beer/wine fee.


  1. $695 Tent Camping
  2. $895 Double Occupancy, Shared Bath
  3. $995 Double Occupancy, Private Bath
  4. $1,295 Single Occupancy, Shared Bath
  5. $1,595 Single Occupancy, Private Bath
  6. $495 Non-participant rates for spouse/children


Registration, Payment and Cancellation Terms and Conditions:

Your decision to register for Full Moon Resort Music Masters Camps constitutes your acknowledgement of and consent to all of the registration, payment and cancellation terms and conditions listed below.

Registration and Payments:


Due to the nature of our events and strict cancellation policies, Creative Environments, LLC DBA Full Moon Resort strongly suggests purchasing travel insurance.


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Full Moon contact info:


Telephone: 845-254-8009

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (EST)

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CMS Workshops are held in Big Indian, New York which is centrally located in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill forest preserve.

Full Moon Resort
1 Valley View Road
Big Indian, NY 12410
Directions to Full Moon Resort

By Car:
Car parking is complimentary to all participants.

From Albany and points North:
Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) South towards New York City
Take Exit 19, Kingston (see below)

From New York City and Points South:
Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) North/West to Exit 19, Kingston
After toll, merge slightly right onto Route 28 West (towards Pine Hill)
Travel approximately 30 miles on Route 28 West to Big Indian/Oliverea
Turn left onto County Route 47 (just after a brown sign on Route 28 which says Oliverea 3 miles)
Proceed 5 miles on County Route 47 (Oliverea Road)
You will see signs for Full Moon on the right-hand side.

By Plane:
The closest airports to Big Indian are one hour and thirty minutes away:
Albany International Airport and Stewart/Newburgh International Airport

Albany International Airport (ALB):
737 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12211
Phone: (518) 242.2222

Stewart-Newburgh International Airport (SWF):
1180 1st Street
New Windsor, NY 12553
Phone: (845) 564-2100

JFK and LaGuardia Airports in New York City are approximately two and a half hours from Big Indian.

Airport Car Services:
Woodstock Town Car Service: (845) 679-6656
Black Diamond Transportation: (845) 338-8426

By Bus:
Adirondack Trailways buses run from NYC and Kingston, NY. There is a stop on Route 28 at the Big Indian post office just five miles from Full Moon Resort. Email us to arrange a pick up from the Big Indian bus stop to Full Moon Resort.

NYC buses depart from the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm (EST) daily and take approximately three hours to reach Big Indian. One way fare is approximately $35, return is approximately $70.
For additional schedule information and bus stop locations, visit or call 1-800-776-7548

Big Indian Bus Stop Located At the Big Indian Post Office:
8279 State Route 28
Big Indian, NY 12410
*Email to let us know when you will be arriving and we will be sure to have a shuttle waiting to bring you to camp!

By Train:
The closest train station is in Rhinecliff, NY which is approximately one hour away from Big Indian.

Rhinecliff Amtrak Station (RHI)
Hutton St. and Charles St.,
Rhinecliff, NY 12574
Phone: 1 (800) 872-7245
Station and Service Hours: Open 7 Days a Week: 5:30am-10:30pm

**Carpooling is suggested!

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Creative Music Studio Workshop - Spring 2016

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Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra