- CREATIVE MUSIC STUDIO
Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, CMS brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities.
- CMS ARCHIVE PROJECT
Under the guidance of CMS Director Karl Berger, master engineer and musician Ted Orr leads the effort to transfer and re-master the CMS Archive Collection of tapes. The new masters are stored and backed up in 3 different digital formats.
- CMS WORKSHOPS
In 2013, CMS restarted conducting its legendary ‘workshop intensives’ in the Catskills, just west of Woodstock, NY. Typically running from Monday afternoon – Friday morning, these workshops have featured over 40 Guiding Artists, including Dave Douglas, Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, Joe Lovano, John Medeski, Don Byron, Steven Bernstein, Tyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Crispell, among many others.
- ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
The Creative Music Foundation, in partnership with Columbia University, is conducting an Oral History Project to gather directly from participants and Guiding Artists anecdotes and insights from their time at CMS. The Oral Histories will be shot on video and transcribed in print for educational and archival purposes.
- KARL BERGER’S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
Karl Berger developed an innovative orchestra comprised of 20 or more professional string, horn, reed and percussionists. The KBIO takes the principles of CMS Orchestra Workshops to a professional level, with astounding results.
- RESIDENCIES: workshops, seminars, presentations and performances - various formats detailing and employing principles of the unique Creative Music Studio approach to personal development in musical expression and communication. Led by Karl Berger and supported by Ingrid Sertso, these presentations can also give an historical view of the CMS.
- CMS NETWORK: a developing program of services for the music community