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Archive Selections Volume 1

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.

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.

“Ten Freedom Summers is one of my life’s defining works.” – Wadada Leo SmithThis is the third album by Wadada’s all-star Golden Quartet, which features:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Vijay Iyer – piano, Fender Rhodes & synthesizer
John Lindberg – bass
Shannon Jackson – drums

Recorded live, the sound on Tabligh veers from a sound akin to early electric jazz ala “In A Silent Way” and especially ‘the lost quintet’ of Miles in late 1969/early 1970, to both more sparse and modern jazz fare, all of it informed by the distinctive personalities of these four players and their leader’s musical concepts.

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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

CMS Community For a new CMS Directory, we are connecting with CMS Guiding Artists and Alumni in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Creative Music Studio and to gather stories about their time there. Alumni stories

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.

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:

2:45-4:00: for musicians and non-musicians alike. Karl and Ingrid will draw upon an easy to learn approach to singing rhythms — GamalaTaki – to get the assembled group to engage in collective music making.

4:15-5:45: focus on Karl’s expertise in conducted collective improvisation. He has a tremendous gift at bringing people together to make creative music. This workshop is also open to anyone, but those with musical skills will benefit the most. Bring musical instruments! (or just observe)

7:00 concert: Karl Berger (vibraphone), CMS co-director Ingrid Sertso (voice), and Bob Gluck (piano) –  duet and trio improvisations, based on the music of Berger, Sertso, and Carla Bley. Concert tickets are $8 ($4 – UAlbany students/faculty & seniors).

Bio:  Pioneering educator and musician Karl Berger, and vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso are founding directors of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY (co-founded by saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman). For many years, CMS sponsored workshops and trainings featuring such notables as Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Don Cherry, Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers… the list goes on and on. These events are the first of two 2012-2013 “Music Improvisation and Multicultural Dialogue” visiting artist residencies. The project is supported by the Music Department, Africana Studies Department, and by a UAlbany Diversity Transformation Fund grant.

Oral History Program
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. CMF is working with Columbia’s WKCR-FM, Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies and the university’s Oral History Project is helping to conduct interviews, some with video.

For more information on the Creative Music Foundation’s Oral History project, click here for more information.