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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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, is being distributed by the American Composers Forum/Innova Recordings and is full of rare recordings and musical combinations divided into Small Ensemble, Orchestral and World music performances. It is available here for $29 from Innova Recordings. Digital downloads are available at iTunes here and at Amazon here.
What reviewers are saying:
Cadence: Best of 2014, Historical Jazz Album — “What an absolute treat this one is…a treasure trove.”
Jazz Times: Best Historic/Reissue of 2014
The Wire:“Marvelous improvisations…elegantly intuitive…rigorously focused, at times fiercely concentrated music…be sure to catch this glimpse into a genuinely exploratory and still exhilarating musical gathering.”
Read more reviews here.
The first edition of the box sets features the following artists:
Small Ensembles: Ed Blackwell/Charles Brackeen; David Izenson, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, James Emery/Leroy Jenkins, Ursula Oppens/Fred Rzewski
Orchestral: Oliver Lake; Olu Dara; Roscoe Mitchell
World: Foday Musa Suso, Nana Vasconcelos, Ismet Siral
The sets feature full-length liner notes on the recordings, the history of CMS and its Archive Project as well as rare photos from the CMS Archive, all available online as a PDF. Additionally, CMF’s Oral History Project has conducted interviews with some of the artists, including Olu Dara and Oliver Lake, and has published transcripts here.
“These recordings present a cross-section of the cross-pollination that occurred regularly at CMS,” said CMF co-founder and artistic director, Karl Berger. “We divided them up neatly for these CDs, but it was far from divided or neat at CMS! These gems show that energy.”
The recordings are part of the CMS Archive Project. Its three main goals are: 1) to restore, preserve and digitize the tapes for posterity; 2) to return the re-mastered versions to the musicians who made them, free of charge; and 3) to share the music with fans, musicians and scholars around the world by producing this series of 3-CD sets.
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 Smith
This 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.
More detailes at www.cuneiformrecords.com
Karl Berger / Ingrid Sertso Music Improvisation Residency
Wednesday, Oct. 3: Workshops at 2:45 and 4:15; concert at 7:00
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.
Creative Music Studio Archive Project
The CMS Archive Project is historically important, resulting in an international treasury of jazz, world music, and new music from the 1970’s and 1980’s. The Creative Music Studio had a magnetic force that drew musical innovators from all over the world, offering the unique opportunity to work with ensembles large and small away from the restrictive climate of the professional music world.
With its 45-acre campus as the hub of the Creative Music Studio, hundreds of live concerts were recorded, many heralded as landmark performances. Many of these concerts featured combinations of musicians from jazz, classical and world music traditions that never played together before or after. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times wrote that CMS and its archive is “.. a definitive history of jazz in the 1970s – a book yet to be written – ought to give it (CMS) central importance.”
The Creative Music Foundation has partnered with Columbia University’s Library to preserve the CMS Archive for posterity. CMS is giving Columbia the full archive of recorded tapes, along with memorabilia and photographs from CMS. CMS co-founder Karl Berger and audio engineer (and former CMS participant) Ted Orr are going through each tape, lovingly digitizing them and re-mastering them, a time consuming process that’s as much a labor of love as it is technical. The digitized, re-mastered recordings will be available at the Columbia University Library for scholars or others who want to enjoy and learn from them.
As part of its nonprofit mission, CMF is offering Guiding Artists who made these rare recordings a digitized version for their unrestricted use free-of-charge! At the discretion of the Guiding Artists, selections of the re-mastered, digitized recordings will be made available in CD compilations to help raise money for the Creative Music Foundation. CMF is partnering with American Composers Forum and its Innova recording label to release these compilations. Each volume will feature three compact discs full of rare recordings divided into small ensemble, orchestral and world music performances. Two volumes will be released annually, beginning in summer 2013.
Since history is a powerful teacher, part of the CMS Archive Project also includes obtaining rich oral histories from the musicians and participants who were at CMS. The CMS Oral History Project is a natural complement to the CMS Archive Project. The CMS Oral History Project is also a partnership with Columbia University and its Jazz and Oral History Departments, as well as with WKCR-FM, Columbia’s radio station. The goal is for these oral histories to be published on www.creativemusicfoundation.org as well as to be made available through Columbia’s resources. Eventually, select oral history interviews will be broadcast on WKCR. The end result will be vibrant and vital histories of the evolution of jazz, world music and new music.
If you wish to help support the ongoing preservation of these taped recordings, please contribute by visiting the CMF Support Page.
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.