World Class Musicians Come to Big Indian, NY

Four Concerts September 29 – October 2 Offer Intimate Setting to Hear Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Indian Music Masters and Many More

Woodstock, NY, September 19, 2014 – Over a dozen world-class musicians taking part in the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop, including multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich, drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, and Indian music masters Steve Gorn and Badal Roy, are participating in four concerts Monday, September 29 through Thursday, October 2 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The concerts start each night at 8:30 pm in The Roadhouse, an intimate setting to see artists who often play large concert halls that seat thousands. A donation of $20 to CMS is required at the door. Seating in the Roadhouse is limited.

Guiding Artists at the CMS Workshop will join CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, in concerts that will also feature musician/educators Warren Smith, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Ken Filiano and more. The CMS Fall Workshop concert line up is expected to be:

Monday, September 29: Karl Berger (piano, vibes), Ingrid Sertso (voice), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Warren Smith (drums), and Ken Filiano (bass).

Tuesday, September 30: John Hollenbeck (drums), Steve Gorn (Indian flutes), Badal Roy (tabla), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Kirk Knuffke, Warren Smith, and Ken Filiano.

Wednesday, October 1:. Marty Ehrlich (reeds), Ken Filiano, Omar Tamez (guitar), John Hollenbeck, Steve Gorn, Badal Roy, Kenny Wessel , Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Kirk Knuffke.

Thursday, October : Marty Ehrlich, Ken Filiano, Omar Tamez, John Hollenbeck, Badal Roy, Kenny Wessel , Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Kirk Knuffke.

Directions or information about the Full Moon Resort is available at www.fullmoonresort.com or by calling 845.254.5117. More information about the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop is available at: http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/fallworkshop2014.html

Like CMS workshops held at the Full Moon Resort in 2013, the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop will feature four days of intensive workshops, master classes, concerts and informal jam sessions that inspire deep 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 Creative Music Foundation, a 501C(3) nonprofit corporation, makes it possible to profoundly experience and express our deep connection with the transforming energies of music, our universal language. CMF programs focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication, and providing unique opportunities for musicians, students and listeners from different backgrounds and traditions to explore together, share, develop, and broaden their musical understanding and sensitivity. CMF pursues its mission through workshops, residencies, coaching, concerts, recordings and archival projects that engage both listeners and musicians in the USA and around the world.

 

 

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Karl Berger’s week-long residency at The Stone

Karl Berger Begins 80th Year with Residency at The Stone NYC September 2-7 — Weeklong Residency Features Solos, Duos, Small Ensembles and The Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra

With guest artists such as William Parker, Tyshawn Sorey, Kirk Knuffke, Steven Bernstein and Others

I don’t know what to say about this, folks, except damn, I sure wish I could be in New York week after next.

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You can help make the fall 2014 CMS workshop happen

It’s simple, really: If not enough people sign up, the show can’t go on. Go ahead and register. You will not regret it. Your personal relationship with the elements of music will be forever changed for the better.

Go ahead. Now’s the time.

Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Steve Gorn and Badal Roy Join Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso As Guiding Artists for the Creative Music Studio’s Fall 2014 Workshop — Kirk Knuffke, Theo Bleckmann, Ken Filiano and Kenny Wessel Join Artist List

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Creative Music Studio fall 2014 workshop

Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Steve Gorn and Badal Roy Join Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso As Guiding Artists for the Creative Music Studio’s Fall 2014 Workshop — Kirk Knuffke, Theo Bleckmann, Ken Filiano and Kenny Wessel Join Artist List

Don’t miss it.

Wondering whether you should go? Check out these videos:

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Joe Lovano, Henry Threadgill, and Tyshawn Sorey Named Guiding Artists for CMS Spring 2014 Workshop

They Join Peter Apfelbaum, Marilyn Crispell, Warren Smith, Judi Silvano and CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso

June 9 – 13 Workshop Features Intensive Workshops, Jam Sessions and Intimate Concerts in a Spectacular Mountainside Setting

Deadline to Register is May 19

Register now!

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Vijay Iyer Receives MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”

Congratulations, Vijay Iyer, for being awarded a 2013 “Genius Grant.”

Vijay will be one of the guiding artists at the Creative Music Studio’s 40th Anniversary Fall Workshop. I’ll be there. Will you?

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CMS 40th: Phase 2, Don’t Miss It

If you can possibly make this event, don’t deny yourself.  You’ll be so glad you were a part of it.

Bob

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October 7 – 11 Workshop Features Intensive Workshops, Jam Sessions and Concerts in a Spectacular Mountainside Setting
Deadline to Register is September 7

Woodstock, NY, August 24, 2013 – Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and master percussionist Cyro Baptista are the latest Guiding Artists to join the Creative Music Studio’s 40th Anniversary workshop, October 7 – 11, at the well-appointed Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. In addition to Vijay and Cyro, the four-day workshop will feature renowned musicians and educators, including Peter Apfelbaum (reeds, percussion), Tony Malaby (reeds), Jason Hwang (strings), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Thomas Buckner (voice), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Steve Gorn (Indian flutes), Mark Helias (bass), Omar Tamez (guitar) and others. They will join CMS Artistic Directors Karl Berger (piano/vibes) and Ingrid Sertso (voice), exploring CMS’s “Music Mind” practice that focuses on the common elements of all music, inspiring awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication. Registration deadline is September 7, 2013.A highly successful four-day workshop in May at the Full Moon Resort, featuring Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Don Byron and many more re-ignited CMS and its nonprofit parent, the Creative Music Foundation. Positive feedback from that workshop prompted CMS to offer another workshop during the height of autumn when the Catskill leaves are most colorful. Additional Guiding Artists and Special Guests will be announced soon. A recap of the May workshop is at: http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/creative-music-studio’s-40th-anniversary-workshop-recap-four-day-intensive.html

This 40th Anniversary Workshop will feature four days of intensive workshops, master classes, concerts and informal jam sessions that inspire deep 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.
“Vijay is perfect for this workshop,” said CMS co-founder Karl Berger. “His experience as Director of the Banf Centre’s International Workshop on Jazz and Creative Music will be invaluable to artists and participants alike.”
“Cyro’s story is one of the quintessential CMS stories,” continues Berger. “He arrived at CMS from Brazil in 1980 supposedly to stay for a few weeks, but ended up studying at CMS much longer and staying in the U.S. for most of his career. Under the guidance of Nana Vasconcelos and others, he steadily developed into one of the most exciting and versatile percussionists of our time.”
A typical day at the CMS 40th Anniversary Workshop is:
8:00 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 Body Awareness
10:15 – 11:00 Rhythm/Voice Awareness, incl. the GaMaLa Taki practice
11:15 – 1:00 Orchestral Improvisation Workshop
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:30 – 4:30 Master class/workshop with Guiding Artists
4:45 – 6:00 Master class/workshop with Guiding Artists
6:00 – 6:30 Listening Meditation
6:30 – 8:00 Dinner
8:00 – 9:30 Concert with Guiding Artists
9:30 – ? Participant concerts and jams, informal 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. 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.
For more information and online registration, please visit: http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/fallworkshop2013.html or call the Full Moon Resort, 845-254-8009, or by email: music@fullmoonresort.com. Registration deadline is September 7, 2013. CMS’s parent nonprofit, the Creative Music Foundation, is working to offer full and partial scholarships for the workshop.
The Creative Music Foundation, a 501C(3) nonprofit corporation, makes it possible to profoundly experience and express our deep connection with the transforming energies of music, our universal language. CMF programs focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication, and providing unique opportunities for musicians, students and listeners from different backgrounds and traditions to explore together, share, develop, and broaden their musical understanding and sensitivity. CMF pursues its mission through workshops, residencies, coaching, concerts, recordings and archival projects that engage both listeners and musicians in the USA and around the world.

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Help Support CMS

Creative Music Foundation Launches First Crowd-Sourcing Campaign

Nonprofit Needs Funds to Digitize its Archive of Rare Recordings

Woodstock, NY, June 28, 2013 — The nonprofit Creative Music Foundation has launched its first crowd-sourcing campaign on Kickstarter.com, aiming to raise $4,000 to help produce compilation CD box sets comprised of music from the CMS Archive Project, over 400 concerts that took place at the Creative Music Studio between 1973 and 1984.

Some of the artists in the CMS Archive include: Jimmy Giuffre, Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Olu Dara, Colin Walcott and Cecil Taylor, as well as CMF co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, among hundreds of others. CMF needs funds to help finish restoration, digitization and production on the first volume of 3-CD box sets, the Creative Music Studio Archive Project Series, which is being packaged and distributed by the American Composers Forum/Innova Recordings.

The Kickstarter ‘crowd sourcing’ campaign, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1283522323/creative-music-studio-archive-restoration-project, will last 60 days, beginning June 28, 2013 and ending August 22, 2013. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The CMS Archive Project has three goals:
1) to restore, preserve and digitize the tapes for posterity;
2) to return the re-mastered versions to the musicians who made them; and
3) to share the music with fans, musicians and scholars around the world by producing a series of 3-CD box sets,
the Creative Music Studio Archive Project Series.

The tapes are old and brittle; some are no longer playable. It’s a race against time because over time, the tapes deteriorate.
The sooner CMF can digitize and re-master them, then the risk of losing this historically and musically important archive will be minimized.

CMF is offering the following incentives to people who donate money on Kickstarter.com:

$25 Limited edition ‘surprise’ CD by a CMS guiding artist
$50 First edition of 3-CD box set
$100 Autographed first edition of 3-CD box set
$250 Donor’s name on the packaging as a member of the ‘producer’s circle’

The Creative Music Foundation has partnered with Columbia University’s Library to preserve the CMS Archive for posterity. CMF is giving Columbia the full archive of recorded tapes, along with memorabilia and photographs from the Creative Music Studio sessions. CMS co-founder Karl Berger and audio engineer (and former CMS participant) Ted Orr are going through each tape, digitizing 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 the Guiding Artists who made these rare recordings a digitized version for their unrestricted use. At the discretion of the Guiding Artists, selections of the re-mastered, digitized recordings will be made available in CD. These compilations will help raise money for the Creative Music Foundation and its music education programs.

CMF is partnering with American Composers Forum and its Innova recording label to release these compilation recordings. Each volume will feature three compact discs full of rare recordings divided into small ensemble, orchestral and world music performances.

Two volumes of 3 CDs each will be released annually, beginning in fall/winter 2013. 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 Rziewski

ORCHESTRAL: Oliver Lake; Olu Dara; Roscoe Mitchell

WORLD: Foday Musa Suso, Nana Vasconcelos, Ismet Siral

More information about the CMS Archive Project can be found at: www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html.

The Creative Music Foundation, a 501C(3) nonprofit corporation, makes it possible to profoundly experience and express our deep connection with the transforming energies of music, our universal language. CMF programs focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication, and providing unique opportunities for musicians, students and listeners from different backgrounds and traditions to explore together, share, develop, and broaden their musical understanding and sensitivity. CMF pursues its mission through workshops, residencies, coaching, concerts, recordings and archival projects that engage both listeners and musicians in the USA and around the world.

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CMS 40th, day 5

There really wasn’t a day 5, but most folks were eager to do one last gamala taki session after breakfast. Karl was reluctant to do it because it was so darn cold! The weather had really turned. But the enthusiasm of the people won over, and it turned out to be one of the most physical gamala taki sessions I can remember, with lots of dancing and singing. We talked about the possibility of future CMS sessions, said our goodbyes, and hit the road. It was an extraordinary week folks. Extraordinary.

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CMS 40th, day 4, final concert

This final c0ncert of the CMS 40th anniversary workshop and retreat began with Steve Gorn on bansuri flute and Marilyn Crispell on tamboura. Steve played a few ragas. So beautiful, so peaceful. It was nice that Steve would talk to the audience about what he was doing, explaining the ragas a little and talking about the tuning of the tamboura.

Then Don Byron played with Karl, Harvey Sorgen, and Ken Filiano. Don brought up Bob Selcoe (trumpet) to play a piece that Bob composed during the afternoon’s workshop. Don finished with Thomas A. Dorsey’s “When I’ve Sung My Last Song” from Don’s album “Love, Peace, and Soul.”

Then things opened up for some of the workshop participants to get up and play with Harvey Sorgen, Kenny Wessel, and Ken Filiano, in various configurations. It was a high-energy set with some truly inspired  moments.

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