Janet Grice is Back in Brazil

Read this The Rio Times article on Janet in Rio.

I first met Janet at the ’77-’78 New Year’s Intensive at CMS, which featured the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

She has a doctorate in bassoon!

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Creative Music Studio’s Spring 2015 Workshop

Contact: Rob Saffer
845.679.5652
Rob@rioty.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Amir al Saffar, Steven Bernstein and Warren Smith
Join Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso As Guiding Artists
For the Creative Music Studio’s Spring 2015 Workshop

June 8 – 12 Workshop Features Intensive Workshops, Jam Sessions and
Intimate Concerts in a Spectacular Mountainside Setting

Woodstock, NY, March 6, 2015 — Composer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist and educator Amir al Saffar, composer/trumpeter/bandleader and CMS veteran Steven Bernstein, and percussion master Warren Smith join Creative Music Studio Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring 2015 Workshop intensive, June 8 – 12, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. An autumn workshop is scheduled for October 5-9 featuring Rudresh Manhantappa and others. More information and registration is available at: http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/cms-spring-2015-workshop.html.

Based on feedback from past workshops, CMS’s Spring 2015 Workshop will feature a new format designed to create more opportunities for participants and Guiding Artists to interact directly, formally and informally. CMS tested this format in Fall 2014 and received excellent feedback from participants. This workshop, during long spring days and nights, features one Guiding Artist(s) working with participants in two workshops each day versus past CMS workshops that offered multiple workshops with three or more Guiding Artists each day. 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.

“Surveys with workshop participants provide the insights we need to continually tweak the workshop format,” said Rob Saffer, Creative Music Foundation’s executive director. “We heard that both participants and Guiding Artists wanted to work deeper. By simplifying the format, we gave artists and participants a better chance to get to know each in both formal workshop settings and more intimate informal settings such as meals.”

CMS Workshop Guiding Artists in 2013 and 2104 included: Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Henry Threadgill, Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, 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, 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

“All our workshops have a different feel,” said Karl Berger, CMF’s artistic director. “This workshop promises to be both conceptual and practical. These artists are great alchemists and at the same time, will offer insights into the art and craft of making original, creative music.”
A recap of all CMS Workshops, along with highlight videos, is at: http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/cms-workshops.html.
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 Awareness, including GaMaLa Taki rhythm
practice
11:30 – 1:00 Master Class/Workshop with Guiding Artist
1:00 – 2:15 Lunch
2:30 – 5:00 All Instruments Workshop with Guiding Artist
5:15 – 6:30 Improvisers Orchestra with Karl Berger
6:30 – 7:00 Listening Meditation
7:00 – 8:15 Dinner
8:30 – 10:00 Concert 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: music@fullmoonresort.com, or click this link for more information and to register: http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/cms-spring-2015-workshop.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 Premieres Music from the CMS Archive Project: Open Studio Listening Session

Open Studio Listening Session 4pm Sunday, November 23

November 10, Woodstock, NY – The Creative Music Studio will host an ‘Open Studio’ Listening Session where music from its archive of over 550 rare concert recordings made in Woodstock in the 1970s and 1980s will be played. A Q&A with CMS co-founder and artistic director, Karl Berger, will follow and light refreshments will be served. The Open Studio Listening Session, Sunday, November 23 from 4:00 – 5:30pm is free and open to the public. It will take place at CMS’s studio in Woodstock. Seats are limited and an RSVP is required (845-679-8847 or creativemusicfoundation1@gmail.com).

Some of the artists in the CMS Archive include: Woodstock’s Marilyn Crispell and Dave Holland, Jimmy Giuffre, Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Olu Dara, Colin Walcott, John Cage, Lee Konitz, Frederic Rzewski, Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor, as well as CMF co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso.

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. 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. A prestigious grant from the Grammy Foundation also supported the restoration and preservation of the CMS Archive Project.

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 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. The first edition went on sale in spring 2014 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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

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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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