Creative Music Foundation

Music is our common language

The Creative Music Foundation 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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CMF to Sponsor l’Ecole Fula Flute in West Africa

The Creative Music Foundation is acting as the nonprofit ‘fiscal sponsor’ for CMS alumnus Sylvain Leroux’s project to teach music to children in Guinea, West Africa. CMF is taking tax-deductible donations for the ‘l’Ecole Fula Flute.’ Read Sylvain’s story of how he started the school and the progress it’s made.

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Listen to the Five-Hour WKCR Jazz Profile on CMS

The five-hour WKCR Jazz Profile on CMS is available for listening via the WKCR Archive. Hosted by Kat Whatley, the October 25th program featured in-studio interviews with Steven Bernstein and Peter Apfelbaum and rare recordings from the CMS Archive Selections CD series.

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CMS To Be Focus of Five-Hour WKCR “Jazz Profile” on Sunday, October 25

The Creative Music Studio and its archive of over 550 rare recordings will be the subject of a five hour “Jazz Profile” on WKCR-FM on Sunday, October 25 from 2:00 pm (ET) – 7:00 pm (ET). Hosted by Kat Whatley and featuring live interviews with Steven Bernstein and Peter Apfelbaum, the program can be heard on 89.9 FM in the NYC area and streamed online via and the Tune-In radio app.

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CMS Fall Workshop Recap: Creating Community Through Sound

Guiding Artists Peter Apfelbaum, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Billy Martin, Ken Filiano, Kirk Knuffke, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and 22 participants created a five day musical community, a diverse orchestra of human creativity. Drummer/composer John Colpitts’s daily journal offers a wonderful recap.

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Jack DeJohnette, Marilyn Crispell, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Gorn, Marc Black And Many More To Perform Two Benefit Concerts Celebrate Ingrid Sertso’s Recovery

Two upcoming concerts will celebrate vocalist/poet and Creative Music Foundation co-founder Ingrid Sertso’s recovery from a four-months-long hospitalization. Proceeds from the concerts will help to offset the staggering medical co-payments Ingrid and her family endured. They will be Monday, September 28 at the Falcon in Marlboro, NY and October 17 at the Kleinert-James Gallery in Woodstock.

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Four Concerts October 5 – 8 Offer Intimate Setting to Hear Peter Apfelbaum, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Billy Martin and Others

World-class musicians taking part in the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop, including composer/multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, Carnatic saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and percussionist/multi-media artist Billy Martin, along with CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso are participating in four concerts Monday, October 5 through Thursday, October 8 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 or festivals. A donation of $20 to CMS is suggested at the door and seating in the Roadhouse is limited.

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CMS Spring 2015 Workshop: Requiem for Ornette!

Guiding Artists Steven Bernstein, Amir ElSaffar, Warren Smith and CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso headlined another spectacular and particularly poignant CMS Spring Workshop, as news that CMS co-founder Ornette Coleman had died. Over 20 participants as well as Ken Filiano, and Omar and Emilio Tamez, joined in a fully immersive musical experience. A full recap and concert reviews follow.

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Creative Music Foundation Releases Second CD Set of Rare, Critically Acclaimed Archive Recordings

Creative Music Foundation Releases Second CD Set of Rare, Critically Acclaimed Archive Recordings A torrid first encounter between avant-garde jazz titan Anthony Braxton and Marilyn Crispell, a rare chance to hear Don Cherry playing with and conducting an orchestra, and a workshop peek at the roots of the nascent “world jazz super-group” Codona are among the highlights of the Creative Music Foundation’s Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 2, to be released at retail and on iTunes and Amazon on October 15, 2015 by Planet Arts Recordings.

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Peter Apfelbaum, Billy Martin and Rudresh Mahanthappa Join CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso To Lead Fall 2015 Workshop, October 5 – 9

Composer/multi-instrumentalist and Creative Music Studio alumnus Peter Apfelbaum, master percussionist/educator Billy Martin, and composer/saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will join CMS Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the Creative Music Studio Fall 2015 Workshop Intensive, October 5 – 9, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.

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Creative Music Foundation Receives Second Grammy Foundation Grant To Restore, Preserve and Digitize The CMS Archive

For the second year in a row, the nonprofit Creative Music Foundation has received a preservation grant from the Grammy Foundation to help restore, preserve and digitize the CMS Archive, 551 concerts conducted at the Creative Music Studio in the 1970s and 1980s. CMF was one of only 14 organizations to receive the prestigious grant. The grant, for $13,720, will help CMF digitize 121 newly discovered recordings in the CMS Archive, which is being preserved and housed by the Columbia University Library.

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CMS recordings for Sale

The second limited edition 3-CD set from the CMS Archive Project features rare small group, large ensemble and world music gems from Don Cherry, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Collin Walcott and many more. It's just $25.

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