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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CMS Improvisers Chamber Orchestra Debuts in NYC April 16

March 22, 2016 – The revamped Creative Music Studio will present the debut of its new Improvisers Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karl Berger with a premiere performance at 8:30 pm on Saturday, April 16 at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker Street) in Greenwich Village. A stellar lineup includes CMS Associate Artistic Directors Steven Bernstein, Billy Martin and Peter Apfelbaum, along with many others.

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Critics Excited About Second CMS Archive CDs

Woodstock, NY, March 16, 2016 – Music critics are enthusiastically praising the second three-CD set from the Creative Music Studio Archive Project. “Delicious,” “wide-ranging,” “fertile explorations, genuine adventures” and “outstanding” are just a few of the phrases that capture their impressions of this important new release. “Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Volume 2" has garnered critical raves in JazzTimes, Jazz Weekly, New York City Jazz Record, and many others.

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CMS and Ecole Fula Flute Enjoy Huge Successes in Guinea, West Africa

As a fiscal sponsor for CMS Alumnus Sylvain Leroux's Ecole Fula Flute project, CMS helped raise over $4500, providing consistent support for the school throughout 2016. More important, children enrolled in the school have made great progress in learning to play music and have appeared at the investiture (inauguration) of Guinea's new president as well as on television.

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Meshell Ndegeocello, Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph and CMS Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso To Lead Spring 2016 Workshop

Composer/bassist/vocalist and educator Meshell Ndegeocello, Moroccan gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, and percussionist/composer/bandleader Adam Rudolph join Creative Music Studio Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring 2016 Workshop intensive, June 6 – 10, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.

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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 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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