Guiding Artists

Creative Music Studio instructors, known as Guiding Artists, are international luminaries from the experimental edges of music, literature, dance, poetry and other arts. Initially, many of the Guiding Artists were those who had moved to the Woodstock, New York area, including Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gorn, and Anthony Braxton, among many others.

After a few years of conducting workshops, the Creative Music Studio's reputation exploded and soon, Guiding Artists from all over the world—and from all of the world's musical traditions—began flocking to CMS. They came from California and Maine, from Turkey and Italy, from South America and Africa. Their talents spanned a variety of artistic disciplines and their backgrounds helped create a fertile foundation for a musical blend never before seen or heard. Among this second wave of CMS Guiding Artists are: Don Cherry, Jimmy Giuffre, Frederic Rzewski, Wadada Leo Smith, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor, Baba Olatunji, Roscoe Mitchell, Pat Metheny, George Lewis, Nana Vasconcelos, Foday Musa Suso, Oliver Lake, John Cage, Paulo Moura, Ismet Siral, Allen Ginsberg, Aiyb Dieng and many others.

This growth continues today; CMS Guiding Artists, who come from all edges of musical innovation and traditions, come to CMS to transmit their wisdom and insights about music. These have included major award winners such as MacArthur Fellows Vijay Iyer and Steve Coleman, and Pulitizer Prize winning composer Henry Threadgill, as well as artists representing a variety of backgrounds and traditions, from Amir elSaffar’s teaching Maqam, Hassan Hakmoun with gnawa music, and Cyro Baptista’s exploration of Brazillian rhythms to Badal Roy’s teaching the language of tabla and Indian ragas and Don Byron sharing his love of American gospel music.

CMS Guiding Artists in 2013 - 2017 have included Vijay Iyer, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Henry Threadgill, Pauline Oliveros, Fabaian Almazan, Nels Cline, Susie Ibarra, Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph, Billy Martin, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Cyro Baptista, Marilyn Crispell, Min Xiao Fen, Joe McPhee, Taylor Ho Bynum, Angelica Sanchez, Steven Bernstein, Jason Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Steve Gorn, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Maria Grand, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Thomas Buckner, Judi Silvano, Iva Bittova, Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Badal Roy, Warren Smith, Omar Tamez, and John Menegon, in addition to Creative Music Foundation co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso.

An alphabetical listing of Guiding Artists:

A 
John Abercrombie, Rashied Ali, Barry Altschul, Maryanne Amacher, Ramsey Ameen, William Ames, Peter Apfelbaum, Walter Zuber Armstrong, Art Ensemble of Chicago

B 
Derek BaileyCyro Baptista, A. Spencer BarefieldThurman Barker, David Behrman, Ingrid BergerKarl Berger,  Warren Bernhardt, Steven Bernstein, John Betsch, Ed Blackwell, Carla Bley, Lester BowieCharles BrackeenAnthony BraxtonPeter BrotzmannMarion Brown, Thomas Buckner, Peter Buettner, Dave Burrell, Taylor Ho Bynum, Don Byron

C 
John Cage, Baikida CarrollKent CarterJoseph Celli, Andrea CentazzoEugene Chadbourne, Dennis Charles, Larry ChernicoffDon CherryJay ClaytonOrnette Coleman, Steve Coleman, John Colpitts, Steve Colson, Sara Cook, Jerome Cooper, Chick Corea, Tom Cora, Marilyn Crispell, Blondell CummingsAlvin Curran

D
Z.M. Usted DagarOlu Dara, Anthony Davis, Don Davis, Thulani Davis, Jack DeJohnette, Paul De Marinas, Yaya DialloRobert DickAiyb Dieng, Dave Douglas, Hamid Drake

E-F
Marty Ehrlich, Amir ElSaffar, James Emery, Douglas Ewart, Malachi Favors, Min Xiao Fen,  Ken Filiano, Milo FineSemith FirinciogluGuilherme Franco, Becky Friend, Fred Frith, Paul & Limpe Fuchs

G 
Allen GinsbergJohn Giorno, Jimmy Giuffre, Gene GoldenAndy GonzalezJerry Gonzalez, Steve Gorn, Andre Goudbeek, Janet GriceTrilok Gurtu

H
Steve Haas, Charlie Haden, Hassan Hakmoun, Jim HartogJames Harvey, Mark HeliasJulius HemphillDick Higgins, Gary Hill, Richard Hill, Timothy Hill,  Anthony Holland, Dave Holland, John Hollenbeck, William HookerZakir Hussein, Jason Hwang

I-J
Abdullah Ibrahim, Vijay Iyer, David Izenson, Michael Gregory Jackson, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Joseph Jarman, Ahmadu Jarr, Leroy Jenkins, Howard Johnson, Raymond Johnson, Rrata Christine Jones

K
Don Knaack, Tanya KalmanovitchKurt Knuffke, Steven Kolpan, Toshinori KondoLee Konitz, Alhaji Bai Konte, Dembo Konte, Takehisa KosugiPeter Kowald, Katrina KrimskyGarry Kvistad

L-M

Steve Lacy, Pheeroan ak LaffOliver Lake, Byard Lancaster, Jeanne LeeSylvain LerouxGeorge Lewis, Garrett List, Mark Lockett, Joe Lovano, Frank Lowe, Jimmy LyonsMichael Lytle, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tony MalabyMike Manieri, Michael Mantler, Dumisani MaraireBilly Martin, Stu Martin, Joe McPhee,  John Medeski, John Menegon, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Pat Metheny, Harry Miller, Roscoe Mitchell, Louis MoholoGrachan Moncur III, Butch Morris, Bob Moses, Paulo Moura, Paul Motian, Don MoyeEphat Mujuru, Sunny Murray                                   

N-P

Pandit Pran Nath, Edmund Niemann, Babatunde OlatunjiPauline OliverosUrsula Oppens, Peter Orlovsky, Gerald OshitaK. Paramjyoti, Evan Parker, J.D. Parran, Hannibal Peterson, Henri Pousseur, John Preinenger

R-S 
Vasant RaiTom Rainey, Dewey RedmanSteve ReichSam RiversRova Saxophone Quartet, Badal Roy, Roswell RuddAdam RudolphGeorge RussellFrederic Rzewski, G.S. Sachdev, Angelica Sanchez, Ed Sanders, Carlos Santana, Tom SchmidtLakshmi Shankar, Schoenberg String Quartet, Alan Silva, Judi Silvano, Ismet SiralLeo Smith, Warren SmithHarvey Sollberger, Tyshawn Sorey, Harvey Sorgen,  Speculum MusicaeJohn Surman, Foday Musa Suso, Steve Swallow

T-Z
Tani Tabbal, Omar Tamez, Cecil Taylor, John TchicaiRichard Teitelbaum, Faruk TekbilekHaci Tekbilek, Walter Thompson, Henry Threadgill, Yung Yung Tsuai, Tamia Valmont, Tom Varner, Erasto Vasconcelos, Nana Vasconcelos, Janine Pommy Vega, Murat Verdi, Miroslav VitousCollin Walcott, Ann Waldman, Carlos Ward, Peter Warren, Kenny Wessel, Kenny Wheeler, Philip Wilson, Gary WindoCarlos ZingaroJohn Zorn