CMS Workshops

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 simply spending 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.

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In the 1970s and 1980s, CMS was renowned for its legendary "workshop intensives." These featured hundreds of guiding artists, including five MacArthur "genius" Fellows. After a decades-long hiatus offering these workshops, in 2013 under the guidance of CMF artistic director/co-founder Karl Berger and the organization’s executive director/producer, Rob Saffer, CMS began offering workshop intensives to professional and amateur musicians, adults interested in lifelong learning, and even to fans of the music, who don’t play an instrument at all. A few were dancers!

Each workshop typically features 8 – 10 Guiding Artists and 18 – 25 participants. The days and nights are long, challenging, energizing, exhausting, inspirational, frustrating, fun, insightful and mostly a rare opportunity to focus on music day and night with others who share a passion for improvisation.

 

Workshop Format:

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 simply spending 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.

A typical day at the CMS Workshop is:

  • 8:00 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Body Awareness
  • 10:15 – 11:15 Rhythm/Voice Awareness; GaMaLa Taki Rhythm Method
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Master Class/Workshop
  • 1:00 – 2:15 Lunch
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Body Awareness
  • 2:45 – 5:00 Master Class
  • 5:15 – 6:30 Improvisers Orchestra
  • 6:30 – 7:00 Listening Meditation
  • 7:00 – 8:15 Dinner
  • 8:30 – 10:00 Performances with Guiding Artists
  • 10:00 - ? Participant concerts and jams, unscheduled sessions

CMS Workshop Guiding Artists for 2013 to 2015 have included: Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Henry Threadgill, Joe Lovano, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey, Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Badal Roy, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Cyro Baptista, Marilyn Crispell, Steven Bernstein, Jason Hwang, Kurt Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Steve Gorn, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Thomas Buckner, Judi Silvano, Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Omar Tamez, Warren Smith, Amir ElSaffar, and John Menegon, in addition to Creative Music Foundation co-founders Karl Berger, and Ingrid Sertso.

no two notes are the same

“Because I play music nearly every day, I can get stuck in ruts in my thinking and playing. This workshop...
2017-03-01T23:15:32+00:00
“Because I play music nearly every day, I can get stuck in ruts in my thinking and playing. This workshop gave me a refresh and recharge. As Karl Berger reminded us, no two notes are the same. You play a G and then you play it again, and the sound waves are always different. If through the power of listening we can tune into this, then we will never hear the same note twice. There will be no ruts to get stuck in. This is why I play music. I’d like to thank the donors and sponsors of Creative Music Studios for their generosity, as they have provided me with this incredible opportunity to reconnect with my musical purpose, and to study with some of the greatest musicians alive in the world today.”

Beautiful!

a beautiful thing!
5.0
2016-01-28T19:16:33+00:00
a beautiful thing!

be a part of something bigger than oneself

“The conversation is stimulating. The atmosphere is great and the people are friendly. It’s an opportunity to be heard, but...
5.0
2016-02-21T00:09:12+00:00
“The conversation is stimulating. The atmosphere is great and the people are friendly. It’s an opportunity to be heard, but also be a part of something bigger than oneself.”

“I like that it wasn’t just about becoming a better musician, but also about becoming a better human being and...
5.0
2016-02-21T03:29:08+00:00
“I like that it wasn’t just about becoming a better musician, but also about becoming a better human being and an artist.The whole thing felt more intimate than any other program.”

“I am still digesting what happened on the marvelous week and I probably will spend my whole life understanding more...
5.0
2016-02-21T03:30:22+00:00
“I am still digesting what happened on the marvelous week and I probably will spend my whole life understanding more and more."
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