Monday, August 10, 2009

"Different Music" Festival

This was, what, the third Different Music Festival?

Well, it happened on the weekend, Saturday, August 8.

Here'a Facebook page on it:

In case you don't feel like clicking on over to Facebook, here's the lowdown:

“Different Music” Festival & World Beat Dance Party to Benefit the Creative Music Studio’s Archive Project

Saturday August 8, 7 PM to Midnight
The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd., Woodstock N.Y.

(Woodstock NY) July 22, 2009: This summer we celebrate music history generated from Woodstock. Another major Woodstock force in the history of music is the Creative Music Studio.

The Creative Music Studio announces a one-night only “DIFFERENT MUSIC” FESTIVAL, featuring some of the finest jazz and world-beat musicians playing together in small groups and orchestra, Saturday, August 8, 7p-Midnight at the Colony Café, Woodstock NY.

The evening concludes with a World Beat Dance Party to the music of Futu Futu, the popular jam band-fun-roots music ensemble that originated at CMS, the pioneering avant-garde jazz and world music school and performance center based in Woodstock from 1971 until the late ‘80’s.

The “DIFFERENT MUSIC” Festival is part of a series of events to benefit the CMS Archive Project to digitize the extraordinary collection of concert tapes featuring the giants of jazz and world music recorded in the heyday of CMS.

Festival ticket price: $20, $15 for students

Different Music Festival schedule:

7pm- Small Group Conversations -Gems of improvised chamber music:

A set of solo/duo/trio delicacies featuring Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Steve Bernstein, John Lindberg, Don Davis, Bob Selcoe, and special guests.

8:30pm- The legendary CMS Orchestra

An improvising music extravaganza, featuring all of the above players plus special guests Janet Grice, bassoon, Jane Scarpantoni cello, Jayna Nelson, flutes, Bob Selcoe, Joe McPhee, Paul Henderson, Nathan Brenowitz, trumpets, Joe Giardullo, sopranosax, Don Davis, Jorge Sylvester, altosax, Peter Buettner, flute and tenor sax, Tom Collins, Bill Ylitalo, baritone sax, Ted Orr, guitar, John Lindberg, bass, Tani Tabbal, drums, Chuck Ver Straeten, vocals, Ingrid Sertso, poetry, vocals, Karl Berger, conducting.

10pm-12am - World Beat Dance Party with Futu Futu!!!

Featuring Joakim Lartey, Percussion, Vocal; Chris Lané, Guitar,Fx, Vocal; Ted Orr, MIDI Guitar; Peter Buettner, Saxophone; guests- Alana Orr, Bass; Tani Tabbal, Drums, and other special guests from the CMS Orchestra. This African Funk mix makes you dance, on your feet and in your head.

- The Creative Music Studio Archive Project is preserving the large collection of live performances -more than 350 audio and video tapes - recorded from 1972 to 1986 at CMS facilities in Woodstock NY, as well as other concerts sites in the USA. CMS has joined forces with Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies to complete the project, which will be housed at Columbia as part of the CJS Jazz Studies Online program.

Under the guidance of CMS-Director Karl Berger, master engineer and composer Ted Orr leads the effort to transfer and re-master the tapes. The new masters are being stored and backed up in 3 digital formats (Hard Drive, CDs, DVDs ).

Among the extraordinary artists featured on these recordings:

Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith, Sam Rivers, Ed Blackwell, Foday Suso, Abdullah Ibrahim, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Giuffre, Frederic Rzewski, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Paulo Moura, Nana Vasconcelos, Pauline Oliveros, Karl Berger, Baikida Carroll, Trilok Gurtu, Steve Gorn, Ismet Siral, Fred Frith, Oliver Lake, Lee Konitz, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, Olu Dara and many other stellar talents (for a complete list, visit ).

Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, The Creative Music Studio was the pre-eminent institution for world music and avant-garde jazz. Credited as the birthplace of Worldjazz, CMS was a hotbed of creativity and improvisation featuring some of the world's most renowned improvising musician/composers.

The CMS community now exists as a remarkable network of creative musicians all over the world.

For more information on CMS and the Archive Project – visit, and

For information on Futu Futu -

Different Music Festival, contact Stanton Warren 845-679-5616

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