Thursday, October 29, 2009

CMS Minifestival at Symphony Space

An Extraordinary Universe of Unexpected Sounds as Free Jazz Meets World Music

On Thursday, October 29, 2009, at the Thalia Theatre ( Symphony Space ) in New York, the Creative Music Studio offers a mini festival of musical conversations, featuring Kenny Wessel, guitar, Steve Gorn, bansuri flutes, Graham Haynes, cornet, Sylvain Leroux, flutes, Adam Rudolph percussion, Jorge Sylvester, alto sax, Badal Roy, tablas, flutes, Michael Bisio, bass, Ingrid Sertso, vocals, Karl Berger, piano, vibes and surprise guest.

The concert will benefit the ongoing Archive Project of the legendary Creative Music Studio (see "Oral Histories", stories from the CMS days, alternate with musical conversations in the free-wheeling spirit of CMS.

Mingle with fellow music lovers, enjoy light food and drinks, and join in conversation with the artists at 6:30pm as Symphony Space's artistic director and composer Laura Kaminsky moderates Underscore: Cocktails and Conversation.

The concert starts at 7:30 PM, with a second set starting at 9 PM. Advance tickets are $ 25, day of show 30.

For reservations go to or call 212 864 5400. The Thalia Theatre is located on 95th and Broadway in New York.

CMS collaborates with Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies in preserving its tape collection and providing first-person accounts of this exiting period of the development of free and world jazz.

The Creative Music Studio, founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, was the pre-eminent institution for world music and avant-garde jazz.

Credited as the birthplace of Worldjazz, the Creative Music Studio featured 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.

The Creative Music Studio is a program of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc.,a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible.

Please consider making the Creative Music Foundation one of your charities of choice. Thank you !

"It may still be one of the more obscure corners of the jazz universe,but CMS has had a major impact on improvising musicians across several generations." Jazz Times

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What's Goin' On In Woodstock?

The legendary Workshop with Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso
is coming back to Woodstock.

Hey, that's good news!

Here's the blurb from Karl's Facebook page:

No instruments needed.

Although seasoned music lovers and musicians will gain new perspectives from this work, no prior musical knowledge is needed in order to participate.

We begin by vitalizing the breath with sound and movement and vocalize through easy rhythmic-melodic improvisations.

We proceed to focus on timing and spontaneous attention, playfully using voice and movement with a practice of the legendary GaMaLaTaTaKi® technique.

We consciously explore and develop our sense of time and space through playing and listening.

We learn to be in touch with our natural Music Mind.

We travel to places that we didn’t even know existed. Your experiences of listening to and playing music will never be the same again.

Wednesdays at 6 PM in Woodstock ( please inquire at 845 679 8847 ).

Sequence of 4 weekly sessions, $ 80. Sliding scale. Work study scholarships available.
First sequence starting October 28.

For more information + sign-up please call CMS Studio at 845.679.8847
or Lou Pollack at 845.679.8508. E mail:,


Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Friends will perform in concert
Saturday, November 7 at the Kleinert Gallery, Woodstock