Friday, February 12, 2010

CMS Archive Recordings: You Can Subscribe!

Listen to great music and help support the Creative Music Studio Archive Project

As many of you know, the Creative Music Studio is digitally remastering its archive of hundreds of hours of never-heard-before music, featuring important artists from Anthony Braxton, Nana Vasconcelos, Jimmy Giuffre, and George Lewis to Frederic Rzewski, Ed Blackwell and many others ( see )

The project is being funded primarily by CMS fans, friends, musicians and colleagues all over the world. By becoming a subscribing CMS member, you can directly support the CMS Archive Project. That's good. What's even better is that you'll get an advanced copy of each recording before it's released to the public ( Vol.1 April 1, Planet Arts Records ).

"CMS Archive Selections" will issue two recordings per year for a total of 12. The first volume, with music by David Izenzon, solo and in trio with Ingrid Sertso and Karl Berger, Oliver Lake and the CMS Orchestra, and Foday Suso with the Mandingo Griot Society, featuring Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph is ready now. Subsequent releases will feature rare CMS performances by Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Giuffre, Nana Vasconcelos, Frederic Rzewski, Karl Berger, and many others.

For the basic membership/subscription of $60 per year, you'll receive 2 volumes of the CMS Archive Selection CDs annually, as well as regular updates on the Archive Project, and notices/discounts on CMS events and workshops, including Oral History events and music online.

For the premium membership/subscription of $95 per year you'll receive, in addition, full access, by password, to the Online Archive, including webstreams of unreleased tracks and videos, new "oral history" events, blogs and new concert recordings, and your name will be listed in the booklets of upcoming CMS Archive Selection CDs as a sustaining member.

Your membership is the only way we can digitize and distribute music from the Archive, music that's historically important and great to listen to. Your patronage will ensure that the music of CMS will remain vibrant and available to fans and students around the world. And time is of the essence here.

All additional contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law: the Creative Music Foundation, Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Please help keep the music of CMS alive by becoming a member today. If you subscribe before March 31, you will receive a limited edition advance copy signed by Karl Berger, and your name will be listed in upcoming CD liner notes as one of the special members that helped in the initiation of the CMS Archive Selection Series.

Please make checks payable to CMS (or Creative Music Studio) and send to CMS, POB 671, Woodstock N.Y. 12498. Your membership includes shipping/handling costs. Or simply make your pledge by email to, stating your postal mailing address.

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