April 4, 2013To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com

Keyboard wizard John Medeski to Join

Dave Douglas, Oliver Lake,
Steven Bernstein, Don Byron, 

Mark Helias, Kenny Wessel, Ken Filiano, Thomas Buckner and Others

As Guiding Artists for the

 Creative Music Studio’s
40th Anniversary Workshop

May 20-May 24 Workshop Features Intensive Master Classes, Presentations and Exciting Jam Sessions
with an All-Star Roster of Guiding Artists

Deadline to Register is April 15.

Woodstock, NY, April 4, 2013 – Keyboard wizard John Medeski is the latest Guiding Artist confirmed to help celebrate the Creative Music Stuido’s 40thanniversary by participating in the CMS 40th Anniversary Workshop, May 20-24, at Full Moon Resort just west of Woodstock. In addition to Medeski, Guiding Artists confirmed to attend include trumpeters Dave Douglas and Steven Bernstein, saxophonist Oliver Lake, reedist Don Byron, pianist Marilyn Crispell, flutist Steve Gorn, guitarist Ken Wessel, bassists Mark Helias and Ken Filiano, drummers Harvey Sorgenand Tani Tabbal, vocalists Thomas Buckner and Ingrid Sertso, and pianist Karl Berger. Additional Guiding Artists and Special Guests are expected and will be announced soon.Registration deadline is April 15.This 40th Anniversary Workshop will feature four days of intensive workshops, master classes, presentations and informal jam sessions that inspire deep listening, personal expression, improvisation and musical exploration. Musicians of any instrument, including voice, are welcome as are non-musicians. Guiding artists will build on CMS’s legacy by helping participants focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication. The workshop offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and play with music masters, and to simply spend time with them in an informal setting.“Reminiscent of CMS’s campus in Woodstock, the Full Moon Resort is the perfect place for a CMS 40th Anniversary Workshop,” said Karl Berger, CMS founder and artistic director. “It’s an environment that will excite and inspire, where musicians and students can live, play and record, just as they did at CMS decades ago. The non-traditional atmosphere of the Creative Music Studio Workshop will encourage participants to experiment, push beyond limits, genres and categories, to take risks, and to develop their own deeply personal musical expression.”A typical day at the CMS 40th Anniversary Workshop begins with body work such as Tai Chi or yoga, a gourmet breakfast and a morning master class with Guiding Artists. Lunch is at noon, followed by some free time. Afternoons feature two workshops/master classes with Guiding Artists John Medeski, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Steven Bernstein, Don Byron, Marilyn Crispell, Steve Gorn, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Ken Wessel, Mark Helias, Thomas Buckner, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. After some late afternoon free time and dinner, evenings will include concerts, jam sessions, or workshops. Late night consists of playing music, bonfires, or simply stargazing at Full Moon’s gorgeous location in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.

CMS’s parent nonprofit, the Creative Music Foundation, is working to offer full and partial scholarships for the workshop.

For more information, including a curriculum and online registration, please visit:

http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/cms-40th-anniversary-workshop.html or call the Full Moon Resort, 845-254-8009, or by email:music@fullmoonresort.com.
Registration deadline is April 15.


The Creative Music Foundation, a 501C(3) nonprofit corporation, makes it possible to profoundly experience and express our deep connection with the transforming energies of music, our universal language. CMF programs focus on the common elements of all music, emphasizing keen awareness, personal expression, intensive listening and cross-cultural communication, and providing unique opportunities for musicians, students and listeners from different backgrounds and traditions to explore together, share, develop, and broaden their musical understanding and sensitivity. CMF pursues its mission through workshops, residencies, coaching, concerts, recordings and archival projects that engage both listeners and musicians in the USA and around the world.


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Karl Berger is an award-winning composer/arranger, winner of six Downbeat Critics Polls as a jazz soloist, the mastermind behind the legendary Creative Music Studio and the emergence of spontaneously arranged confluences of individual improvisational expressions and world musical traditions that is the CMS trademark. His recordings and world-wide performances included musicians from the jazz tradition such as Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Graham Haynes, Bob Stewart, Kenny Wessel, and from world musical backgrounds such as Steve Gorn, Nana Vasconcelos, Ismet Siral, Hozan Yamamoto. He collaborated with Don Cherry,Gunter Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, just to name a few.Karl Berger now records for the Tzadik label.His writing credits include orchestral arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley, Angela Kidjo, Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, many collaborations with producer Bill Laswell and the groundbreaking orchestral composition “No Man Is An Island”. Karl Berger and Friends continue to present residencies world-wide, notably in Italy, Germany, Istanbul and Brazil.During the ’70- and ’80’s, the Woodstock-based Creative Music Studio was considered the premier study center for contemporary creative music. Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, CMS brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. Unprecedented in its range and diversity, CMS was an acknowledged phenomenon in the international music world, providing participants with the rare opportunity to interact personally with the musical giants of improvisation and musical thought on a daily basis.CMS is credited as the birthplace of Worldjazz – the improvisational and compositional expansion of the world’s musical traditions. Now one of the main driving forces in many styles of music, this concept was pioneered very early at CMS, guided by authentic leaders. Hundreds of live concerts were recorded, many heralded as landmark performances. Thousands of workshops, master classes, concerts and colloquia inspired a generation of musicians who took with them the ideas, concepts and practices developed at CMS. The CMS community still exists in a remarkable network of creative musicians, many of whom came to CMS from Asia, Europe and South America.
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