by Peter Aaron
Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Ornette Coleman, the Creative Music Studio brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. Often cited as the birthplace of “world jazz,” CMS paired musicians from myriad cultural traditions with improvising artists from the jazz realm and continues to conduct musical workshops and retreats via its parent organization. Artists in the CMS Archive include Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Frederic Rzewski, Cecil Taylor, Pauline Oliveros, Paul Motian, Trilok Gurtu, Colin Walcott, Baba Olatunji, Nana Vasconcelos, Oliver Lake, Karl Berger, Garrett List, Carla Bley, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jimmy Giuffre, and many more.
Check out some stunning footage from a 1981 CMS benefit concert featuring Pat Metheny, Dewey Redman, Jack DeJohnette, Lee Konitz, and Miroslav Vitous:
“We are honored to receive a Grammy grant for the second straight year,” says Rob Saffer, CMF’s executive director. “The credibility of this prestigious grant cannot be overstated. Along with our association with Columbia University, receiving a Grammy grant will help elevate the importance of CMS and will fuel fundraising for all of our activities, from workshop scholarships and recordings to our oral history and archive projects.”
For more information, visit www.creativemusicfoundation.org.