Two highly successful four-day workshops in May, and October, 2013 at the Full Moon Resort re-ignited CMS and its nonprofit parent, the Creative Music Foundation. Positive feedback from those workshops prompted CMS to offer two more workshops in 2014, the first during the peak of spring and the second during the height of autumn when the Catskill leaves are most colorful.
CMS Workshop Guiding Artists in 2013 included: Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Cyro Baptista, Marilyn Crispell, Steven Bernstein, Jason Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Steve Gorn, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Thomas Buckner, Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Omar Tamez, and John Menegon, in addition to Creative Music Foundation co- founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso.
CMS Workshops feature four days of intensive workshops, master classes, intimate concerts and informal jam sessions that inspire active listening, personal expression, improvisation and musical exploration. Musicians of any instrument, including voice, are welcome as are non-musicians. Adults who played music earlier in their lives can benefit from this lifelong learning opportunity that offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from and play with music masters, and to simply spend time with them in an informal, personal setting. The non-traditional atmosphere of the Creative Music Studio Workshop encourages participants to experiment, push beyond limits, genres and categories, to take risks, and to develop their own deeply personal musical expression.
In the CMS tradition, the 2103 workshops offered not only profound teachings from music masters but also gave participants game-changing perspectives, said Karl Berger. Joe, Judi, Henry, Peter, Marilyn, Warren and Tyshawn will continue in that direction, offering their heart-felt insights into playing, composing and improvising."
A typical day at the CMS 40th Anniversary Workshop is:
8:00 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 Body Awareness
10:15 –11:00 Rhythm/Voice Awareness, including GaMaLa Taki rhythm practice
11:30 – 1:00 Master Class/Workshop
1:00 – 2:15 Lunch
2:30 – 5:00 All Instruments Workshop
5:15 – 6:30 Improvisers Orchestra
6:30 – 7:00 Listening Meditation
7:00 – 8:15 Dinner
8:30 – 10:00 Concert with Guiding Artists10:00 - ?
Participant concerts and jams, unscheduled sessions
Late night consists of playing music, unscheduled sessions, conversations, bonfires, or simply stargazing at Full Moon's gorgeous location in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, with the historic Esopus Creek running through the expansive property.
CMS's parent nonprofit, the Creative Music Foundation, is working to fundraise in order to offer full and partial scholarships for the workshop. For more information, please call the Full Moon Resort, 845- 254-8009.
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.