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Creative Music Studio Announces Fall Workshop, October 5-9, 2015

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Peter Apfelbaum, Billy Martin and Rudresh Mahanthappa join CMS Co- Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso for CMS Fall Workshop-- intensive workshops, jam sessions and intimate concerts in a spectacular mountainside setting
Composer/multi-instrumentalist and Creative Music Studio alumnus Peter Apfelbaum, master percussionist/educator Billy Martin, and composer/saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will join CMS Artistic Directors/Co-Founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the Creative Music Studio Fall 2015 Workshop Intensive, October 5-9, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.

CMS’s Fall 2015 Workshop features a format designed to create ample opportunities for participants and Guiding Artists to interact directly, both formally and informally. This workshop, during the height of the autumn colors, features one Guiding Artist working with participants in two workshops each day. As in the past, there will be daily CMS Basic Practice (body movement, breath work, rhythm and vocal training), as well as 90 minutes each day with Karl Berger leading orchestra of improvisers. Additional Guiding Artists, such as bassist Ken Filiano and others, will be on hand to work with participants on a more personal level, informally coaching, playing and tutoring daily.

“When I returned from the workshop I picked up my instrument and was blown away by the change in my mental and physical approach to playing. I was no longer afraid to play, no longer in doubt of the truth and power of my own inner music,” said a CMS Spring Workshop participant. “I found my playing was reborn. I had gained a refreshed view of sound and rhythm. My hearing was more attuned and my mind was, too.”

Another recent workshop participant said, “CMS offers a welcoming, supportive and validating environment in which to be reborn, musically and spiritually. I came away with a new excitement for the appreciation, practice and performance of music. No longer was I overwhelmed by a seemingly insurmountable task of mastering music; now I could make music with joy and confidence."

CMS Workshop Guiding Artists in 2013 and 2104 included: Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Henry Threadgill, Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Cyro Baptista, Marilyn Crispell, Steven Bernstein, Jason Kao Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Steve Gorn , Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Thomas Buckner, Judi Silvano, Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Badal Roy, Omar Tamez, and John Menegon, in addition to Creative Music Foundation co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. Steven Bernstein, Amir ElSaffar and Warren Smith are Guiding Artists for CMS’s Spring 2015 Workshop.

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 on 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.

“CMS has always been about musical sharing across cultures,” said Karl Berger. “This workshop delivers on that promise. We’re excited to learn more about Indian Carnatic music from Rudresh, and are blessed to be joined by Billy, an extraordinary drummer who is equally as committed to education. And, of course Peter, is the consummate CMS artist, originally coming to CMS as a teenager in the 1970s.”

A recap of all CMS Workshops, along with highlight videos and participant testimonials, is on the Creative Music Foundation website.

A typical day at the CMS 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
2:30-2:45: Body Awareness
2:45-5:00: 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 Artists
10:00-?: 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 fundraising in order to offer full and partial scholarships for the workshop. For more information and online registration, please call the Full Moon Resort, 845-254-8009, email: music@fullmoonresort.com, or click here to register.

About The Creative Music Foundation

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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