Creative Music Foundation

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CMS Announces 2014 Workshops June 9 – 13 and September 30 – October 4

The Creative Music Studio continues its resurgence, offering two four-day workshops in 2014 at the well-appointed Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Like its predecessors in 2013, the workshops – June 9 – 13 and September 30 – October 4 -- will feature renowned musicians and educators from all over the world and from many of the world’s musical traditions. Deadline to register for the June workshop is May 19, 2014. Online registration is available here: 

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, 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.  

“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. “And the workshop inspired remarkable musical sharing and highlights. The Guiding Artists and Participants all asked us to do more workshops. The 2014 workshops promise to be a magical experience for all of us.” 

A recap of the May, 2013 workshop is at: A video recap can be viewed below:

A recap of CMS’s October, 2013 is at: It includes this short video featuring testimonials from workshop participants:

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 the GaMaLa Taki practice

11:15 - 1:00           Orchestral Improvisation Workshop

1:00 - 2:15             Lunch

2:30 - 4:30             All Instruments Workshop with Guiding Artists

4:45 – 6:00            Master Class with Guiding Artist

6:00 - 6:30             Listening Meditation

6:30 - 8:00             Dinner

8:00 - 9:30             Concert with Guiding Artists

9:30 - ?                  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. 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’s parent nonprofit, the Creative Music Foundation, is working 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:, or click here to register:

More information will be made available on this site as Guiding Artists are announced in the coming weeks. 


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Featured Video

Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra

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