Today, a thriving CMS community lives on in a remarkable network of players in the Woodstock area, in New York and around the world. We are connecting with CMS Guiding Artists and Alumni to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Creative Music Studio and to gather stories about their time at the Studio and the influence of CMS in their lives.
A Creative Music Studio Directory is in the works.
Bands formed through connections made at the Creative Music Studio:
- Codona (Colin Walcott, Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos)
- Curlew (Tom Cora, Bill Bacon, George Cartwright and Bill Laswell)
- Swollen Monkeys (Ralph Carney, Mars Williams, Ted Orr, Donnie Davis, Chris Morgan, Tony Villodas, Dave Buck, Dan Klayman, Bill (Otto Kentrol), Ylitalo, Kramer, T-Bone Taylor)
- String Trio of New York (John Lindberg, James Emery, Leroy Jenkins)
CMS Guiding Artists:
Creative Music Studio instructors, known as "Guiding Artists", included the luminaries of the Avant Jazz, World Jazz communities. The list of 100+ Guiding Artists can be seen at our Guiding Artists page.
CMS Participants include Ted Orr (guitar/midi guitar, tablas), who was the cook at CMS from 1979-84. His career has been studded with ensembles that include fellow CMSers...Swollen Monkeys, Futu Futu, Blue Food, various bands with Gary and Pam Windo, and BLOB. He currently also works in a P-Funk offshoot called 420 Funk Mob. He is partners with Karl at Sertso Studio, and is chief engineer for the CMS Archive Project. Ted Orr is on Facebook and is the admin of the CMS Facebook page.