Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Woodstock's Creative Music Foundation Gets Second Grammy Grant

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The Creative Music Foundations Tedd Orr and Kerl Berger
  • Fionn Reilly
  • The Creative Music Foundation's Tedd Orr and Kerl Berger

Chronogram congrats go out once again to Woodstock’s Creative Music Foundation. For the second year in a row, the nonprofit organization has received a preservation grant from the Grammy Foundation to help restore, preserve, and digitize the archive of 551 concerts that were conducted at the fabled Creative Music Studio in the 1970s and 1980s. CMF was one of only 14 organizations to receive the prestigious grant ($13,720), will assist in the digitizing of 121 newly discovered recordings in the CMS Archive, to be permanently housed at the Columbia University Library.

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.

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