Creative Music Studio (CMS)
The title of Robert Sweet's 1996 retrospective of Creative Music Studio (CMS) pretty much sums up the foundation's philosophy past, present and future. Music Universe, Music Mind cuts to the heart of what pianist, vibraphonist, composer Karl Berger, his wife, singer Ingrid Sertso, and Ornette Coleman had in mind when they moved their fledgling non-profit, Creative Music Foundation, from a shared office in Greenwich Village to a barn in Woodstock. This wasn't just another artist-run organization and their approach reflected that: We had to start from scratch, from silence, Berger remarked, before adding with a giggle, You couldn't have all those sirens.
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