1970s and 1980s

The String Trio of New York Performs at Columbia University

The String Trio of New York includes James Emery, guitar; John Lindberg, bass; Rob Thomas, violin. Since its formation in 1977 on the Lower East Side of New York City, the String Trio of New York has performing disctinctive acoustic improvisations and compositions for this instrumentation. This performance took place on May 9, 2014 at Columbia University’s Prentis Hall. The piece is the first movement of a suite entitled “River Orion,” and is called Aquarian Waters.  THIS VIDEO IS PENDING: PLEASE VISIT LATER TO WATCH.

Creative Music Studio: Panel III - Music Universe Part I

Creative Music Studio

This panel explores the Creative Music Studio's embrace of non-Western, non-European instruments and practices with alumni who are important vectors of this pan-cultural synthesis. In the same spirit, it questions and deconstructs the idea of "world music," citing Ravi Shankar's aphoristic comment that "everybody lives in the world."

Moderator Adam Rudolph is a composer, improviser and percussionist whose Organic Orchestra realizes a music notation and conducting system he developed.

Creative Music Studio: Panel II - Music Mind Part I

Creative Music Studio

This panel discusses the philosophy of music education at CMS. As moderator Karl Berger puts it, the program gives students "ways to deepen the experience of playing and listening to music, focusing on attention, expression, and communication." The panelists are composer Marilyn Crispell, guitarist and composer James Emery, saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake, and vocalist and CMS founder Ingrid Sertso. Click here for Part II.

Creative Music Studio: CMS History (Part I)

Creative Music Studio

Creative Music Studio was founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, a vibraphonist, pianist and composer; his wife, vocalist Ingrid Sertso; and the saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Its musicians came from astonishingly diverse national, generational, and stylistic backgrounds. Yet they came together to play, think, and live music. CMS practice shaped musical ways and ideas that inspired participants to go on to become leading lights in improvised music around the world in the ensuing years. Hundreds of live recordings were produced documenting what was performed there.

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