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Recordings of Creative Music Studio to be Preserved

The recorded archive of the Creative Music Studio (CMS), containing more than 400 audio and video recordings by jazz, world music and new music artists, will be preserved, and the remastered recordings will be returned to the artists for their own unrestricted use. The project, being undertaken in collaboration with Planet Arts, will involve the restoration of recordings made between 1972 and 1986 at the CMS facilities in Woodstock, New York, as well as various concert sites in the U.S.

The collection captures performances by such artists as Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith, Foday Suso, Abdullah Ibrahim, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor (pictured), Jimmy Giuffre, Frederic Rzewski, Carla Bley, Dave Holland, Paulo Moura, Nana Vasconcelos, Pauline Oliveros, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Baikida Carroll, Trilok Gurtu, Steve Gorn, Ismet Siral, Jack DeJohnette, Fred Frith, Oliver Lake, Lee Konitz, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, and others. (A complete list is available at

Selected tracks from these recordings will be made available by participating artists in a special CMS series of CD/DVD compilations. CMF (the Creative Music Foundation) will partner with Planet Arts to create an imprint label (Planet Arts/CMS Records) that will jointly promote the project and disseminate the recorded packages through the Planet Arts International network and to the CMS network of artists, contributors and members, as well as to educational institutions and to radio hosts.

Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, the Creative Music Studio (CMS) brought together innovators in the jazz and world music communities during the ’70s and ’80s.

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