Creative Music Studio Book Reissue to Coincide with CMS Day

The book that tells the story of the legendary Creative Music Studio -Music Universe, Music Mind: Revisiting the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, New York (Ann Arbor: Arborville Publishing, ISBN 0-9650438-4-3) – is being reissued. The reissue coincides with events in 2011 designed to help cement the legacy of CMS as the twentieth century’s premiere study center for creative, improvised music.

Music Universe, Music Mind is a fascinating account of the opportunities that drew students from around the world to Woodstock, New York, from 1971 to 1984, for intimate study with some of the era’s leading jazz, contemporary, and world musicians – Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Dave Holland, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor, Trilok Gurtu, Karl Berger, Lee Konitz, Jack DeJohnette, Nana Vasconcelos, Ed Blackwell, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pat Metheny, Oliver Lake, Babatunde Olatunji, and many, many others.

The worldwide CMS community endures. In recognition of its vital contribution, The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University has dedicated April 16, 2011, as CMS Day at Columbia.

Throughout this day-long symposium, a series of panels will explore the history of CMS, assessing the impact of the CMS experience on musical developments and individual careers, as well as presenting CMS philosophies and practices, including ‘Music Universe’ – the concept CMS pioneered that adopts an inclusive, non-stylistic focus on the common ground of the world’s musical expressions, exploring and expanding multiple languages of contemporary improvised music; and ‘Music Mind’ – finding ways to deepen the experience of playing and listening to music, focusing on attention, expression and communication.

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