Creative Music Studio 2.0 Presents:
‘In the Spirit of Don Cherry’

CMS Improvisers Octet Led by Karl Berger Explores Themes from Cherry’s 50-Year-Old Landmark Recordings Symphony for Improvisers, Where is Brooklyn? and Complete Communion

Saturday, November 5, 8:30 p.m.

Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street 

$20 at the door (includes CMS Archive CD)

The CMS Improvisers Octet explores themes from Don Cherry’s visionary recordings from 1965 and 1966, including Symphony for Improvisers, Where is Brooklyn? and Complete Communion. The CMS Improvisers Octet’s “In the Spirit of Don Cherry” performance uses pieces from these timeless recordings as launching pads for improvised interpretations that weave together jazz, world music and contemporary music. The ensemble features six musicians who played with Cherry, including Karl Berger (piano, vibes, leader), Bob Stewart (tuba), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Peter Apfelbaum (reeds, percussion), Ingrid Sertso (vocals) and Graham Haynes (cornet), along with Tani Tabbal (drums) and Adam Lane (bass). Special guests may be announced at another time. 

Noted for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which began in the late 1950s, Don Cherry became a pioneer of world-fusion music in the 1960s. During this period, he incorporated various ethnic styles into his playing and composing. Cherry, who died in 1995, was essential to the creation and development of the Creative Music Studio™; he inspired many of its methodologies, taught many CMS workshops and founded his legendary group, Codona, at CMS. A suite of his is included in CMS Archive Project Selections Vol. 2, released last year.

“This exciting, heart-felt music strikes me as being as fresh now as when Don created it more than fifty years ago”, said CMS co-founder/artistic director, Karl Berger, who performed on Symphony for Improvisers and who played with Don for decades. “His world-musical approach, which he called ‘multikulti,’ incorporates folk songs and themes from around the world in an absolutely carefree and spontaneous process of collective improvisation and individual expression. No brainy concepts there. Just pure joy on an exalted level of creativity.”  

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