Marilyn Crispell Interview

NewMusicBox interviews Ms. Crispell.

When pianist Marilyn Crispell was already in her late twenties, jazz arrived like a spiritual revelation and pushed her through the ensuing decades as smoothly and swiftly as a line of falling dominoes. From Boston to Woodstock, from the Creative Music Studio to the Braxton Quartet and then beyond, Crispell has explored a rich catalog of music both alone and in the company of some of the field’s most talented artists. For a musical trajectory that began behind a piano at the Peabody Conservatory in 1960s Baltimore, it may not have been the most obvious career path, but it’s also not one Crispell seems to have had any doubts about following.

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Creative Music Studio’s Different Music Festival

From All About Jazz:

The Creative Music Studio announces a one-night only DIFFERENT MUSIC FESTIVAL, featuring some of the finest jazz and world-beat musicians playing together in small groups and orchestra, Saturday, August 8, 7pm to Midnight at the Colony Cafe, Woodstock NY.

The evening concludes with a World Beat Dance Party to the music of Futu Futu, the popular jam band-fun-roots music ensemble that originated at CMS, the pioneering avant-garde jazz and world music school and performance center based in Woodstock from 1971 until the late 80s.

The DIFFERENT MUSIC Festival is part of a series of events to benefit the CMS Archive Project to digitize the extraordinary collection of concert tapes featuring the giants of jazz and world music recorded in the heyday of CMS.

Festival ticket price: $20, $15 for students

Different Music Festival schedule:

7pm – Small Group Conversations -Gems of improvised chamber music: A set of solo/duo/trio delicacies featuring Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Steve Bernstein, John Lindberg, Don Davis, Bob Selcoe, and special guests.

8:30pm – The legendary CMS Orchestra, an improvising music extravaganza, featuring all of the above players plus special guests Janet Grice, bassoon, Jane Scarpantoni cello, Jayna Nelson, flutes, Bob Selcoe, Joe McPhee, Paul Henderson, Nathan Brenowitz, trumpets, Joe Giardullo, sopranosax, Don Davis, Jorge Sylvester, altosax, Peter Buettner, flute and tenor sax, Tom Collins, Bill Ylitalo, baritone sax, Ted Orr, guitar, John Lindberg, bass, Tani Tabbal, drums, Ingrid Sertso, poetry, vocals, Karl Berger, conducting.

10pm-12am – World Beat Dance Party with Futu Futu!!! featuring Joakim Lartey, Percussion, Vocal; Chris Lan, Guitar,Fx, Vocal; Ted Orr, MIDI Guitar; Peter Buettner, Saxophone; Mike Colletti, Bass; Jamiles Lartey, Drums; This African Funk mix makes you dance
, on your feet and in your head.

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Creative Music Studio Yields a Trove of Tapes

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An article discusses a proejct to restore hundreds of hours of archival recordings.

The constant musical activity at the studio, in workshops and concerts, yielded about 400 hours of tapes: startling performances by Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Lee Konitz, Frederic Rzewski, Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Lacy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Carla Bley, Ed Blackwell and many others.

If the studio is to get its historical due, the tapes will lead the way. Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, the husband and wife who founded the school, have recently started restoring and remastering the recordings, a task expected to cost about $120,000. A benefit concert on Friday at Symphony Space will raise money toward that end, gathering friends, supporters and former associates of the school, including Mr. Braxton, John Zorn and Steven Bernstein. (Information and tickets are at

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the Times:

Note: The Daniel Levin performance actually begins at 7pm, not 9:30pm as listed.

PETER APFELBAUM AND NEW YORK HIEROGLYPHICS (Sunday) Mr. Apfelbaum, a saxophonist and pianist, formed his African-inspired Hieroglyphics Ensemble more than 20 years ago in the Bay Area. Here he presents, among other things, a suite called “Aural Histories — Nine Lives,” featuring the Malian vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 796 0741,; $20. (Chinen)

CREATIVE MUSIC STUDIO CELEBRATION (Friday) From the early 1970s to the mid-’80s, the Creative Music Studio — established by the vibraphonist Karl Berger and the vocalist Ingrid Sertso in Woodstock, N.Y. — served as a base station for much of the era’s jazz-related experimental music. This benefit for the studio’s recorded archives spotlights both founders, along with Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra and a pair of prolific saxophonist-composers, Anthony Braxton and John Zorn. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $35, $25 for members. (Chinen)

JOE FIEDLER TRIO (Wednesday) Revisiting music from his sparse but arresting recent album “The Crab” (Clean Feed), Joe Fiedler, a versatile trombonist, digs in with the bassist Lindsay Horner and the drummer Mike Sarin. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOKUP (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara, a drummer with extensive credits in the contemporary avant-garde, features his own compositions in a group stocked with penetrating improvisers: the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the tenor saxophonist Brian Settles, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the bassist Danton Boller. At 9 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, (718) 395-3214,; $15. (Chinen)

DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET (Monday) Demonstrating an impressive breadth of texture and contrast, the cellist Daniel Levin comes well prepared for a career in jazz’s contemporary avant-garde. He has enlisted equally skilled partners here: the alto saxophonist Rob Brown, the bassist Peter Bitenc and, as on all three of his albums, the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 9:30 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

BOBBY PREVITE CONSTELLATIONS ENSEMBLE (Tuesday) Inspired by a series of transcendent small paintings made during World War II, “The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró” is an ambitious multimedia undertaking of the drummer and composer Bobby Previte. First performed in Europe in 2004, it makes its American debut here, with Mr. Previte working alongside insightful musicians like the multireedist Ned Rothenberg, the harpist Zeena Parkins and the keyboardist Wayne Horvitz; Christian Muthspiel conducts, and the actor David Patrick Kelly reads text from Miró’s contemporaneous correspondence. At 7 p.m., Winter Garden, World Financial Center, West Street, south of Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 945-0505,; free.

JENNY SCHEINMAN (Tuesday through Thursday) As a violinist and composer, Ms. Scheinman often goes for rustic charm, but she never tempers her exploratory instincts. With this engagement she celebrates the release of an excellent new album, “Crossing the Field” (Koch), which features Jason Moran on piano; rounding out the group here are the bassist Greg Cohen and the drummer Rudy Royston. (Through Nov. 2.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

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Symphony Space – Creative Music Studio Celebration

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From New York’s Symphony Space:

Creative Music Studio Celebration

Friday, October 24 at 7:30 pm • Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Day of Show $35; Advance $30; Members $25

Leading jazz artists come together for an unforgettable concert honoring the legacy of the Creative Music Studio, the Woodstock hotbed of musical exploration that gave birth to the concept of world jazz—the improvisational and compositional expansion of the world’s musical traditions.

Join founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso for a roof-raising concert, along with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, and Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra comprising Steven Bernstein, Clark Gayton, Charlie Burnham, Doug Wieselman, Peter Apfelbaum, Erik Lawrence, Matt Munisteri, Ben Allison and Ben Perowsky

This event benefits the efforts to preserve and digitize the CMS Archive, containing more than 400 audio and video tapes of live performances by some of the world’s greatest musical innovators, including Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, Carla Bley, Steve Reich, Lester Bowie, and Allen Ginsberg.

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