The International Society for Improvised Music Festival 2012, taking place February 16th – 19th at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, will kick-off 9am Friday morning with a distinquished Keynote Panel featuring Karl Berger, founder and director of Creative Music Studio, and Douglas Ewart, Chair of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
The panel's presentations and discussions will focus on the interactions that took place between members of Creative Music Studios and AACM during the 70’s and 80’s, and the repercussions that are still being felt today.
"The discussions concerning the philosophies that governed CMS and AACM should prove to be ofgreat interest to the new generation of improvisers today, " said Berger, who has been actively developing improvised orchestras for the past forty years. Berger, the co-founder with Ornette Coleman and Ingrid Sertso of the legendary Creative Music Studio and its parent organization, the Creative Music Foundation. CMS is credited as the birthplace of Worldjazz - the improvisational and compositional expansion of the world's musical traditions. Now one of the main driving forces in many styles of music, this concept was pioneered very early at CMS, guided by authentic leaders. Hundreds of live concerts were recorded, many heralded as landmark performances. Thousands of workshops, master classes, concerts and colloquia inspired a generation of musicians who took with them the ideas, concepts and practices developed with Berger. The CMS community still exists in a remarkable network of creative musicians, many of whom came to the studio from Asia, Europe and South America. Fellow panel participant Douglas R. Ewart is a composer, improviser, sculptor and is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most important talents in improvised music.
Saturday events conclude with an evening festival concert directed by Karl Berger with the 25-member University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra. A key component of this concert will be the CMS model of a site-specific open workshop followed by a complete orchestral performance. The event has already begun, so act now!
For more information on the Conference, check out their web site here: Int'l Society for Improvised Music ISIM
Intern'l Society for Improvised Music Festival 2012
February 16-19, 2012
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Rd