Karl Berger for THE WIRE.
April, 2013, Woodstock, New York
Composer Karl Berger and his wife, singer Ingrid Sertso founded the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock in 1973. They acted at the urging of Ornette Coleman, with encouragement from John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, George Russell, among other visionaries. Jazz legend, Don Cherry was foremost among their active supporters. After a decade or so of workshops and lauded recordings, the studio is now an archive project in collaboration with Columbia University. Over 400 recordings with leading improvising artists of the 70’s and 80’s are being transferred to digital domains and an oral history component preserves essential information from the studio’s heyday.