Creative Legacy Ensemble “Silhouette” full length record on BandCamp

In 2018, several artistic directors of Creative Music Studio* convened as a collective improvising ensemble. All the music on this record are original compositions created specifically for this project. This was part of an ongoing live series “The Woodstock Sessions at Applehead Recording in Saugerties, New York.

Check it out on BandCamp


Karl Berger – piano, vibraphone
Ingrid Sertso – voice
Ken Filiano – double bass
Steven Bernstein – trumpet, flugelhorn, slide trumpet
Peter Apfelbaum – saxophones, flutes
Billy Martin – drums, percussion

Produced by Billy Martin
Cover photo by Billy Martin

ALBUM COVER with amulet



MESHES #3 (graphic score pictured above)

This is a fantastic compilation of artists (from around the world) interpreting Billy Martin’s (a.k.a. illy B) graphic score “Meshes Score #3” (see album cover image). 

Last year Martin released his chamber music record Meshes (Amulet Records) and invited anyone to submit a recording of their interpretation of this score. This new score included directions in the original Meshes CD package / digital download card. 

Take a trip and experience these wild interpretations! 


released July 20, 2020 

Leading artists who submitted their work: 
Doom Orchestra, Tyler Skoglund, Apollo, Nathan Clarke, Benedikt Hess, Ziga Golob, Steve Davit, Erin E, Doom Street, Francesco Cigana and Kenneth Martin. 

Recorded and mixed by the artists. 
Produced by Billy Martin aka illy B 
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper

Creative Music Studio


This year CMS has a new online program called Creative Music Workshop or CMW

You can sign up for Creative Music Workshop online programs for free HERE

cmw header image for bm site

In 1971 musicians Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman founded the Creative Music Foundation. Its initial advisory board, comprised of legends from all aspects of music, the arts and philosophy, included composer John Cage, conductor/musician Gil Evans, philosopher/educator Buckminster Fuller, composer George Russell, painter Willem DeKooningand composer/conductor Gunther Schuller. Their goal was to establish a nonprofit organization focused on improvisation and musical cross-pollination that complemented musicians’ academic studies, a place where music as a universal language could be explored and expanded.
 They called it the Creative Music Studio, or CMS.