The "Music Mind" Book 2019
But "Music Mind" is more than that. It is grounded in the belief that "life = music" is not just a metaphor.
The musical principals of rhythm and sound govern all life and all actions. And the rhythms are constantly changing. There is actually no routine at all, even if it looks and feels like that at times. We all are improvisers. We all came into this world as spontaneously creative beings. To be creative is our nature.
"Music Mind" gives us the tools to connect with our natural, spontaneous, creative mind, over and over.
The book is scheduled scheduled for release in 2019, including corresponding web-pages.
You might know me from my performance/recording work with improvisers like Don Cherry, who brought me here from Europe and introduced me and my companion, the vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso, to Ornette Coleman, in my mind one of the most influential musicians of our time. Or you might know me from the now legendary Creative Music Studio, that Ingrid and I started with Ornette in the 70s and which is florishing again in a second wave of workshop/performance activities ( www.creativemusic.org). Or you might know me from recordings on many labels, including present piano trilogy on John Zorn's Tzadik label.
This book is about how we are connecting with the flow that is the natural state of mind we are born with; how we develop skills to stay tuned to the flow of music; and about the uniqueness of our creative minds that we’ll discover in the process.
I remember driving in New York City with Ornette Coleman and Ingrid Sertso. It must have been some time in the nineties. A yellow taxi in front of us had a bumper sticker that said: “I won’t blow my horn if you don’t blow yours”. Ornette said: “That could be the title of my next album”. And he continued: “I wish I could write a book where the readers would say: ‘If it is that easy I will get an instrument and play too’ ”. Ornette was a deep thinker and probably the major influence in developing the concept of Music Mind, which is grounded in the experience that everyone is musical.
Ornette was a master of intuitive improvisation and composition, laying the groundwork for an approach to music making that was not cerebral at all, not based on theory but on trusting your intuition.
That is exactly what Music Mind is about.
The promise of Music Mind is
- to lead us to the natural flow of our naturally creative minds, again and again
- to develop confidence in the uniqueness of our own ways of action, expression and communication
- to develop trust in our intuition and feeling
- to expand our musical horizons
The writing of Music Mind is in progress, to be completed in the 2018/19 season.. Most chapters and the outline are written. Web pages with music, videos and webinars will complement the written text. I am fortunate to have a great team of a writer, editor and copy-editor to work with. So, with your help we can get it all finished and out into the world. We got this campaign launched at
This campaign comes with one-of-a-kind rewards, not available anywhere else:
We are constantly recording in our own studio and beyond. And I have several unreleased and out-of-print recordings that I consider of great value, featuring among others bassist David Holland, drummer Ed Blackwell, the KB Orchestra, the amazing "Operazone", produced by Bill Laswell and others, that I will be glad to see copied, signed and dedicated to you, as a token of my appreciation for your support of the Music Mind book. And, of course, the book itself.
You’ll find all the details of the “Music Mind” campaign at:
Thank You. And please be in touch. I will personally answer each email
PS. Of course, all your names will be mentioned in the book (unless you don't want that)
An extraordinary Benefit festival of music is being offered on Sunday, February 10, at the Mountain View Studio in Woodstock, NY from 4 to 9:30pm: under the
heading THE “MUSIC MIND” EXPERIENCE, FIVE + HOURS OF BLISSFUL MUSIC, soloists from most different fields of music support Karl Berger's book-project “Music Mind”
Participating soloists on February 10 include Ingrid Sertso, Marilyn Crispell, John Medeski, Steve Gorn, David Gonzalez, Erik Lawrence, Marc Black, Joel Bluestein, Peter Buettner, Ted Orr, Steve Rust, Peter Blum, Michael Esposito, Raphael Garritano
and surprise guests.
The Mountain View Studio is located in the center of the town of Woodstock NY: 20 Mountain View Avenue
Suggested contribution for the performance: $20.
Support of the Music Mind book project:
If you can't be there, please support our project here.
This is the detailed schedule of the performances:
4:00 Raphael Garritano
“Bach on Mandolin”
4:30 Marc Black with Michael Esposito (bass)
“Songs from Berlin and our favorite Blues Tunes”
5:15 Steve Gorn with Peter Blum
“Bansuri Flutes and Tibetan Singing Bowls”
6:00 John Medeski, Karl Berger
6:30 Ingrid Sertso with Karl Berger (vibes),
Ted Orr (tablas), Steve Rust (bass)
7:00 Marilyn Crispell (piano) with Karl Berger (vibes),
Ingrid Sertso (vocals) , Steve Gorn and Friends
7:45 David Gonzalez“Miniatures of words and music”
inspired by “The 37 Practices of a Boddhisattva”
8:30 Session with Joel Bluestein (guitar), Peter Buettner (flute), Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, Steve Rust and surprise guests
We all pray for peaceful and musical years to come. Please support the final steps of our book project "Music Mind", which is scheduled to be published in the fall of this year. The film by the same title just premiered (trailer: https://youtu.be/fxU2XKdP7yI)
I want to thank all our supporters for patiently helping to reach this point, where finally, after many years of workshops at the Creative Music Studio ( www.creativemusic.org),
and world-wide, "Music Mind" is poised to reach a new focus of attention.
"Music Mind" is all about understanding our common language of music. It is also about the magical power of musical personality and listening. They belong together, as expressed in the ancient wisdom:
"The more personal we are the more universal we are"
-- Chucush, American Indian Envoy to the UN, 1981
We all pray for peaceful and musical years to come.
Please support the final steps of our book project "Music Mind", which is scheduled to be published in the fall of this year. The film by the same title just premiered (trailer: https://youtu.be/fxU2XKdP7yI)
I want to thank all our supporters for patiently helping to reach this point, where finally, after many years of workshops at the Creative Music Studio ( www.creativemusic.org), "Music Mind" is poised to reach a new focus of attention.
"Music Mind" is all about understanding our common language of music. It is also about the magical power
of musical personality and listening. They belong together, as expressed in the ancient wisdom:
"The more personal we are the more universal we are"
The legendary photographer Elliott Landy just offered us a very special print of a gorgeous Ornette Coleman portrait, with his son Denardo, signed by Ornette and by Elliott. The idea is to support the Creative Music Studio, and especially the book project "Music Mind" by Karl Berger. The target price is $2,500.
There are also a few prints of this available, signed by Elliott Landy, at $900.
This was shared with Facebook, Twitter, and your email contacts