Fresh Music chronicles the many years, since the 1970’s, of the Creative Workshop Ensemble(CreW) at Berklee College of music and internationally. Bill Frisell and Joe Cohn were in the very first CreW at Berklee in 1978. The book is for musicians, artists, and teachers. I wrote the book in the form of a play with characters, the CreW members, including myself, and regular dialog with the readers, virtual CreW members. The book invites the reader to join in with CreW activities, into the bubbling stew of CreW ideas inspired by everything in the universe, from alphabets to zodiacs! Real ‘getting out of the box’ ideas!!
"This is a brilliant book. Bursting with ideas about improvising and its teaching—in jazz, any music, dance, painting—life! You name it! Full of specifics, and full of a lively, collaborative, adventurous, humane approach to the making of almost anything"
"I received the most valuable elements from Jon’s Creative Workshop, opening a door of endless creativity in me as a film composer and concert artist"
"I played in one of Jon Damian’s early Creative Workshop Ensembles. He showed me new ways of looking at what I already knew . . . turning them around and seeing them from a different angle. New possibilities. He opened the window and the door. He gave me the keys . . . a rope to hang onto allowing larger leaps. To not be afraid of jumping off . . . to make mistakes . . . to learn. Jon has spent his life dedicated to finding truth, beauty, and expanding the imagination. His new book Fresh Music welcomes us all into this amazing world"