JAZZ @ THE MAVERICK: Saturday, September 2nd “In The Spirit of Don Cherry” Performed by the CMS Improvisers Octet Led by Karl Berger

Jazz at the Maverick
Saturday, September 2, 2017 8 pm
Karl Berger and the Creative Music Studio

Maverick Concerts
120 Maverick Rd.
Woodstock, NY 12498-2503

Jazz at the Maverick presents the CMS Improvisers Octet, exploring themes from some of Don Cherry's visionary recordings as well as pieces by other composers that follow his lead into "world fusion." The ensemble's "In the Spirit of Don Cherry" performance will use pieces from these materials as launching pads for improvised interpretations that weave together jazz, world music and contemporary music.

The ensemble features musicians who played with Cherry including Karl Berger (piano, vibes, leader), Bob Stewart (tuba), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Peter Apfelbaum (reeds, percussion), Graham Haynes (cornet), Ingrid Sertso (vocals); along with Adam Lane (bass) and Tani Tabbal (drums).

About Don Cherry
Noted for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which began in the late 1950s, Don Cherry became a pioneer of world-fusion music in the 1960s. During this period, he incorporated various ethnic styles into his playing and composing. Cherry, who died in 1995, was essential to the creation and development of the Creative Music Studio . He inspired many of its methodologies, taught many CMS workshops and founded his legendary group, Codona, at CMS. A suite of his is included in CMS Archive Project Selections Vol. 2, released last year.

About The Creative Music Studio and Karl Berger
CMS engages musicians and listeners from all backgrounds and traditions, deepening and transforming their personal experience, understanding, and expression of music as a universal language. Over its 45 year history, hundreds of artists from all over the world representing nearly every style or genre of music have taught and performed at CMS. CMS was founded in 1973 by artistic director Karl Berger, composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, and vibraphonist, along with Ornette Coleman and Ingrid Sertso. The six-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll and recipient of numerous other awards in the US and Europe, Karl holds a PhD in music esthetics and has been a professor of composition and an artist-in-residence at universities, schools, and festivals worldwide. He has recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, Dave Brubeck, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Pharoah Sanders, and many others.

About Maverick Concerts
Maverick Concerts, Inc., is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Concerts are made possible in part with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Maverick Concerts Endowment Fund; Friends of Maverick; the towns of Woodstock and Hurley; local businesses; individual donors; and other public and private foundations. The Yamaha Disklavier C7X grand piano, the official piano of Maverick Concerts, appears through the generosity of Yamaha Artist Services. The Maverick Concert Hall is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places as a multi-starred attraction. The hall and grounds have also received an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Preservation League of New York State.

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