Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra Last Performance This Season

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra - Last Performance This Season on January 10, 2012 at El Taller ( 2710 Broadway (at 104th Street) In Manhattan).

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra is a 25+ players' ensemble of extraordinary professional improvisers. Conducted in Karl's inimitable style, developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, this orchestra explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions, compositions by Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman, as well as musical ideas that arise spontaneously in solo/duo/trio contributions by the players. Karl introduces a new approach and experience of blending and harmonizing improvised sound. One of the orchestra's trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's uncanny vocalization and poetry.

Our last New York performance this season, promises to be an exceptional one, with violist Jason Hwang, trumpeters Steven Bernstein and Herb Robertson, and vocalist Tom Buckner joining in.

The complete list of players on January 10 includes:

Ingrid Sertso, Tom Buckner, vocals, Warren Smith, drums, Ken Filiano, Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax and flute, Steven Bernstein, Herb Robertson, trumpet, Kenny Wessel, Harvey Valdes, guitar, John Ehlis, mandolin, Frederika Krier, Sana Nagano, Fung Chern Hwei, violins, Jason Hwang, Nicole Federici, viola, Adam Fisher, cello, Ed Rollin, oboe, Sylvain Leroux, fula flute, Ken Ya Kawaguchi, shakuhachi, Yatsuno Katsuki, euphonium, Avram Fever, Jason Candler, clarinet, Michael Lytle, bass clarinet, Patrick Brennan, Mercedes Figueras, alto sax, Hollis Headrick, John Pietaro, percussion.

"Karl Berger has been a pioneer in large-scale jazz improvisation longer than just about anybody, which explains why his Improvisers Orchestra swings as hard, and interestingly, and often hauntingly as they do…. Berger is an elegant and economical pianist, which informs how he conducts…. Like the best big bands, this crew use the entirety of their dynamic range. The ensemble weren't often all playing at once, making those lush crescendos all the more towering and intense…, with the phantasmagorical sweep of the Gil Evans Orchestra and the rough-and-tumble bustle of the Mingus bands." Alan Young, Lucid Culture

The Creative Music Foundation / Creative Music Studio, was founded by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman as a not-for-profit support for the vision of a world view and common ground of music beyond styles and categories.

All net proceeds support the Creative Music Studio's Archive Project, the preservation and re-mastering of over 400 historic CMS concert recordings from the 70s and 80s. Some artists heard in these recordings include: Dave Holland, Don Cherry, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, George Lewis, Carla Bley, Nana Vasconcelos, Trilok Gurtu, Collin Walcott, Kalaparusha, Oliver Lake, Ismet Siral, Ed Blackwell, and Cecil Taylor.

Karl Berger is an award-winning composer/arranger, winner of six Downbeat Critics Polls as a jazz soloist, the mastermind behind the legendary Creative Music Studio and the emergence of spontaneously arranged confluences of individual improvisational expressions and world musical traditions that is the CMS trademark. His recordings and world-wide performances included musicians from the jazz tradition such as Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Graham Haynes, Bob Stewart, Kenny Wessel, and from world musical backgrounds such as Steve Gorn, Nana Vasconcelos, Ismet Siral, Hozan Yamamoto. He collaborated with Don Cherry, Gunter Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, just to name a few.

Karl Berger now records for the Tzadik label.His writing credits include orchestral arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley, Angela Kidjo, Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, many collaborations with producer Bill Laswell and the groundbreaking orchestral composition "No Man Is An Island". Karl Berger and Friends continue to present residencies world-wide, notably in Italy, Germany, Istanbul and Brazil.

During the '70- and '80's, the Woodstock-based Creative Music Studio was considered the premier study center for contemporary creative music. Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, CMS brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. Unprecedented in its range and diversity, CMS was an acknowledged phenomenon in the international music world, providing participants with the rare opportunity to interact personally with the musical giants of improvisation and musical thought on a daily basis.

CMS is credited as the birthplace of Worldjazz - the improvisational and compositional expansion of the world's musical traditions. Now one of the main driving forces in many styles of music, this concept was pioneered very early at CMS, guided by authentic leaders. Hundreds of live concerts were recorded, many heralded as landmark performances. Thousands of workshops, master classes, concerts and colloquia inspired a generation of musicians who took with them the ideas, concepts and practices developed at CMS. The CMS community still exists in a remarkable network of creative musicians, many of whom came to CMS from Asia, Europe and South America.

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