Recommended workshop & concert: KARL BERGER’S IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra will come to Manhattan’s upper west side to perform at the beautiful El Taller space at 2710 Broadway ( corner of 104th St ) on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Following a critically-acclaimed run at The Jazz Gallery, and before that at The Stone, Karl Berger’s Orchestra of 20 or more professional string, horn, and percussion soloists continues to turn improvisational ideas developed in the 7:30 pm workshop/rehearsal into a fully formed 9:00 pm orchestral performance. Using his “Music Mind” concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound.

Conducted in Karl’s inimitable style, developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world’s folk traditions and compositions written by legendary improvisers such as Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman, as well as musical ideas that arise spontaneously. One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso’s uncanny vocalization and poetry.

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra has a rotating cast of soloists, with a solid core of regulars. Players for this El Taller performance are: Warren Smith, drums, Hollis Headrick, percussion, John Pietaro, percussion, Hill Greene, bass, David Perrott, bass, Harvey Valdes, guitar, John Ehlis, guitar, mandolin, Sylvain Leroux, African flutes, Ken Ya Kawaguchi, shakuhachi flute, Frederika Krier” violin, Sana Nagano, violin, Judith Insell, viola, Tomas Ulrich cello, Brian Groder, trumpet, Thomas Heberer, trumpet, Blaise Siwula, clarinets, Bohdan Hilash, Avram Fefer, bass clarinet, David Schnug, alto sax, Welf Dorr, alto sax, Ole Mathisen, alto sax, Bill Ylitalo, alto flute, baritone sax, Mossa Bildner, vocals, Ingrid Sertso, vocals, poetry, and Karl Berger, keyboards/conducting.

The El Taller performance space has a long history of being the musical home in New York for musicians from all over the Americas. Artistic Director Bernardo Palombo has brought some of the greatest names in American music to El Taller including, Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, David Byrne, and Pete Seeger.

El Taller is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at 2710 Broadway (corner of 104th Street)

For concert information contact: (212) 665-9460

Tickets are $20.00 Workshop + Performance | $15.00 for Students with ID

$15.00 Performance Only | $10.00 for Students with ID

The Creative Music Foundation, Inc 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. Out of this vision grew the now legendary Creative Music Studio (CMS). For nearly two decades, the Creative Music Studio was considered to be the premier center for the study of creative music.

All net proceeds support the Creative Music Studio’s Archive Project, the preservation and re-mastering of over 400 historic CMS recordings from the 70s and 80s of some of the finest innovators in jazz, improvisation, and world music. The Archive Project is in collaboration with Columbia University. More information can be found at:

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