Well, folks, that went by fast. I’m not sure what constitutes a season, but it looks like this one is just about up.
bi-weekly Tuesday night series
May 1 and 15
7:30 p.m. Workshop/rehearsal | 9:00 p.m. Performance
(Woodstock, NY) April 30, 2012: Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra debuted Tuesday, March 20th as a New York Times Critics Choice at The Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY. Following a critically-acclaimed eight-month run at The Stone in 2011, Karl Berger’s Orchestra of 18+ 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 performance. Using his “Music Mind” concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. International guest musicians for the performance May 1st are Mikko Innanen (alto sax), and Veli Kujala, (accordion) from Finland.
“The suite-like performances have a warm, buoyant vibe issuing from brief folkloric-like motifs and the low-key, common-sense guidance Karl offers his players” said music critic Howard Mandel.
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 the likes of 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.
“I love the atmosphere that Karl and Ingrid create. For me it’s an oasis in the middle of all these stressful energies that the city brings.” said composer Sonia Megias.
The rotating cast of soloists, with a solid core of regulars, includes Lou Grassi, drums, Hilliard Greene (bass), Ken Filiano (bass), Harvey Valdes (guitar), Yoni Kretzmer (tenor sax), Mikko Innanen (alto sax) (guest from Finland), Veli Kujala, accordion (guest from Finland), Afram Fever (soprano sax, bass clarinet), Don Davis (alto, contra alto clarinet), Mercedes Figueras (alto sax), David Schnug (alto sax), Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Blaise Siwula (clarinet), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Sylvain Leroux (flutes), Frederika Krier (violin), Mossa Bildner (vocals), Ingrid Sertso (vocals).
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.
For reservations call The Jazz Gallery (212) 242-1063
Tickets are $20.00 Workshop + Performance | $15.00 for Members and Students. $15.00 Performance Only | $10.00 for Members and Students.
The Jazz Gallery is located at 290 Hudson Street, New York, NY
(between Spring St and Dominik Street ( Subways #1 and C/E)
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