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Creative Music Foundation Launches Fund Drive to Support the Creative Music Studio 40th Anniversary

Creative Music Foundation launches fund drive to support the Creative Music Studio 40th Anniversary. Never before has a need been so urgent: to offer musicians creative space to expand, experiment and deepen their connection to the transformative power of music. CMF has an array of exciting programs – workshops, fellowships, scholarships, reunions, benefit concerts and retreats — all of which require funding for success. Please help. We cannot do it without your financial support. Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra at ShapeShifter Lab

El Taller is located at 2710 Broadway (at 104th Street), New York, NY
7:30 Rehearsal Workshop / 9 PM Performance
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.
 “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
Suggested Admission: $15 ( $10 for students and seniors )
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.
The Archive Project is in collaboration with Columbia University.http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html
For information on Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, Creative Music Studio, residencies, programs, or the CMS Archive Project, contact::
creativemusicstudio@gmail.com
845-679-8847
www.creativemusicfoundation.org
Visit Karl Berger’s “Blog”, where he goes into more detail about his Music Mind work with the Improvisers Orchestra.Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra at El Taller

El Taller is located at 215 East 99th, New York, NY
7:30 Rehearsal Workshop / 9 PM Performance
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.
 “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
Suggested Admission: $15 ( $10 for students and seniors )
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.
The Archive Project is in collaboration with Columbia University.http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html
For information on Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, Creative Music Studio, residencies, programs, or the CMS Archive Project, contact::
creativemusicstudio@gmail.com
845-679-8847
www.creativemusicfoundation.org
Visit Karl Berger’s “Blog”, where he goes into more detail about his Music Mind work with the Improvisers Orchestra.

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra at ShapeShifter Lab

7:00 PM KBIO Open Rehearsal / 8:30 Performance
April 18, May 16, June 13
Admission: $10
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY  (Between 1st and Carroll St., Park Slope)
Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra opens the residence at ShapeShifer Lab on April 18 and continues May 16, and June 13.
The Orchestra has a rotating cast of soloists, with a solid core of regulars. The performance ensemble of of 20+ extraordinary professional improvisers continues to turn improvisational ideas developed in the 7:00 pm workshop/ open rehearsal into a fully formed 8:30 pm performance. Using his “Music Mind” concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso’s uncanny vocalization and poetry.
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. The Archive Project is in collaboration with Columbia University. http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html
For information on Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, Creative Music Studio, residencies, programs, or the CMS Archive Project, contact: creativemusicstudio@gmail.com
 
KARL BERGER’S ORCHESTRA REVIEWS
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….Berger reaches deep into his bag of riffs and sends them through the orchestra, sometimes wafting, sometimes reeling, sometimes both….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… built to lush, swinging swells with the phantasmagorical sweep of the Gil Evans Orchestra and the rough-and-tumble bustle of the Mingus bands. The camaraderie and warmth of the repartee between the orchestra and conductor – and among the orchestra itself – was visceral.
– Lucid Culture (Blog)
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. They are mostly veteran musicians from avant rock and world music as well as jazz scenes, and can expand on simple themes paying utmost attention to dynamics and each other…..The collective’s intuited communication has attained a high point since weekly shows began last April 2011
– Howard Mandel
The compositions of Karl Berger have a clear-cut destination, with a beginning, a middle, and an ending…..Surprisingly, much of Mr. Berger’s music isn’t exactly free form but draws on lush harmonies and a well-defined relationship between foreground soloists and background…..The music is comparatively easy on the ears because Mr. Berger also relies on woodwinds, reeds and strings (as well as the soothing voice of Ingrid Sertso) rather than brass.
– Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
I feel so happy to listen to you guys. For me it’s an oasis in the middle of all these stressful energies that the city brings. I love the atmospheres that you and Ingrid (Sertso) create”
Sonia Megias, composer
The orchestra’s sound is born of the moment, founded by the players’ instincts, skill and need to emote—-and it’s then organized by Karl’s artful hand and facial expressions. Sculptor-like, he molds and shapes the aural force emanating from this collection of brass, reeds, strings and percussion set before him. Berger has developed an incredible language of his own; never losing sight of the musicians’ individuality, he plays the orchestra.
This orchestra has proven itself as a wonderfully expansive vision of what a ‘big band’ could be. From early September till this writing (December 2011), the line-up has shifted in membership with a solid core of regulars and a series of guests who are passing through New York while on tour. Each time I have seen new faces, heard new accents and reveled in new and exciting musical concepts.
– John Pietaro
 
Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra Roster of Players (2012/13)
(of these, plus guest performers, 25 to 30 players participate in the regular performances of KBIO in New York, subject to availability)

Warren Smith, Lou Grassi, Harris Eisenstadt, Harvey Sorgen, David Miller (drums)
Ken Filiano, Adam Lane, Joe Fonda, Hilliard Greene, Dominic Lash, Michael Bisio, David Perrott, Lisa Dowling, Ratzo Harris (bass)
Kenny Wessel, Harvey Valdes, Ted Orr, Bill Wright, Adam Caine, James Keepnews (guitar)
John Ehlis (mandolin)
Catherine Sikora, Avram Fever (soprano sax)
Welf Doerr, Patrick Brennan, Mercedes Figueras, David Schnug, Jorge Sylvester (alto sax)
Peter Apfelbaum, Ras Moshe, Stephen Gauci, Yoni Kretschmer, Darryl Foster (tenor sax)
Bill Ylitalo, Sean Sonderegger (baritone sax)
Avram Fefer (soprano sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet)
Don Davis (altosax, contra alto clarinet)
Blaise Siwula, Jason Candler, Miguel Malla, (clarinets)
Michael Lytle, Josh Sinton, Bohdan Hilash (bass clarinet)
Sylvain Leroux (flute, African flutes)
Yukari Watanabe (alto flute)
Ken Ya Kawaguchi (Shakuhachi)
Eddie Rollin (oboe)
Sarah Schoenbeck (bassoon)
Steven Bernstein, Herb Robertson, Thomas Heberer, Brian Groder, Bob Selcoe, Kirk Knuffke (trumpet)
Steve Swell, Chris Washburne (trombone)
Yasuno Katsuki, (euphonium)
Sana Nagano, Frederika Krier, Chern Hwei Fung, Skye Steele, Eloisa Manera, David Bakriges (violin)
Jason Hwang, Nicole Federici, Judith Insell (viola)
Tomas Ulrich (cello)
Art Bailey (accordion)
John Pietaro, Hollis Headrick (percussion)
Philip Foster (odds and ends)
Ingrid Sertso, Mossa Bildner, Thomas Buckner (vocals)

A trademark of all KBIO performances is the vocals and poetry of Ingrid Sertso. All are conducted by Karl Berger (who also plays piano, melodica and vibraphone)

Residencies and workshops

“RHYTHM IS THE KEY” Gamalataki Rhythm Workshops series continues Tuesdays, from Nov. 13th.  CMS hosts a series of weekly GaMaLaTaKi sessions. Musicians and non-musicians are encouraged to attend the rhythm training sessions from 8:00 – 9:30pm at Photosensualis, Rock City Road. For more information, call: 845 679-5616.

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra at El Taller

El Taller- April/4, May 2, May 30—7:30 PM Open Rehearsal / 9:00 PM Performance, at 2710 Broadway (at 104th Street) NYC.
The new season opens April 4th for Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra. The 25+ players’ ensemble of extraordinary professional improvisers 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. Visit Karl Berger’s “Blog”, where he goes into more detail about his Music Mind work with the Improvisers Orchestra.
The Orchestra has a rotating cast of soloists, with a solid core of regulars. The performance ensemble of of 20+ extraordinary professional improvisers continues to turn improvisational ideas developed in the 7:00 pm workshop/ open rehearsal into a fully formed 8:30 pm performance. Using his “Music Mind” concept, Karl introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso’s uncanny vocalization and poetry.
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. The Archive Project is in collaboration with Columbia University.
KARL BERGER’S ORCHESTRA REVIEWS
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….Berger reaches deep into his bag of riffs and sends them through the orchestra, sometimes wafting, sometimes reeling, sometimes both….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… built to lush, swinging swells with the phantasmagorical sweep of the Gil Evans Orchestra and the rough-and-tumble bustle of the Mingus bands. The camaraderie and warmth of the repartee between the orchestra and conductor – and among the orchestra itself – was visceral. – Lucid Culture (Blog)
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. They are mostly veteran musicians from avant rock and world music as well as jazz scenes, and can expand on simple themes paying utmost attention to dynamics and each other…..The collective’s intuited communication has attained a high point since weekly shows began last April 2011     – Howard Mandel
The compositions of Karl Berger have a clear-cut destination, with a beginning, a middle, and an ending…..Surprisingly, much of Mr. Berger’s music isn’t exactly free form but draws on lush harmonies and a well-defined relationship between foreground soloists and background…..The music is comparatively easy on the ears because Mr. Berger also relies on woodwinds, reeds and strings (as well as the soothing voice of Ingrid Sertso) rather than brass- Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
I feel so happy to listen to you guys. For me it’s an oasis in the middle of all these stressful energies that the city brings. I love the atmospheres that you and Ingrid (Sertso) create- Sonia Megias, composer
The orchestra’s sound is born of the moment, founded by the players’ instincts, skill and need to emote—-and it’s then organized by Karl’s artful hand and facial expressions. Sculptor-like, he molds and shapes the aural force emanating from this collection of brass, reeds, strings and percussion set before him. Berger has developed an incredible language of his own; never losing sight of the musicians’ individuality,he plays the orchestra. This orchestra has proven itself as a wonderfully expansive vision of what a ‘big band’ could be. From early September till this writing (December 2011), the line-up has shifted in membership with a solid core of regulars and a series of guests who are passing through New York while on tour. Each time I have seen new faces, heard new accents and reveled in new and exciting musical concepts.    – John Pietaro
 Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra Roster of Players (2012/13)
(of these, plus guest performers, 25 to 30 players participate in the regular performances of KBIO in New York, subject to availability)

Warren Smith, Lou Grassi, Harris Eisenstadt, Harvey Sorgen, David Miller (drums)
Ken Filiano, Adam Lane, Joe Fonda, Hilliard Greene, Dominic Lash, Michael Bisio, David Perrott, Lisa Dowling, Ratzo Harris (bass)
Kenny Wessel, Harvey Valdes, Ted Orr, Bill Wright, Adam Caine, James Keepnews (guitar)
John Ehlis (mandolin)
Catherine Sikora, Avram Fever (soprano sax)
Welf Doerr, Patrick Brennan, Mercedes Figueras, David Schnug, Jorge Sylvester (alto sax)
Peter Apfelbaum, Ras Moshe, Stephen Gauci, Yoni Kretschmer, Darryl Foster (tenor sax)
Bill Ylitalo, Sean Sonderegger (baritone sax)
Avram Fefer (soprano sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet)
Don Davis (altosax, contra alto clarinet)
Blaise Siwula, Jason Candler, Miguel Malla, (clarinets)
Michael Lytle, Josh Sinton, Bohdan Hilash (bass clarinet)
Sylvain Leroux (flute, African flutes)
Yukari Watanabe (alto flute)
Ken Ya Kawaguchi (Shakuhachi)
Eddie Rollin (oboe)
Sarah Schoenbeck (bassoon)
Steven Bernstein, Herb Robertson, Thomas Heberer, Brian Groder, Bob Selcoe, Kirk Knuffke (trumpet)
Steve Swell, Chris Washburne (trombone)
Yasuno Katsuki, (euphonium)
Sana Nagano, Frederika Krier, Chern Hwei Fung, Skye Steele, Eloisa Manera, David Bakriges (violin)
Jason Hwang, Nicole Federici, Judith Insell (viola)
Tomas Ulrich (cello)
Art Bailey (accordion)
John Pietaro, Hollis Headrick (percussion)
Philip Foster (odds and ends)
Ingrid Sertso, Mossa Bildner, Thomas Buckner (vocals)

A trademark of all KBIO performances is the vocals and poetry of Ingrid Sertso. All are conducted by Karl Berger (who also plays piano, melodica and vibraphone)

Sketches of Sound in the Gallery

“SKETCHES OF SOUND FROM THE GALLERY”
Friday, November 16th – 8:00PM
PHOTOSENSUALIS
15 Rock City Rd. Woodstock NY
Experience this music with your eyes, ears and paper!
This unique series is open not only to concert goers, but to all those who would like to interpret these sounds in sketches…
Curated by Harvey Sorgen and Karl Berger, this group of musicians came together as a “Sonic” meeting place for some of the most intuitive improvisers working today around the globe. Don Davis and Joe Fonda will be our guest soloists next Friday. They join Ingrid Sertso, Karl Berger and Harvey Sorgen for this special event.
Reedman Don Davis, on clarinets, flute, and alto sax, has an instantly recognizable lyrical tone that is a true force in creative music. Bassist Joe Fonda is a composer, recording artist, and interdisciplinary performer and has performed with his own ensembles internationally. Karl Berger on piano and vibes is world renown not only for his creation of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, but also as one of the leading voices of our time on these instruments. Ingrid Sertso is a vocalist/poet and co-founder of CMS who blends jazz, African, and other worldbeat influences into a distinctive, hypnotic sound. Drummer Harvey Sorgen brings to this group his many years involved in developing the techniques of “stretching” what may be possible on this instrument. “Time is happening all at once at the same Time”.
Space will be provided for the “Sketchers” as well as concert seating. Bring your sketchbooks.
The suggested contribution is $20. Come and support this extraordinary series in any way you can.
Sketches of Sound is supported by the Creative Music Studio.
For more info and reservations, please call 845-679-5695 or contact creativemusicstudio@gmail.com

Sketches Of Sound

Sketches of Sound from the Gallery
This unique series is open not only to concert goers, but to all those who would like to interpret these sounds in sketches. Curated by Harvey Sorgen and Karl Berger, this group of musicians came together as a “Sonic” meeting place for some of the most intuitive improvisers working today. Special guests join Karl, Harvey, and Ingrid Sertso.
Karl Berger on piano and vibes is world renown not only for his creation of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, but also as one of the leading voices of our time on these instruments. Ingrid Sertso is a vocalist/poet and co-founder of CMS who blends jazz, African, and other worldbeat influences into a distinctive, hypnotic sound. Drummer Harvey Sorgen brings to this group his many years involved in developing the techniques of “stretching” what may be possible on this instrument.
Space will be provided for the “sketchers” as well as concert seating.
The suggested contribution is $20. Come and support this extraordinary series in any way you can.
For more info and reservations, please call 845-679-5695 or contact creativemusicstudio@gmail.com
Photosensualis, 15 Rock City Rd. Woodstock NY
Friday, March 22 – 8:00PM

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra in the News: Wire Magazine

40 years ago, in bucolic settings around Woodstock, New York, the revolution against Western art and popular music conventions gained a tenacious if rather informally institutionalised foothold. The Creative Music Studio (CMS) was an outpost of radical musical ideas founded in 1973 by two German expatriates: Karl Berger, then a 38 year old vibraphonist, and his wife, singer Ingrid Sertso. They acted at the urging of that 20th century iconoclast Ornette Coleman, with encouragement from John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Frederic Rzewski and George Russell, among other visionaries. Trumpeter Don Cherry was foremost among their active supporters.”
Read more from Howard Mandel’s article on CMS in Issue #351 of Wire Magazine: http://thewire.co.uk/archive/issues/351

Music Mind Workshop in Woodstock

This month only, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso offer a series of 4 MUSIC MIND Workshops in Woodstock, starting Tuesday, April 9 and ending on April 29. The workshops are open to everyone who wants to get more out of listening to music; or wants to play with more ease and fluidity. At the core of the workshop is GaMaLa Taki, a method of rhythm training that does not require instruments or previous musical training. Yet musicians and listeners alike have found that GaMaLa TaKi brings them into an intimate relationship with rhythm, allowing them to absorb it on a physical as well as a mental level and transforming their experience of music. This shift in perception also helps to adjust and ground the many rhythms of everyday life.
Karl Berger, a world-renowned composer and jazz musician, and Ingrid Sertso, a celebrated vocalist and poet, developedGaMaLa TaKi at the Creative Music Studio, which they co-founded, with composer Ornette Coleman, in Woodstock in 1973. Today, Berger and Sertso travel the world to offer their workshops.
The “Music Mind” workshop series will be held at 8 PM each Tuesday, April 9-29, at Photosensualis, 15 Rock City Road. Suggested contribution is $75 for the series or $20 for single sessions. For info and registration please call the Creative Music Studio at 845 679 8847, or send an email to creativemusicstudio@gmail.com.