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Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra New Series at The Jazz Gallery
(Published: April 16, 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.

"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 Warren Smith, drums, Hilliard Greene (bass), Ken Filiano (bass), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Harvey Valdes (guitar), John Ehlis (mandolin), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, flute), Stephen Gauci, (tenor sax), Welf Dorr, (alto sax), Mercedes Figueras (alto sax), Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Bob Selcoe (trumpet), special guest from Texas), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Blaise Siwula (clarinet), Sylvain Leroux (flutes), Frederika Krier (violin), Mossa Bildner (vocals), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), and surprise guests.

All net proceeds support the Creative Music Studio's Archive Project, the preservation and re-mastering of over 400 historic CMS recordings by 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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