KARL BERGER IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
DATE: Saturday, November 21st; last performance in Brooklyn this season
LOCATION: Firehouse Space; 246 Street in Williamsburg.
The Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra ends its appearances in Brooklyn, NY this season with a performance on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Firehouse Space, 246 Street in Williamsburg. Since its inception in 2011, the KBIO of 25 or more professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists who turn improvisational ideas developed in open workshop/rehearsals into fully formed concerts has performed 80 times. Rehearsals are open to the public and begin at 8:00pm with performances starting at 9:00 pm.
Conducted in Karl’s inimitable style, always reaching for “a brilliant balance of heart, mind and soul” (John Zorn) the Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original compositions by Karl Berger as well as melodies from the world’s folk traditions, and themes written by visionaries such as Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman, as well as musical ideas that arise spontaneously in solo/duo/trio improvisations by the orchestra’s musicians. Developed over many years at the legendary Creative Music Studio, Karl’s conducting blends improvised sounds and rhythms in constantly shifting instrumentations: a symphonic festival of colors and movements that celebrates melodic inventions, born on the spot by an astounding mix of inspired soloists.
One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso’s unique vocalizations and poetry. KBIO performances benefit the Creative Music Foundation, the 45 year-old nonprofit Karl and Ingrid co-founded with the late Ornette Coleman.
“I feel so happy to listen to you guys” comments a frequent listener. “For me it’s an oasis in the middle of all these stressful energies that the city brings”.
The November 21 performance will feature, Kirk Knuffke, cornet, Reut Regev , Rick Maurer, trombone, Yasuno Katsuki, euphonium, Warren Smith, drums, Nicolas Letman, bass, Bob Bresnan, piano, Sana Nagano, Richard Carr, violin, Sylvain Leroux, fula flutes, Haruna Fukazawa, Nick Gianni, flutes, Andy Laties, shakuhachi, Lee Odom, Jason Candler, Don Payne, clarinet, Michael Lytle, Christoph Knoche, bass clarinet, Bohdan Hilash, contrabass clarinet, Richard Keene, oboe, Patrick Brennan, alto sax, Ras Moshe, tenor sax, Bill Ylitalo, baritone sax, Michael Gassmann, Marc Cobrin, Harvey Valdes, guitar, David Gassmann, bass guitar, Ingrid Sertso, vocals and surprise guests.
To learn more, visit the Creative Music Foundation’s website and social media pages.