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FORMERS & PERFORMERS presents Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra is moving uptown for its last performance this season at El Taller. 

Following a critically-acclaimed run at The Jazz Gallery, and before that at the Stone, Karl Berger's Orchestra of 20+ 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. 

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. 

Among the 20+ players in Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra are: Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Warren Smith (drums), Hilliard Greene (bass), Ken Filiano (bass), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, flute), Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Steve Swell, (trombone), Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Blaise Siwula (clarinet), and Sylvain Leroux (flute). 

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. 

For more information, see http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/archive-project.html 

Formers and Performers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.