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Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra with Valerie Naranjo

Suggested Admission $15

The Creative Music Studio Improvisers Orchestra of 20+ professional string, horn, and percussion soloists performs with longtime Taller collaborator Valerie Naranjo. 

Improvisational ideas developed in the 7:00 PM rehearsal open to ticket holders transform into a fully formed performance at 8:30 PM.  Using his "Music Mind" concept, Karl Berger introduces a new approach and experience of harmonizing improvised sound. Conducted in Karl's distinctive style developed at the celebrated Creative Music Studio, this orchestra of extraordinary improvisers explores original themes, melodies from the world's folk traditions, and compositions written by legendary artists such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman.

Valerie Dee Naranjo is a percussionist, vocalist, and composer known for her pioneering efforts in West African keyboard percussion music. She plays percussion for NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, and has recorded and performed with Broadway's The Lion King, The Philip Glass Ensemble, David Byrne, The Paul Winter Consort, Tori Amos, Airto Moreira, and the international percussion ensemble, MEGADRUMS, which includes Milton Cardona, Zakir Hussein, and Glen Velez.