Mondays at The Stone in NYC: Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra


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Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra


The Stone is proud to host a new series of CMS workshops in 2011: a new improviser's workshop orchestra is underway EVERY MONDAY NIGHT IN 2011 led by composer/pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger. Conducted in the tradition of the legendary Creative Music Studio, original compositions, themes by the likes of Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, and world musical melodies will be utilized for orchestral explorations and contrasting solo/duo/trio flights. This series supports the Creative Music Studio Archive Project.

Performers include: Art Bailey (accordion), Skye Steele, Frederika Krier, Sara Bernstein (violin) Sylvain Leroux (flutes) Miguel Manna (clarinet), Jorge Sylvester, David Schnug (alto sax) Stephen Gauci, Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano sax), Thomas Heberer, Herb Robertson (trumpet), Brian Drye, Steve Swell (trombone), Bill Wright (guitar) Dominic Lash, David Perrott, Adam Lane (bass), Jeremy Carlstedt, David Miller, Harris Eisenstadt (drums), Philip Foster (odds and ends), Ingrid Sertso (vocals) Karl Berger (piano, melodica, conducting) and surprise guests. The list of professional players participating in Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra is growing.

All are welcome to the 7:15 rehearsal and 9:00 performance for one fee of $20 ($10 for students, musicians and seniors)

The Stone is located at the corner of Ave C and E 2nd St, NYC

During the '70- and '80s, the Woodstock-based Creative Music Studio was considered the premier study center for contemporary creative music. Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, CMS brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. Unprecedented in its range and diversity, CMS was an acknowledged phenomenon in the international music world. The CMS Archive of 400 recordings is presently being digitized and re-mastered in collaboration with Columbia University.

Karl Berger is an award-winning composer/arranger, winner of six Downbeat Critics Polls as a jazz soloist, the mastermind behind the legendary Creative Music Studio and the emergence of spontaneously arranged confluences of individual improvisational expressions and world musical traditions. His recordings and world-wide performances included musicians from the jazz tradition such as Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Graham Haynes, Bob Stewart, Kenny Wessel, and from world musical backgrounds such as Steve Gorn, Nana Vasconcelos, Ismet Siral, Hozan Yamamoto. He collaborated with Don Cherry, Gunter Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, just to name a few. He records for the Tzadik label.

Karl Berger's writing credits include orchestral arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley ("GRACE"), Natalie Merchant ("Ophelia"), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, and many collaborations with producer Bill Laswell,

Karl Berger and Friends continue to present residencies world-wide, notably in Italy, Germany, Istanbul and Brazil.

The CMS community now exists as a remarkable network of creative musicians all over the world.

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