Leonor Falcon

Violinist, violist, improviser, composer and educator

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Karl Berger's improvisers orchestra

  • El Taller Latinoamericano 215 East 99th Street New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

CMS 2.0 Presents
CMS Improvisers Orchestra Led By Karl Berger
Saturday, September 30 at the El Taller Cultural Community Center, NYC

Soloists: Peter Apfelbaum, Graham Haynes,
Sylvain Leroux, Ingrid Sertso

The Creative Music Studio™ Improvisers Orchestra, conducted by Karl Berger, will commence its fall season on Saturday, September 30 at the El Taller Cultural Community Center at 215, East 99th Street in Manhattan. This performance features multi-instrumentalist and CMS™ associate artistic director Peter Apfelbaum, cornetist Graham Haynes, fula flutist Sylvain Leroux and vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso. The performance begins at 8:30 with a rehearsal open to ticket holders at 7:00 when listeners gain insights into the unique process that guides the CIO. Tickets are $20 ($15 students). 
In this performance, the CMS Improvisers Orchestra will play themes composed by Don Cherry, including “Om Nu,” “Remembrance” and “Thomas Mapfumo” inspired by the great Zimbabwean musician, as well as Jim Pepper’s “Witchi Tai To.” Cherry was and remains instrumental in the creation of CMS. The New York State Council on the Arts and the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation are generously underwriting this performance. 

Since its inception in 2011, the CMS Improvisers Orchestra, comprised of 20 or more string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists, has performed nearly 90 times. Conducted in Karl's inimitable style developed over decades at the legendary Creative Music Studio™, the CMS™ Improvisers Orchestra explores Berger’s original compositions as well as melodies from the world's folk traditions and themes by visionary composers such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman, creating a platform for musical ideas to arise spontaneously among the orchestra’s musicians. Karl’s conducting blends and harmonizes improvised sounds and rhythms in constantly shifting instrumentations and dynamics. One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's unique vocalizations and poetry. 
The CIO is comprised of eminent improvisers: Jason Hwang Leonor Falcon, Annemarie Wiesner, strings, Ras Moshe, flute and tenor sax; Haruna Fukazawa, Bill Horberg, flutes; Gene Coleman, alto flute, Nick Gianni, bass flute, Don Payne, clarinet; Christoph Knoche, bass clarinet; Richard Keene, oboe; Jason Candler, soprano sax; Welf Dorr, Patrick Brennan, alto sax; Bill Ylitalo, baritone sax; Westwood Johnson, trombones; Ted Orr, guitar; Warren Smith, drums, Nicolas Letman, bass percussion; and surprise guests.

Earlier Event: September 16
Mimi Jones quartet
Later Event: October 4
Intersection 5tet