29 January 2009

Karl Berger: Total Music Ensemble

Karl Berger, born March 30, 1935, is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards ( commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994 ). Professor of Composition, Artist-in-Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide ; PhD in Music Esthetics.

Karl Berger became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley (”Grace”), Natalie Merchant (”Ophelia”), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo a.o.; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas (”Operazone”), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett a.m.o. in Woodstock, NY. New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome.

He recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto and many others at festivals and concerts in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, India, Phillippines, Japan, Mexico, Brazil.

His recordings and arrangements appear on the Atlantic, Axiom, Black Saint, Blue Note, Capitol, CBS, Columbia Double Moon, Douglas Music, Elektra , EMI, Enja, Island, JVC, Knitting Factory, In&Out, MCA, Milestone, Polygram, Pye , RCA, SONY, Stockholm, Vogue a.o.

Founder and director of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc. , dba The Creative Music Studio, a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to the research of the power of music and sound and the elements common to all of the world’s music forms; and to educational presentations through workshops, concerts , recordings, with a growing network of artists and CMS members worldwide .

Special areas of interest: Improvisation; world musical communications in ensembles/orchestras of soloists through modular compositions/arrangements; Rhythmic Training ( the GaMaLaTaKi system ): timing/attention/expression; R+ D of the elements governing the universal power of sound and music with emphasis on the healing power of sound and music.

Karl Berger: Total Music Ensemble
December 1968
Hamburg, Germany

FLAC
1 D'Accord
2 E.D.
3 Blue Early Bird
4 Tune In

Karl Berger (vib)
Marion Brown (as)
Becky Friend (fl)
Alan Silva (cello, b)
Kent Carter (b)
Jacques Thollot (dr)

14 comments:

gsrbrts2 said...

FLAC

http://rapidshare.com/files/190949678/Karl_Berger_Total_-_Music_1968.rar

kingpossum said...

Wow. Want to send a note of thanks and appreciation for the recent spate of posts. Some great stuff here, and it has inspired me to finally delve into FLAC.

Can't make any comments on the music itself yet as I haven't had a chance to listen, but the mix of artists is fab. Thanks all.

ghostrancedance said...

Thanks! Berger with Marion Brown!!!!! The more Marion Brown the better in my book...

glmlr said...

Wonderful! Thank you very much. I hadn't heard this.

1009 said...

This is a killer lineup. The recording quality isn't too bad, either, but I'm having some difficulty picking up the individual instruments for more than a few notes at a time. Maybe that's the point, though. I really wish Thollot had stuck to this kind of drumming -- his work on Lacy's *Moon* is wonderful, but some of his solo stuff from the 70s gets really synth-y & (to my ears) cheesy. Maybe it just hasn't aged that well.

Veestax said...

Wow, fantastic. Great to hear Karl Berger and Marion Brown together. Many thanks for posting this.

wightdj said...

Great band, thanks.

Anonymous said...

This is wondeful works of Karl Berger, I guess. Peace church concert. This feeling of space and nature sounds very spiritual.
http://rapidshare.com/files/430076809/Peace_church_concert-MP3.zip

rev.b said...

Any chance for a reup of this? thx!

JazzHound said...

Yes, if possible I second the reup request. Also, interesting, I don't think anyone has ever shared or reissued Amina Claudine Myers' marvelous solo piano recording of Marion Brown's compositions "Poems for Piano" on Sweet Earth records. A true gem!

francisco santos said...

re post, please...
THX!...

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

1fichier

francisco santos said...

WOW!...fantstic!!!!...
BIG THX, Ernst!...

rebf942 said...

Many thanks for this repost.