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Berger, Karl

Berger, Karl, vibraphone, piano, composer, percussion, educator; b. Heidelberg, Germany, 30 March 1935. He's written over 100 compositions and arrangements for classical ensembles, jazz groups, fusion groups, big band, symphony, and commercial recordings ( string and horn arrangements, synthesized scores ) for SONY/Columbia, CBS, EMI, MCA, Epic, Island Records, Island Pictures, London/Polygram, Virgin, Douglas Music and European Radio + TV Networks. He's done commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, German Radio: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994.

Karl Berger's credits include arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley ("GRACE"), Natalie Merchant ("Ophelia"), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Material and collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas, Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn and others.

He's the winner of 6 Downbeat Critics Polls as jazz soloist. He's recorded for the Blue Note, Milestone, Polygram, Enja, Vogue, Pye, JVC, Black Saint, In&Out, CBS, Knitting Factory labels. He's made appearances at European, Japanese, Brazilian, North- and South American festival and concert venues. He's recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck and others. He's been the leader of ensembles and recordings with Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, and many others.

He's director of Creative Music Studio and president of Creative Music Foundation, Inc. Woodstock NY. His residencies include US Universities Ann Arbor, Antioch, Banff, Bard, California Institute for the Arts, Cornish, Dartmouth, Miami, New School, SUNY, Texas Tech, and Wesleyan. His international residencies also include Accra, Dakar, Lagos, Libreville, Manila, Bombay, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Liege, Berlin, Koln, Stuttgart, Paris, and Venice.

Karl Berger: Paris, in: Jazz Podium (Apr.1962)
Karl Berger: Musique pour tous, in: Jazz Magazine, #164 (1969)
Karl Berger: Eine Chance..., in: Jazz Podium (Oct.1971)
R. DiNardo: Karl Berger. Interview, in: Coda, 11/212 (1974)
Peter Occhiogrosso: Karl Berger, in: Down Beat (3.Jun.1976)
Ekkehard Jost: Karl Berger's Creative Music Studio, in: Jazz Podium (Dec.1976)
Karl Hans Berger: Cultural Motivation, in: Outlook, 1/2 (1979)
Marie-Paule Negre: Karl Berger. L'ecole de Woodstock, in: Jazz Magazine, #280 (Nov.1979)
J. Solothurnmann: Karl & Ingrid Berger - "Music Universe" in Woodstock, in: Jazz Forum, #66 (1980)
Michael Ullman: Jazz Lives. 1980
Ekkehard Jost: Jazzmusiker. Materialien zur Soziologie der afro-amerikanischen Musik, 1982
R. Zabor: Creative Music Studio, in: Musician, #40 (1982)
Anon.: Karl Berger. Puls, Sprachrhythmus und Form, in: Jazz Podium (Feb.1991)
Karl Hans Berger: Bemerkungen zum Thema Jazz und Weltmusik, in: Jazz Podium (Jul/Aug.1993)
Mike Hennessey: Conversations with Karl-Hans Berger, in: (California) Jazz Now (Oct.1994)
Karl Berger: Jazz and World Music, in: Jazz Educators Journal (May 1995)
Robert E. Sweet: Music Universe, Music Mind. 1996

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