KARL BERGER IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA WITH VALERIE DEE NARANJO
Jun
10
7:00 pm19:00

KARL BERGER IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA WITH VALERIE DEE NARANJO

  • El Taller

 CMS Improvisers Orchestra Performance

 Saturday, June 10 at the El Taller Cultural Community Center, NYC

With special guest Valerie Naranjo, West African Mallet Percussions

The Music:

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 Berger's inimitable style developed over decades at the legendary Creative Music Studio™, the CMS™ Improvisers Orchestra explores 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.

In this June 10 performance, the CMS Improvisers Orchestra will play themes from CIO conductor Karl Berger’s ‘African Echoes’ based on West African folk melodies and will feature percussionist/vocalist Valerie Naranjo. The performance begins at 8:30 pm with a rehearsal open to ticket holders at 7:00 pm when listeners gain insights into the unique process that guides the CIO. 

The CMS Improvisers Orchestra has received numerous critical reviews.  In a glowing notice, the Wall Street Journal said the orchestra’s sound “draws on lush harmonies and a well-defined relationship between foreground soloists and background.”  The arts blog Lucid Culture remarked that “the camaraderie and warmth of the repartee between the orchestra and conductor – and among the orchestra itself – was visceral,” and acclaimed jazz critic Howard Mandel wrote that the orchestra “can expand on simple themes paying utmost attention to dynamics and each other through ‘intuited communication.’”

The Musicians:

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.

CIO musicians featured in this performances include: Karl Berger, vibes, Ingrid Sertso, vocals and poetry;  Peter Apfelbaum, Ras Moshe, flute and tenor sax; Sylvain Leroux, fula flutes; Haruna Fukazawa, , flutes; Andy Laties, shakuhachi; Brian Groder, Aaron Shragge, trumpet; Lee Odom, Don Payne, clarinets; Michael Lytle, Christoph Knoche, bass clarinet; Bohdan Hilash, contra bass clarinet; Sana Nagano, Annemarie Wiesner, violin; Leonor Falcon, viola; Richard Keene, oboe; Jason Candler, soprano sax; Welf Dorr, Patrick Brennan, alto sax; Bill Ylitalo, baritone sax; Westwood Johnson, trombones; Kenny Wessel, Harvey Valdez, Ted Orr, guitars;  John Ehlis, mandolin; Ken Filiano;  basses; Warren Smith, Aaron Latos, percussion; and surprise guests.

www.creativemusic.org

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Brooklyn, NY.
Jun
2
8:00 pm20:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Brooklyn, NY.

  • Ibeam

Innocent When You Dream at Ibeam

1st set:

Brian Drye - Solo Trombone

2nd set:

Aaron Shragge - trumpet/shakuhachi 

Ryan Anselmi - tenor sax 

Myk Freedman - lap steel guitar

Frank Wagner - bass 

Deric Dickens - Drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Toronto, CANADA.
May
28
8:30 pm20:30

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Toronto, CANADA.

  • The Emmet Ray

Innocent When You Dream at The Emmet Ray. 

Aaron Shragge - trumpet/shakuhachi 

Ted Crosby - tenor sax 

Steve Raegele - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass 

Nico Dann - Drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Ottawa, CANADA.
May
27
8:00 pm20:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Ottawa, CANADA.

  • Avant Garde Bar

Innocent When You Dream at Avant Garde Bar. 

1st set: The Long Straw

Keith Walton - tuba

Zakari Frantz - Alto sax

Alex Moxon - Guitar

Jamie Holmes - Drums

2nd set: Innocent When You Dream

Aaron Shragge - trumpet/shakuhachi 

Ted Crosby - tenor sax 

Steve Raegele - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass 

Mark Nelson - Drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: MONTREAL, CANADA.
May
26
May 27

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: MONTREAL, CANADA.

  • Cafe Resonance

Innocent When You Dream at Cafe Resonance. 

Aaron Shragge - trumpet/shakuhachi 

Ted Crosby - tenor sax 

Steve Raegele - guitar 

Special guest: Joe Grass - pedal steel guitar 

Dan Fortin - bass 

Mark Nelson - Drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: FRANKFURT, GERMANY.
May
24
8:00 pm20:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: FRANKFURT, GERMANY.

  • Mosaik Bar

Innocent When You Dream at Mosaik Bar.

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi

Jonathan Lindhorst -tenor sax

Alexander Maksymiw - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass

Sly Juhas - drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Berlin, GERMANY.
May
23
9:00 pm21:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Berlin, GERMANY.

  • The B-Flat

Innocent When You Dream at The B-Flat.

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi

Jonathan Lindhorst -tenor sax

Alexander Maksymiw - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass

Sly Juhas - drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Beaune, France.
May
20
9:00 pm21:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Beaune, France.

  • Les Caves De L'Abbaye

Innocent When You Dream at Caves de L'Abbaye

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi

Jonathan Lindhorst -tenor sax

Alexander Maksymiw - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass

Sly Juhas - drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Dortmund, GERMANY.
May
19
8:00 pm20:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Dortmund, GERMANY.

  • Miz Ruhr

Innocent When You Dream at Miz Ruhr.

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi

Jonathan Lindhorst -tenor sax

Alexander Maksymiw - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass

Sly Juhas - drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Duisberg, Germany.
May
18
8:00 pm20:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD LAUNCH TOUR: Duisberg, Germany.

  • Local Harmony

Innocent When You Dream at Lokal Harmonie

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi

Jonathan Lindhorst -tenor sax

Alexander Maksymiw - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass

Sly Juhas - drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD Launch Tour: Hamburg, Germany.
May
17
7:00 pm19:00

INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM CD Launch Tour: Hamburg, Germany.

  • Spielbudenplatz St. Pauli

Opening for Declan O'Donovan at Spielbudenplatz St. Pauli

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi

Jonathan Lindhorst -tenor sax

Alexander Maksymiw - guitar

Dan Fortin - bass

Sly Juhas - drums

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

Tradition to Innovation on Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center
Apr
21
6:00 pm18:00

Tradition to Innovation on Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center

  • Millennium Stage

Indian Classical Music has touched the hearts of people from around the world. In Tradition to Innovation, Brooklyn Raga Massive takes you on a raga-music journey presenting pure classical ragas from India to contemporary adaptations in America. While standing on the shoulders of giants like Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane, BRM presents their original visions of raga music, reflective of their experiences with communities and cultures from around the world. 

Lineup:
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Jay Gandhi, bansuri
Sameer Gupta, tabla/drumset
Neel Murgai, sitar/daf
Max ZT, hammered dulcimer
Michael Gam, bass
Aaron Shragge, trumpet

The legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain performs in Kennedy Center's Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra directly following our Millenium Stage performance.

This performance is featured as part of the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series on its Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer: http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming

DIRECTIONS: http://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/visitor/directions

Please note, there is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events at the Kennedy Center

Music Therapy Workshop
Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Music Therapy Workshop

  • Village Zendo

The Healing Power of Music at Village Zendo

Come and explore the amazing healing qualities of music therapy in this hands on, experiential workshop. The workshop will examine several different formats of music therapy in both group and individual settings including: Clinical Improvisation, Therapeutic Music Listening, Song Writing and self-healing practices. This workshop is open to all those with an interest in creative arts therapy. No previous experience in music is required. All participants are encouraged to bring an instrument of their choosing but there will also be a limited number of small percussion instruments available.

$25 Village Zendo Members, $30 Non-Members.

to register contact: registrar@villagezendo.org

for mor information: info@villagezendo.org

Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra
Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra

  • El Taller

— open rehearsal 6pm — concert 7pm — $10 donation —

patrick brennan, saxophone & composition, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Leonor Falcón - violin, Eli Asher - trumpet, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Westbrook Johnson - trombone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass viol, Sam Parsons — percussion, Aaron Shragge - trumpet, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute

Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction. transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.

http://www.transparencykestra.org/

Patrick Brennan’s transparency Kestra
Feb
9
7:30 pm19:30

Patrick Brennan’s transparency Kestra

  • Ibeam

Patrick Brennan’s transparency Kestra 

Thursday, February 9th 7:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

patrick brennan, saxophone & composition
Brian Groder – trumpet
Lloyd Haber – percussion
Jerome Harris – bass guitar
Hollis Headrick – percussion
Westbrook Johnson – trombone
Akira Ishiguro – guitar
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic – bass viol
Ryan Messina – trumpet
Aaron Shragge – trumpet
Harvey Valdes – guitar
Justin Wood – flute +TBA

Open Rehearsal at 6:30 pm

Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction.  transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.
http://www.transparencykestra.org

Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra
Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra

  • El Taller

— open rehearsal 6pm — concert 7pm — $10 donation —

patrick brennan, saxophone & composition, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Leonor Falcón - violin, Brian Groder - trumpet, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Westbrook Johnson - trombone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass viol, Sam Parsons — percussion, Aaron Shragge - trumpet, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute

Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction. transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.

http://www.transparencykestra.org/

BRM Presents: Get Up Stand Up - A Night of Activist Music
Jan
18
8:30 pm20:30

BRM Presents: Get Up Stand Up - A Night of Activist Music

  • Art Cafe + Bar

BRM Presents: Get Up Stand Up - A Night of Activist Music

Get Up Stand Up | 8:30pm
+ Raga Jam Session | 9:30pm

This is a night to celebrate songs of activism, empowerment and protest. BRM takes no political stance, but we do stand up for basic human and civil rights. We stand for the celebration of diversity and bringing cultures together in music. We stand against any person or group who tries to impede these most fundamental truths. Performing songs from Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Buffy Saint-Marie and more original music. We hope you will stand and sing with us on January 18. A portion of the nights proceeds will go to the ACLU. Come ready to play your own favorite activist songs in the jam session following the featured act.

Morley Kamen - vocals
Pyeng Threadgill - vocals
Marika Hughes - cello
Neel Murgai - sitar
Aakash Mittal - saxophone
Aaron Shragge - trumpet
Ben Tyree - guitar
Michael Gam - bass
Sameer Gupta - drums/tabla

BRM Presents Terry Riley : In C
Jan
11
9:00 pm21:00

BRM Presents Terry Riley : In C

  • Joe's Pub

Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents

Terry Riley : In C

Buy Tickets Here.

BRM's version of “In C” puts a unique perspective on Terry's Riley's minimalist masterpiece, by emphasizing Indian Classical instrumentation.

A work that is written for any number of any kind of instrument, “In C” consists of 53 small cells of music and a set of directions that allow each performer to move through the music at their own pace. BRM’s performances of his ground breaking work, with 16-20+ musicians and the first featuring so many Indian instruments, throw a new twist on the allure of “In C” and establish new connections between minimalism, Western Classical and Indian Classical music.

Eric Fraser, bansuri
Josh Geisler, bansuri
Neel Murgai, sitar
Priya Darshini, vocals
Timothy Hill, vocals
Andrew Shantz, vocals
Max ZT, hammered dulcimer
Sameer Gupta, tabla
Roshni Samlal, tabla
Lauren Crump, percussion
Trina Basu, violin
Ken Shoji, violin
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Kane Mathis, oud
Adam Malouf, cello
Michael Gam, bass
Aaron Shragge, trumpet

BRM:From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall
Jan
7
8:15 pm20:15

BRM:From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall

  • Rockwood Music Hall

Brooklyn Raga Massive:

From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall

Buy Tickets Here

Indian Classical Music has touched and influenced people from around the world. In "From Tradition to Innovation" Brooklyn Raga Massive takes you on a raga-music journey, presenting pure classical ragas from India to contemporary adaptations in America which have taken various shapes as a result of pivotal musical collaborations. While honoring pioneers like Ravi Shankar, the collective will present original visions of raga music, reflective of their ties to various communities, cultures, and experiences as artists in today’s world.

Eric Fraser - bansuri
Arun Ramamurthy - violin
Shiva Ghoshal - tabla
Max ZT - hammered dulcimer
Aaron Shragge - trumpet
Michael Gam - bass
Sameer Gupta - drums

Second Sunday Series
Dec
11
3:00 pm15:00

Second Sunday Series

  • Bloomingdale School of Music

Second Sunday Series

LathanFlinAli, Shelburne trio, and Eli Asher. Here are the deets---
Never a cover, contemporary/experimental/world
Saturday April 9
3pm
Bloomingdale School of Music
323 west 108th st
NY NY 10025
Always Free

LathanFlinAli,
Lathan Hardy (alto saxophone)
Sean Ali (bass)
Flin van Hemmen (drums)

Shelburne Trio
Rachel McKinstry (dance)
Kevin Farrell (bass)
Josh Adler (poet)

Asher/Shragge duo

Eli Asher (trumpet, slide trumpet)
Aaron Shragge (dragon mouth trumpet, shakuhachi)

CMS Orchestra with special guest Melvis Santa
Dec
10
8:30 pm20:30

CMS Orchestra with special guest Melvis Santa

  • El Taller Latino Americano

The Creative Music Studio 2.0 presents:

Karl Berger and the CMS Improvisers Orchestra

at the new El Taller,  Saturday, December 10, 2016

The CMS Improvisers Orchestra ends its Manhattan fall concerts with a performance on Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30pm, at the new El Taller Center, 215, East 99th Street.  Since its inception in 2011, this unique Improvisers Orchestra of 25+ professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists has performed 85 times. Conducted in Karl Berger’s inimitable style, developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, the CMS Improvisers Orchestra explores original compositions as well as melodies from the world's folk traditions (African, Indian, Turkish, South American, European etc), themes written by visionaries Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and others, and musical ideas that arise in solo/duo/trio improvisations. The performance is preceded by an open rehearsal/workshop starting at 7pm, where listeners may experience the process of turning themes in improvisations into fully-formed concerts, guided by Karl Berger’s “Music Mind” concept of spontaneous harmonization.

The suite-like performances have a warm, buoyant vibe issuing from brief folkloric-like motifs. These are mostly veteran musicians from avant rock and world music as well as jazz scenes, paying utmost attention to dynamics and each other”, says ‘Beyond Jazz’ writer Howard Mandel.

And the blog Lucidculture compares the CIO “with the phantasmagorical sweep of the Gil Evans Orchestra and the rough-and-tumble bustle of the Mingus bands. The camaraderie and warmth of the repartee between the orchestra and conductor – and among the orchestra itself – was visceral. Karl Berger has been a pioneer in large-scale jazz improvisation longer than just about anybody, which explains why his Improvisers Orchestra swings as hard, and interestingly, and often hauntingly as they do.”

“My emphasis is on musical emotion, that cuts through all concept”s, says Karl Berger. “The sounds of the CIO might lead you to think of music from Ligeti to Fela Kuti, until you give up all comparisons and join the fun, pure and simple.”  

One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's unique vocalizations and poetry. CIO performances benefit the Creative Music Studio the 45 year old nonprofit Karl and Ingrid co-founded with the late Ornette Coleman.                           (www.creativemusicstudio.org)

The performers include: Strings: Sana Nagano, Chern Hwei Fung, Richard Carr, Annemarie Wiesner; clarinets: Lee Odom, Don Payne, Blaise Siwula; bass clarinets: Michael Lytle, Christof Knoche; soprano sax: Jason Candler; alto sax: Welf Doerr, Patrick Brennan, tenor sax: Peter Apfelbaum, Ras Moshe; cbass clar: Bohdan Hilash; bar.sax/picc. flute: Bill Ylitalo; oboe: Richard Keene; trumpet: Thomas Heberer, Aaron Shragge; trombone: Westbrook Johnson; flutes: Sylvain Leroux, Haruna Fukazawa, Bill Horberg, Gene Coleman; bass: Adam Lane, Ken Filiano; drums: Warren Smith; guitar: Kenny Wessel, Mike Gassmann, Ted Orr, Mandolin: John Ehlis, Sam Harmet; keyboards: Bob Bresnan; Vocals/Poetry: Ingrid Sertso.

The Cuban vocalist/composer Melvis Santa will be the guest artist of the evening.        

Tickets are $15.

 

 

 

 

Aaron Shragge & Eli Asher Duo at FONTMusic: 2016
Sep
20
8:00 pm20:00

Aaron Shragge & Eli Asher Duo at FONTMusic: 2016

  • Threes Brewing

Visionaries Night 2

Sep 20 • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$10

Tickets and Full Festival Pass

Building on the monthly concert series Music for Wing Walkers, co- curators John Blevins and Aaron Shragge present a program of artistic quality that expands the idea of what a trumpet player can do and highlights musical innovation that defies genres.

Trumpet duo with Aaron Shragge and Eli Asher

Shane Endsley Quartet
Shane Endsley (tp), Dave Devine (g), Greg Garrison (b), Matt Houston (dr)

Closing with trumpeter Shane Endsley fronting the Wing Walker Orchestra

 

 

 "In C" at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
Jul
7
6:30 pm18:30

"In C" at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

  • Museum of Modern Art

"In C" at Museum of Modern Art Terry Riley’s 1964 composition "In C," a seminal work of musical minimalism, was inspired by the rhythmic patterns, drones, and immersive nature of raga. Under the leadership of the sitarist Neel Murgai, Brooklyn Raga Massive brings the music full circle, as the first ensemble to perform the piece with an orchestra of raga musicians. Riley himself, who has studied and performed in Hindustani vocal traditions for decades, suggested that BRM open the composition to improvisation, and the ensemble’s performances have gained a new spontaneity, beauty, and excitement. No two performances of "In C" are the same; listening to it can be a transcendent and moving experience. A globally recognized collective of forward-thinking musicians, Brooklyn Raga Massive brings together artists and audiences of diverse backgrounds. In four years and more than 200 concerts, the ensemble has been at the forefront of bringing new listeners to the deep tradition of classical raga and the creation of new musical forms. Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

TICKETS HERE

Musical acts for the 2016 series are presented in conjunction with the exhibition "BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE," and organized in collaboration with PopRally. Riley was a longtime Conner collaborator; "In C" was the score to Conner’s final moving-image work, "Easter Morning" (2008). The Garden Bar offers drinks and snacks at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden. The menu of homemade snacks includes specialty hot dogs, soft pretzels, and baguette sandwiches, along with a selection of wines, craft-beers, and cocktails. In the event of rain, bar will be closed. Terrace 5 is located on the fifth floor, with views overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Chef Dan Jackson’s menu features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on light, seasonal plates.

Abhik Mukherjee and Neel Murgai, sitar; Camila Celin, sarod; Priya Darshini and Andrew Shantz, voice; Tali Rubinstein, recorder; Eric Fraser, bansuri; Aaron Shragge, trumpet; Sameer Gupta, Ehren Hanson, and Roshni Thompson, tabla; Michael Gam, dilruba; Trina Basu, Arun Ramamurthy, Ken Shoji, and Anjna Swaminathan, violin; Adam Malouf, cello; David Ellenbogen, guitar; Kane Mathis, oud; Vin Scialla, percussion.

Brooklyn Raga Massive: The Raga Jazz Messengers
Jun
1
Jun 2

Brooklyn Raga Massive: The Raga Jazz Messengers

  • La Luz

The Raga Jazz Messengers represent a new approach to unifying the deep histories of American Jazz and Indian Classical Raga. Drawing on traditional as well as contemporary influences this group ventures past conventional improvisational methods to expand the context of group dialogue, while pushing the limits of artistic expression.

Sameer Gupta - Drumset
Michael Gam - Bass
Aaron Shragge - Trumpet
Aakash Mittal - Sax

Brooklyn Raga Massive

Out of Your Head
May
29
8:30 pm20:30

Out of Your Head

  • Threes Brewing

Out of Your Head

Aaron Shragge - dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi 

alongside:

Devin Gray
Dustin Carlson
Nico Soffiato
James Wengrow
Josh Sinton
Eli Wallace
Brandon Lopez
Ben Cohen
Sean Ali
Cody Brown
Kenji Herbert
David Grollman
 

$10 suggested donation.