Karl Berger is co-founder and artistic director of the Creative Music Studio. He 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 ). He has been Professor of Composition, Artist-in-Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide, and holds a PhD in Music Esthetics.
Karl Berger (center) with Don Cherry and Charlie Haden
Karl Berger is noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley (”Grace”), Natalie Merchant (”Ophelia”), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonathan Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo, and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas, Craig Street and many others.
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, and Vogue.