Active since: March 30, 1935 Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Karl Berger 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....
“Karl Berger’s a great pure player: without getting into stylistic pigeonholes and without any amplification, he delivers a constantly satisfying mixture of colorative nuances and straight ahead swing.” —Downbeat Magazine
“The way Karl plays the vibes he should be president of the United States.” —Dave Brubeck
“The entire performance was among the gentlest, most subtle examples of a new jazz one is likely to heard, and Berger’s leaps on vibes seemed to summarize the comfortable, affirmative sprit of the music.” —Boston Phoenix
“This is music of great maturity and coolness....of a timesless and unpretentious beauty as one rarely encounters in today's jazz.” —Jazzdimensions
“A work of unthought-of beauty; makes you listen, because it opens spaces in the stressful daily life of the post-modern age.” —Jazzdimensions
“Candidate for CD of the year.” —Frankfurter Allgemeine
“Berger writes wide-open, prairie-big tunes. He’s a minimalist who uses a spare vocabulary of melodies and ambiguous harmony to wrap his solos in different colors.” —Peter Watrous, Musician Magazine