RIP: Karl Berger, 1935-2023
Avant-garde jazz musician and composer Karl Berger has transitioned. He co-founded the Creative Music Institute in Woodstock with his wife, Ingrid Sertso, and the late Ornette Coleman. He worked with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, and Pharaoh Sanders. He was recognized as a maestro by musicians in the pop and rock world as well. Through Bill Laswell, he contributed to recordings by Angelique Kidjo, Natalie Merchant, and Better Than Ezra.
He was noted for playing the vibraphone and piano. He has been active as a sideman as well as a leader. Locally he was active as a member of Chris Pasin’s Ornettiquette and has played in Troy and other bands in the Hudson Valley. His personal contributions to the rich diversity of music in Upstate NY and the world will be missed but will continue through his students and his collaborators.