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The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present guest artist Karl Berger and faculty member Bob Gluck in a program of Improvised Music on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Guest artist and vocalist Ingrid Sertso will also perform.  The concert, which will include Berger's "No Man Is an Island" and "Nameless Child," will be followed by a question and answer period.

Karl Berger has been an important musical presence internationally for fifty years and is one of the leading figures in musical improvisation and cross-cultural musical awareness. A vibraphonist, conductor and educator, he is a six-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist and recipient of numerous Composition Awards in the United States and Europe. He has crafted innovative arrangements for Natalie Merchant, Bootsy Collins and many others. Berger has recorded and performed internationally with such luminaries as Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin and Gunther Schuller.

Bob Gluck is a pianist, composer, educator and writer. His seventh recording, "Textures and Pulsations," is a compilation of duets with pianist Aruan Ortiz and was just released on Ictus Records. Karl Ackermann of All About Jazz described his work as "completely original, artistically spontaneous, and intellectually challenging." Allan Kozinn of the New York Times wrote, “[He is] an accomplished jazz pianist ... with virtuosic fluidity." His new book “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” was published by University of Chicago Press in August.

Ingrid Sertso has established herself over many years as a captivating, adventurous vocalist and poet capable of blending jazz, African, South American and other world beat influences into a distinctive, hypnotic sound. She has performed with Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Karl Berger, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Giuffre, Nana Vasconcelos, Steve Gorn, Olatunji, Pauline Oliveros, Leroy Jenkins and Karl Berger.

Berger and Sertso are co-directors of The Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York.

This concert is part of a daylong artist residency by Karl Berger and will be preceded by two music improvisation workshops in the Performing Arts Center at 2:45 and 4pm. The workshops are open to all and there is no charge for participation.

Berger's visit is part of a long-term initiative about musical improvisation and its role in building dialog across human differences, particularly race and ethnicity. The project is co-sponsored by the Departments of Music; Africana Studies; and Latin, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies. Berger’s visit is funded by the Departments of Music and Africana Studies and the University-wide Diversity Transformation Fund.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997