Karl Berger - Music Mind Directed
Julian Benedikt Germany / 2018 / 69:55 minutes North American Premiere
Times and Venues:
Orpheum Theater SAUGERTIES
We Need Vibes!' writes avant-garde legend Don Cherry to his German pianist and vibraphonist Karl Berger. He follows the call of his bandleader and moves to New York. His best decision!
Very few others influenced free improvisation and world music, as did Karl Berger. Classically trained and with a PhD in musicology, he gave up his assistant job with German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno to move to Paris with his wife, singer Ingrid Sertso. Leaving dreary post-war Germany behind, they met their life long collaborator, Don Cherry.
In 1971 with the help of Ornette Coleman, they founded the Creative Music Studio (CMS) in Woodstock, New York, a center for free music, improvisation and what later would be labeled ‘world music’.
Karl Berger - Music Mind traces the journey from Heidelberg to Paris, New York
and onward to Woodstock and documents his celebrated anniversary concert at the 2018 Jazz Festival Stuttgart.
“Beauty shines on the surface, but it is not the surface”
Julian is an award winning director and photographer best known for his films ‚Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton’ (2001), ‚Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz’ (1997) and ‚Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe’ (2006). He is driven by his passion: people, light and music.
Julian has worked with many of the most influential people in music, as well as with renownend personalities in sports, art and fashion like Dennis Hopper, B.B. King, Burt Bacharach, Billy Wilder, Roger Federer, Carlos Santana, Lionel Hampton, Tyson Gaye, David Lynch, Cindy Crawford, Robert Evans, Marianne Faithfull, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jodie Foster, Daryl Hannah, Jeff Koons, Karl Lagerfeld, Juliette Gréco, Helmut & June Newton, Luciano Pavarotti, Paloma Picasso, Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny, Claudia Schiffer, Ettore Sottsass, Sigourney Weaver, John Frankenheimer, Herbie Hancock, Vidal Sassoon.
Executive Producer(s): -
Producer(s): Axel Kroell
Director(s): Julian Benedikt
Screenwriter(s): Julian Benedikt
Cinematographer(s): Ma Raab
Editor(s): Alexander Costea, David Feuerstein
Production Designer(s): -
Composer(s)/Music: Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso
Sound Designer(s): Joshua Sedlak, Klaus Ploch, Fabian Schäffler
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