Omi Improvisers Orchestra to Bring ‘Guerrilla Jazz’ to Helsinki Hudson

Karl Berger

Karl Berger

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Jazz greats Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso will lead the Omi Improvisers Orchestra, featuring a baker’s dozen musicians from around the globe, in a unique concert of “guerrilla jazz” at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 21, at 8pm. Ensemble members hail from South Korea, Sweden, Russia, China and Italy, and are participants in the Music Omi International Musicians Residency Programs at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y.

This year’s fellows include a remarkable diversity of musicians, including a traditional Chinese erhu virtuoso and electronic composer from China, an Italian jazz guitarist, a Russian composer and multi-instrumentalist, and even a traditional Celtic vocalist from  Columbia County. The Music Omi 2013 fellows will perform for the first time ever as an improvising orchestra. They will create new music live and present interpretations of works by the legendary trumpeter Don Cherry, with whom Berger performed in the 1960s, and others.

Berger, a pianist and vibraphonist, and Sertso, a vocalist, along with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, founded the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., the birthplace of the world jazz movement. Berger and Sertso were recently named “Jazz Heroes” by the Jazz Journalists Association.

For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800. For the most up-to-date concert information visit



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