John Ehlis

Friday, November 25th, one set only from 7:30 PM
Get ready for a very special and unique evening with John Ehlis and special guest Karl Berger. He is one of the icons of the creative music world. a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, a recipient of numerous composition awards and noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by a variety of artists including Jeff Buckley, Natalie Merchant and Angelique Kidjo. In the 1970’s, Berger was the primary force behind the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York. These innovative workshops and concerts attracted a wide range of open-minded composers, improvisors and emerging instrumentalists, which became a multi-cultural exchange of music from around the world. Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos, Foday Musa Suso and the Art Ensemble of Chicago were amongst the many guiding artists at CMS. Classically trained on the flute, Sylvain Leroux, a native of Canada, met Berger as a student at the Creative Music Studio in the late 70’s. Over the past 15 years, he has became one of the rare outsiders to master the tambin, an astonishing flute, unique to the Fulani people of Guinea in West Africa. Kresten Osgood interests range from postmodern hip hop projects, to free form avant-garde experiments, to a variety of jazz forms. Known for his resourceful and impulsive style, he always adds a highly personal energy to whatever context he performs in. Amongst the many artists Osgood has performed and recorded with can be mentioned Yusef Lateef, Paul Bley, Sam Rivers, Oliver Lake, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Brad Mehldau.
Bassist Max Johnson is the youngest member of the group and found his calling in music long before graduating from Montclair High School in 2008. In just a few short years, he has worked alongside jazz greats Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Henry Grimes and William Parker. Johnson has a new debut recording in the works with Mark Whitecage, Steve Swell and Tyshawn Sorey.
Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world Ehlis has performed throughout the United States, with musicians ranging from the avante-garde jazz of John Tchicai, Oliver Lake, Perry Robinson and Francis Wong (Asian Improv Arts), to Marie Afonso (Zap Mama), the instrument maker Ken Butler, Joe Craven (David Grisman?s Group), classical guitarist Philip Hii, Slovakian poet Gabriel Ariel Levicky, Russian painter Andrey Tamarchenko, dancer Charmaine Warren, Basque musicians Tapia and Leturria, Ghanian musician Zorkie Nelson and Pakistani singer Fawzia Afzal Khan.