The Berlin Improvisers Orchestra (Ber.I.O.) was founded by Saxophonist Anna Kaluza in June 2010, with the help of “accoucheurs” Alison Blunt & Ricardo Tejero from the London Improvisers Orchestra (L.I.O.). The musicians conduct pieces using hand signals based on the conduction concept of American composer and improviser Butch Morris, these gestures are used and expanded upon by improvising orchestras worldwide.
A stellar cast of Berlin-based improvising artists, Ber.I.O. includes an international line-up (Mexico, Spain, Japan, England, USA) and has performed with guests Alexander v. Schlippenbach, Matthias Muller and members of the Tokyo Improvisers Orchestra and L.I.O.
Ute Wassermann – voc, fl, Niko Meinhold – p , Alison Blunt – vl, Tristan Honsinger – vlc, Wolfgang Georgsdorf – vl, Denitsa Mineva – vl, Hui-Chun Lin – vlc, Anna Kaluza – as, Frank Gratkowski – bcl , Ricardo Tejero – cl, ts, Henrik Walsdorff – ts, Robert Würz – bs, fl, Manuel Miethe – ss, Abigail Sanders – frh, Gerhard Gschlößl – tb, Ritsche Koch – tp, Thomas Zunk – theremin, Ulf Mengersen – b, Stephan Bleier – b, Horst, Nonnenmacher – b, Jan Roder, Kay Lübke – dr, Max Andrzejewski – dr, Kim Efert – guit