Atlanta Improvisers Orchestra

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A supergroup of the weirdest and wildest of Atlanta’s experimental music scene, the Atlanta Improvisers Orchestra is an unpredictable assemblage of ideas and approaches unified under conductor Ofir Klemperer. Utilizing a system of hand signals based on Butch Morris’s original concept, Ofir shapes and curates the storm of sound as it develops, one moment setting musicians against each other, the next wringing harmony out of the chaos. Performers invent the music on the spot while Ofir finds the through line, passing a theme from one musician to the next, adjusting dynamics and density, introducing drastic changes, and finding the balance between freedom and control to create a cohesive whole.

As a part of the performance, Ofir leads a 15 minute choir workshop to teach the audience a few of the hand signals for duration, frequency, and dynamics. What follows is improvised collaboration between audience and performers, crafting a conducted uproar to unite all in the room on a sonic journey to destinations unknown.

Ofir Klemperer – conduction, electronics
Eric Fontaine – baritone saxophone, flute
Barron Singh – electronics
Alexander Schmidt – guitar
Majid Araim – mandolin, violin
Tim Crump – clarinets
William Lackey – percussion, marimba
Benjamin Shirley – cello
Priscilla Smith – flute
John Gregg – drums
Paul Stevens – percussion
Al-Yasha Ilhaam Williams – guitar, clarinet
David Gray – guitar
Elizabeth Saller – flute


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