A diverse musician, pianist and composer Ali Berkok has appeared in a wide range of venues, from Kingston's Rotunda Theatre to Toronto's Rex Hotel and the Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong. Currently, Ali leads "Arkana:" a new ensemble dedicated to blurring the line between composition and improvisation. Their first album, Hyprovisation, is in the post-production stage and will be available in December.
Also active as a sideman, Ali is an original member of the band Klezfactor, who have received critical success with their debut album "The Golem of Bathurst Manor." Other successful collaborations include stints with jazz vocalist Karen Manion, and the Toronto Jazz Orchestra with whom he had the privilege of working with such artists as saxophonist Jane Bunnett and vocalist Kurt Elling.
A recipient of the 2005 Ken Page Memorial Trust, Ali was accepted to the Banff Centre for the Arts workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Here, he had the opportunity to learn from artists such as Don Byron, Vijay Iyer, Greg Osby, Han Bennink and Dave Douglas. Previously under the instruction of Don Thompson, Ali attended Humber College’s Jazz Studies program. Having also received a Bachelor of Music degree at Queen's University, Ali has a wide perspective and is constantly in search of new ideas.
- Roscoe Mitchell - Sound
- Uri Caine - Goldberg Variations
- Dave Douglas - In Our Lifetime
- Miles Davis - '58 Sessions
- Wynton Marsalis - Black Codes (from the underground)
- Django Bates - Summer Fruits (and Unrest)
- Thelonious Monk - Live at the It Club
- Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard/Waltz for Debby