- Fred Lonberg-Holm
Infobox musical artist
Name = Fred Lonberg-Holm
Img_capt = Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Fred Lonberg-Holm (born 1962) is an American cello player based in
Chicago. He relocated from New York to Chicago in 1995.
Lonberg-Holm is most identified with playing
free improvisationand free jazz. He is also a composer of concert works. As a session musician and arranger, he is credited on many rock, pop, and country records.
Lonberg-Holm currently leads the Valentine Trio, with Jason Roebke (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums). This jazz trio performs original compositions as well as tunes by both jazz composers (e.g.
Sun Ra) and pop songwriters (e.g. Jeff Tweedy, Syd Barrett).
He coordinates and directs performances of his Lightbox Orchestra, an improvising ensemble with a flexible, ever-changing membership. Lonberg-Holm does not play an instrument in this group, but rather conducts its non-idiomatic improvisations via the "lightbox" and by holding up handwritten signs. The lightbox contains a light bulb for each musician which Lonberg-Holm switches on or off to suggest when they should play.
Collective groups of which Lonberg-Holm is a member include Terminal 4, The Boxhead Ensemble, Pillow, the Lonberg-Holm/Kessler/Zerang trio (with
Kent Kesslerand Michael Zerang), and the Dörner/Lonberg-Holm duo (with Axel Dörner).
Among groups led by other people, he is a member of the Vandermark 5, the
Joe McPheeTrio, the Peter BrötzmannChicago Tentet, Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens, and Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band.
When he lived in New York, Lonberg-Holm frequently collaborated with the rock group God Is My Co-Pilot and pianist and composer
Anthony Coleman. In Chicago, he has worked with Jim O'Rourke, Bobby Conn(on " Llovessonngs"  and "The Golden Age"  ), The Flying Luttenbachers, Wilco, Mats Gustafsson, Sten Sandell, Jaap Blonk, John Butcher, and a great many others.
Lonberg-Holm's concert works have been premiered by
William Winant, Carrie Biolo, the Austin New Music Co-Op, Subtropics Ensemble, Duo Atypica, the Schanzer/Speach Duo, New Winds, Paul Hoskin, Kevin Norton, the E.S.P. Ensemble, and others.
His scores for dance have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Dance Theater Workshop as well as many other venues.
He is a former composition student of
Anthony Braxtonand Morton Feldman.
He performed improvised music in the role of a troubled composer who finds inspiration in the love of a couple he spots on the street in a short film for the
* [http://fredsgigs.blogspot.com/ blog with upcoming performance dates]
* [http://www.furious.com/perfect/fredlonbergholm.html interview (Perfect Sound Forever)]
* [http://www.fakejazz.com/interviews/lonbergholm.shtml interview (Fake Jazz)]
* [http://www.ink19.com/issues/november2002/interviews/fredLonbergHolm.html interview (Ink 19)]
* [http://www.deadceo.com/interview_fred.html interview (Dead CEO)]
* [http://www.scaruffi.com/vol5/lonberg.html profile and reviews (Piero Scaruffi)]
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