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Rodrigues / Lonberg-Holm / Pinheiro: Multiforms (Creative Sources)

A dynamic encounter between Chicago improvising cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Red Trio pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro, and Creative Sources label leader, violist Ernesto Rodrigues, performing live during the CreativeFest XIII at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal, in one extended improvisation and a relatively concise coda; powerful and assertive, masterful work.
 

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UPC: 5609063406597

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs659
Squidco Product Code: 29482

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live during the CreativeFest XIII at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal,on November 23rd 2019 by Miguel Azguime.


Personnel:

Ernesto Rodrigues-viola

Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello

Rodrigo Pinheiro-piano

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Artist Biographies:

"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.

His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.

The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.

Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.

Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.

Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.

Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
10/19/2020

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"Fred Lonberg-Holm (born 1962) is an American cellist based in Chicago. He relocated from New York City to Chicago in 1995. Lonberg-Holm is most identified with playing free improvisation and 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). The group released its first album Terminal Valentine, in 2007, which was reviewed by AllAboutJazz critic Nils Jacobson.

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 who released an album, in 2003, called When I'm Falling that received four and a half stars, and AMG Album Pick by Allmusic, and it was reviewed by Allmusic's Joslyn Layne, The Boxhead Ensemble, Pillow, the Lonberg-Holm/Kessler/Zerang trio (with Kent Kessler and 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 McPhee Trio, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago 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 pianist and composer Anthony Coleman as well as multi-instrumentalist Paul Duncan of Warm Ghost. In Chicago, he has worked with Jim O'Rourke, Bobby Conn (on "Llovessonngs" [1999] and "The Golden Age" [2001]), The Flying Luttenbachers, Lake Of Dracula, Wilco, Rivulets, 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 Braxton and 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 Playboy channel."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Lonberg-Holm)
10/19/2020

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"Rodrigo Pinheiro was born in 1973 in Covilhã, a small town in the center of Portugal. He started learning the piano when he was five at the Conservatory of Covilhã and later at the Conservatory of Lisbon until he was eighteen. He soon got involved with the free Portuguese improvisation scene, having played with Américo Rodrigues, José Oliveira, Nuno Rebelo, Rodrigo Amado, Luís Desirat, Bruno Parrinha or Ernesto Rodrigues. Pinheiro's intuitive approach to improvisation and exploration of the piano timbres, using both classical and extensive techniques, makes his music energic, polyrhythmic and full of contrasts. Moreover, he has honed his technique at workshops of improvisa- tion and composition where he has played with virtuous names, such as Carlos Zíngaro, Peter Kowald, Gunther Muller or Patrick Brennan. He has also performed with several musicians, like Hiroshi Kobayashi, Cristin Wilboltz, Nathan Fuhr, Blaise Siwula, Per Anders Nilsson, John Zorn, Nobuyasu Furuya, Jason Stein, Nate Wooley, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Keir Neuringer, among others. In 2010 Pinheiro formed his project RED Trio, with Hernâni Faustino (bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums). The band has recorded four albums with Clean Feed and Nobusiness Records and performed live at jazz and improvised music festivals and concerts in Portugal, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland and Romenia. He is also a member of the Nobuyasu Furuya Quintet, which has two released albums by Chitei Records e Nobusiness Records. His most recent projects are his trio earNear, with João Camões (viola) and Miguel Mira (cello), and the Clocks and Clouds' quartet, with Luís Vicente (trumpet), Hernani Faustino (bass) and Marco Franco (drums)."-Luis Vicente Website (http://luis-vicente.wixsite.com/luisvicente)
10/19/2020

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track listing:


1. Untitled 29:12

2. Untitled 4:22
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"[... The assertive Multiforms is played by a trio of Ernesto Rodrigues (viola), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) and Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano). And Pinheiro had appeared here again (and with Rodrigues) only last month with The Book of Spirals, while Lonberg-Holm has appeared on Creative Sources a couple of times already too (including with Ernesto Rodrigues and Miguel Mira on Incidental Projections, discussed here three years ago) - both here in another relatively extrovert performance (unusually) featuring Rodrigues in some quasi-traditional "free jazz" solos.... There are still strange harmonies (i.e. post-romantic atonality), amid a sort of rhetorical stance around musical anticipation that suggests a kind of grim optimism, even determination with tenderness... an impulse that's eventually figured via (what can sometimes be) stereotypical ascending lines gesturing toward transcendence....]"-Todd McComb's Jazz Thoughts



"Throughout the existence of this musical current, which is called “free improvisation”, the term “form” has always been avoided to refer to what happens. The reason is understandable: in a song that is spontaneous and intuitive, composed at the time of interpretation, to resort to conventional concepts in a way is to circumscribe what happens to the classic factors of organization of sounds, of structuring, of orchestration. The usual definitions of how "the arrangement of the units of rhythm, melody and / or harmony that show repetition or variation", to paraphrase the Wikipedia vulgate, do not seem to fit properly with this type of approach. And yet… And yet, listening to something like “Multiforms”, from the trio formed by violetist Ernesto Rodrigues with Fred Lonberg-Holm (North American cellist residing in Lisbon) and Rodrigo Pinheiro at the piano, is the form factor that it assaults auditory perceptions - and not necessarily because the title of the album draws our attention to it (Miles Davis once said something like "first play, then give it a name").

Like us listeners, the musicians involved understood a posteriori that, in this recorded live performance (by Miguel Azguime, composer of contemporary music) in November 2019 during Creative Sources Fest, that was exactly what was at stake. In other words, that a situation of integral improvisation also follows organizational, structural and formal principles. A big difference exists only in relation to the music that was fixed on a score: what comes on paper is "selective improvisation", as Stravinsky said. In a 10-minute improvisation the composition takes 10 minutes to complete, while a noticed 10-minute composition can take 10 years to write, for the simple fact that what was improvised with the pen is then amended. Now, this is a record of brilliant composers of the moment, of experienced improvisation practitioners who do not need to correct what was left behind because what they did has such a truth and logic / sensitivity that any change would be a crime."-Rui Eduardo Paes, Jazz.pt (translated by Google)

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