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Corbett, John with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Torsten Muller: Twofer (Penumbra)

Duet improvisations of acoustic guitarist John Corbett with two separate collaborators: cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and bassist Torsten Muller, subtle and substantial interaction.

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Numbered edition of 500

Label: Penumbra
Catalog ID: CD010
Squidco Product Code: 13213

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: USA
Packaging: Paper foldover in a vinyl sleeve with insert
Tracks 1-4 recorded on November 12, 1999 at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, by Lou Mallozzi.Tracks 5-9 Recorded on October 2,1998 at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, by Lou Mallozzi.


John Corbett-electric and acoustic guitar

Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello

Torsten Muller-bass

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Chicago based John Corbett is a guitarist, turntablist, and music writer for the Chicago Reader and Down Beat magazine.


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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."

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"Torsten Müller (born November 25, 1957 in Hamburg, Germany) is a free improvising bassist in Vancouver, Canada. He plays a 5 string double bass. He lived in Bremen and Hamburg from 1976 to 2001, where he started his musical career and worked as a radio host and producer at Radio Bremen, a public radio and television broadcaster.

He came into the free improvised music scene in the mid 70s, first playing with Free Music Communion (an ensemble with guitarist Herbert Janssen and pianist Udo Bergner) recording three LPs on their own Fremuco Records label. He was a member of the large improvising ensemble King Ubu Orchestra for 10 years.

Torsten Müller has performed concerts all over the world with a diverse array of improvisers, including Evan Parker, John Russell, Jon Rose, Joelle Léandre, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Lol Coxhill, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, Charles Gayle, Melvin Poore, Paul Rutherford, Peter van Bergen and Alfred Harth.

He moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2001 where he has been performing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and acts as co-curator of the annual Time Flies Improvised Music Festival. He plays in various ensembles, including Vancouver based drummer Dylan Van Der Schyff's Bande X and his own ensemble, Hoxha, with British trombonist Paul Rutherford and Dylan Van Der Schyff."

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track listing:

1. Torso Joggle 7:12

2. Jodhpur Torsion 5:59

3. Jock-Strap Torsade 6:28

4. Torrid Jobber 3:48

5. Freckle Joinery 2:44

6. Freak-Jointed 3:10

7. Jongleur Frazzle 3:28

8. Joss Paper Fray 3:18

9. Fraxinella Jostle 4:37
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"Twofer features the duet improvisations of acoustic guitarist John Corbett with two separate collaborators: cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and bassist Torsten Müller. John Corbett's work as an improviser and composer is well-documented on his two Penumbra CDs (The Devil's in the Details and Van's Peppy Syncopators) and his studiophonic collections I'm Sick About My Hat and Sticky Tongues and Kitchen Knives (with Mats Gustafsson). Fred Lonberg-Holm may be best known for his work with fellow Chicagoans Michael Zerang and Ken Vandermark in numerous ensembles, including the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Octet/Tentet. Bassist Torsten Müller's short, potent discography, includes the LPs Müller recorded with legendary Hannover-based improvisor, trombonist, cellist and bassist Günter Christmann. These include a quartet with Christmann, Davey Williams, and LaDonna Smith, White Earth Streak (reissued by Atavistic), a duet record Carte Blanche (FMP) and a trio recording with Lol Coxhill and Paul Rutherford titled Milwaukee 2002 (on Emanem). Lou Mallozzi's Experimental Sound Studio recording of these duets captures all the subtle exchanges of these remarkable improvisations."-Penumbra Music

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