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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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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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Artist Biographies:

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


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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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