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Sandell / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang: Disappeared (Nuscope)

The first CD by the multi-national trio of Swedish pianist Sten Sandell, Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Chicago-based percussionist Michael Zerang, an amazingly diverse set using unusual techniques and intensive dialog.

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UPC: 659897100920

Label: Nuscope
Catalog ID: CD 1009
Squidco Product Code: 17289

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2001
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Chicago, IL on April 21st, 1998 at AirWave Recording Studios.


Sten Sandell-Yamaha piano, voice

Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello

Michael Zerang-percussion, zither

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track listing:

1. Disappeared - Day One 7:30

2. Disappeared - Day Teo 9:58

3. Disappeared - Day Three 9:13

4. Disappeared - Day Four 4:42

5. Disappeared - Day Five 6:45

6. Disappeared - Day Six 4:41

7. Disappeared - Day Seven 7:12

8. Disappeared - Day Eight 7:26

9. Disappeared - Day Nine 6:38
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"Disappeared is the first CD by the multi-national trio of Swedish pianist Sten Sandell, Chicago- based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Chicago-based percussionist Michael Zerang. This music is a monument to how three musicians can listen to one another at a very high degree and create fresh and vital music entirely free of cliché.

This disc was recorded at Airwave Recording Studios in Chicago in April of 1998 and was mixed and mastered at the same studios in September of 2000 with the fine John McCortney engineering.

The three musicians gained a fantastic rapport with one another on this recording. According to writer John Corbett; "This particular aggregation is an indication of the strong connection between the current Chicago improvising scene and the vibrant Swedish creative music scene. Like Zerang, Sandell is a senior member of his scene; he was active in the mid '70s, helping create the conditions for what would turn into one of the great musical contexts of the end of the '90s. Lonberg-Holm and Zerang have been working together extensively for years, ever since the cellist moved to Chicago from New York in the mid '90s.Years of working together, sussing one another out, learning each other's tricks and learning how to surprise one another. This is a trio built on shared aesthetic concerns and masterful interactivity."

In the Summer 2001 issue of Copper Press, Bill Meyer said, "Although its music encompasses vast spaces, the recording is hardly immaterial. Drums and cello scrape, spring, and carom like the sounds of sabotage in a ball-bearing factory, hurtling around and through the rumble of Sandell's Cage-like piano preparations. The Swede also indulges in throat singing that evokes visions of an intestinally themed opera staged on Tuvan steppes. It's hardly your pa's piano trio record." "-Nuscope

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Artist Biographies:

"Composer / musician / producer - piano, organ, voice, electronics,Sound/Text/Image Real-Time Composer, Doctor of Philosophy In Fine Arts in Musical Performance and Interpretation, University of Gothenburg, 2013

Cooperation with musicians/composers including Emil Strandberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Sverrir Gudjonsson, Johan Berthling, Evan Parker, Sven-Åke Johansson, Chris Cutler, Mats Persson, Sofia Jernberg, Carl-Axel Dominique, Mats Gustafsson, Nina de Heney and Raymond Strid. Music Inside the Language was winner of Contemporary Sound in 2011 of the Journal Contemporary Music. Music and visual arts, including Bo Samuelsson, Katarina Eismann, Inger Arvidsson. Music and dance, including Jukka Korpi, Ingrid Olterman, Bo Arenander, Anne Külper. Music and Drama including Fredrik Nyberg, Magnus Florin, Magnus Jacobsson, Willy Kyrklund, Karl Dunér, Rolf Skoglund, Peter Oskarson, Stina Ekblad and Jörgen Gassilewski.

Sten Sandell was awarded the Royal Academy of Music's Jazz Award in 2012 with the motivation: "The pianist Sten Sandell is one of Swedish improvised music's most brilliant, captivating and independent voices. His musical activities are characterized by a strong artistic integrity, and he has with great consistency developed a characteristic aesthetic attitude that inspires countless musicians. " "

-Sten Sandell Website (

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"Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.

Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.

As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link's Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 - 2005.

Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.

Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.

-Michael Zerang Website (

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Other Releases With These Artists:
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Pan-Scan Ensemble
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Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang)
The Chicago Plan
(Clean Feed)
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Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang
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(Clean Feed)
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