Two aspects of reed & string duos, side A presents Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm with Danish/NY saxophonist Lotte Anker in 4 free improvisations of unusual technique; side B is UK saxophonist Dave Jackson & Dirk Serries on electric guitar for an extended improv live at Cafe Oto.
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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS029
Squidco Product Code: 22170
Side A recorded live at Corbett vs Dempsey in Chicago on February 24th, 2015 by Dave Zuchowski.
Side B recorded live at Cafe Oto (London) on July 14th, 2015 by James Dunn.
Fred Lonberg-Holm-strings, electronics
Dave Jackson-alto saxophone
Dirk Serries-electric guitar
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1. Ice King 12:55
2. Melt 6:32
3. The Figid Air 7:14
4. Cold Only Hurts Those Who Feel 8:33
1. Cafe Oto Live Improvisation 28:55
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"A new split tape Two Duos, featuring four amazing improvisers. This tape is set up as two different takes on a Reeds & Strings duo, with each side showing a unique take on the classic duo pairing.
Fred Lonberg-Holm returns to Astral Spirits for his third release (following Ballister & Survival Unit III) here paired with the brilliant Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker. The duo was recorded in Chicago at Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, a beautiful and intimate setting that captures some truly beautiful music. Anker & Lonberg-Holm have been playing as a duo (and as part of larger ensembles) together since 2011 - their initial show was following Link Wray!! They explore far reaches of their respective instruments - from harsh & jagged edged cello scrapes & electronics of Lonberg-Holm to growling flutters out of Anker's sax - while also leaving plenty of space and breathing room for each other.
Dave Jackson & Dirk Serries are also new to Astral Spirits, showing a different side to the strings/reeds dynamic...Dave Jackson has been playing alto sax in the UK for quite some time, focusing on lots of solo playing (please visit his bandcamp, lots of great stuff) as well as the Solar Fire Trio (also features fellow AS artist Ray Dickaty of Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra!). Dirk Serries has been making a splash in the music world for quite some time as well, from his recent work with YODOK III, Kodian Trio (w/Colin Webster) & his work with John Dikeman to past work as vidnaObmana & Fear Falls Burning. Side B is Jackson/Serries giving us 28 minutes of scorched earth free jazz (think Blue Humans without a rhythm section) with a healthy dose of quiet ambient bridges as well. A beautiful dialogue from two European veterans that are gaining more attention that they both deserve."-Astral Spirits
• Show Bio for Lotte Anker
"Lotte Anker. Soprano- alto- and tenor saxophone. Composer.
Lotte Anker is born 1958 in Copenhagen. As a child and young she studied classical piano but took up the saxophone and improvised music in 1980, primarily influenced through the music of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter but also the more experimental jazzscene in Scandinavia at that time.
She studied music at the Copenhagen University from 1980-84 and in the 80'ties par- ticipated in several courses and workshops lead by e.g.: Joe Henderson, David Liebman, John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur, David Murray.
As a composer she is mostly selftaught but has a degree in composition fromRhytmic Music Conservatory, Cph. Compositionclass led by Bob Brookmeyer and with assisting guest teachers Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgren, Svend Hvidtfeldt-Nielsen ao.
In 1988 she formed her own quartet with pianoplayer Mette Petersen:Lotte Anker/Mette Petersen Quartet. In 92 the quartet transformed into a quintet with Norwegian trumpetplayer Nils-Petter Molvær.In 95 she became a member of the free improvising trio Anker,Friis,Poulsen (with Hasse Poulsen, guitar and Peter Friis-Nielsen: bass)
1996-2013 co-leader (together w/ trombonist/composer Ture Larsen) of the 12-piece orchestra Copenhagen Art Ensemble. Cph. Art Ensemble is performing new music and besides playing new Danish music, the band has done projects/tours with e.g.: Tim Berne, Django Bates, John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur, The Zapolski Quartet, Mats Gustafsson, Marc Ducret.
In 97 L. Anker formed a trio with Marilyn Crispell and Marilyn Mazur. The collaboration with M. Crispell has continued through the years in various formations: as duo, trio and quartet.
In 2003 the trio : anker,taborn,cleaver was formed with pianoplayer Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
In 2006 the quintet Sonographic July (LA, Tim Berne, altosax, Sylvie Courvoisier, pno, Ikue Mori, electr, Tom Rainey, dr) was established and also a trio: Anker, Courvoisier, Mori.
In 2010 LA was invited to do a special project at Huddersfield Contemporary Musicfestival & Wundergrund Festival which resulted in the forming of the 8-piece-group: What River Ensemble. WRE includes: Phil Minton, LA, Anna Klett, Garth Knox, Jesper Egelund, Fred Frith/Kim Myhr, Ikue Mori & Chris Cutler.
Other recent group collaborations : Anker, Leandre, Strid (w/ Joelle Leandre & Raymond Strid), Quartet (w/ Johannes Bauer, Clayton Thomas, Paul Lovens). Anker, Frith,Mori (w/ Fred Frith & Ikue Mori) and duo w/ Fred Frith.
Besides working with own groups Lotte Anker has been a member of various Danish/Scandinavian groups e.g.: Marilyn Mazurs Primi Band, Two Bass-Hit, Saxmachine (saxophonequartet), Jazzgroup 90, Art-Out, Ictus, Mokuto, Konvoj-Art.
Projects/collaborations/tours with Peter Brotzmann, Miya Masaoka, Michael Formanek, Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, Dylan van der Schyff , Paal Nilssen-Love, Herb Robertson, Arve
Henriksen, Anders Jormin, Sten Sandell, Andrew Cyrille, Fred Frith, Benoit Delbecq, Wilbert de Joode, Thomas Lehn, Paul Lovens, Okkyung Lee, Fred Lonberg-Holm ao."-Lotte Anker Website (http://www.lotteanker.com/extended-bio)
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"Since his first releases in the early 80s, uncompromising Belgian artist Dirk Serries has garnered respect from and invitations to collaborate with recognised musicians like Steven Wilson, Steve Von Till, Justin Broadrick, Cult Of Luna and Alan Sparhawk of Low. He has been commisioned to write works for Dutch national television broadcaster VPRO, the Antwerp Zoo as well as architectural festival Biënnale Rotterdam and worked on stage with the Holland Symfonia orchestra. His discography encompasses stylistically diverse releases on labels like Relapse, Projekt, Conspiracy as well as his current creative partner Tonefloat, an outfit with years of experience in vinyl editions for acts like Porcupine Tree, Robert Fripp, Theo Travis and Anja Garbarek. Over the past thirty years, he has toured extensively through Europe and the USA and performed at some of experimental music's major venues and concert spaces, as headliner or in support of Low, Mono, My Bloody Valentine, Jesu and others.
Dirk Serries never shied away from collaborations with Justin Broadrick, Steve Roach, Sam Rosenthal, Alio Die, Theo Travis, David Lee Myers, Asmus Tietchens, Stratosphere, Serge Devadder, Willem Tanke or under seperate entities like The Sleep Of Reason (with Jon Attwood), Continuum (with Steven Wilson), Principle Of Silence (with Joris De Backer), The Eightfold Model (with Michael Beckett), Akhet (with Marc Verhaeghen, Paul Van Den Berg), 3 Seconds Of Air (with Martina Verhoeven, Paul Van Den Berg) and The Black Fire (with Robert MacManus).
After bringing his projects vidnaObmana (1984-2005) and Fear Falls Burning (2005-2012) to a satisfying conclusion, Serries no longer considers it necessary to hide behind alter egos. Confident enough to operate under his own name, he is continuing his ongoing search for uncharted territory while keeping in mind the essence which made him want to work with sound in the first place. Fascinated by the power of purity, he has built a reputation for building a personal galaxy of harmony and dissonance through dense caleidoscopes of slowly unfolding motives. His upcoming second microphonics-album is a further refinement of this approach. Eschewing stereotypical genre exercises, Serries refuses to be labeled as a guitarist, weilding his instrument in a way which never denies its original tonal colours while bringing out the unique intimacy of his music.
Released in 2008, Serries's debut studio album under his own name was all about analog warmth and natural acoustics. For his second full-length and in a bid of creating the perfect sonic space, he has now taken on the challenge of engaging in a dialogue with digital processing. Lyricaly titled 'microphonics xxi - xxv - mounting among the the wings, there's a light in vein. the burden of hope across thousands of rivers', the album was released to critical acclaim in March 2013 on renowned Dutch label Tonefloat as a CD and double 10″ vinyl.
The sobriety of his studio work is mirrored by Serries's philosophy to performing live, based on the concept that music should be heard, not seen. Focussed like a monk immersed in prayer, he is performing his music almost in complete darkness and entirely in real-time, making use of both electric amplification and the natural resonance of the room and taking the particular characteristics of each venue into consideration. This way, not a single gig sounds the same as the night before.
While writing the follow-up to his second microphonics solo album, his ongoing fascination for jazz for more than 15 years solidified in 2011 when he was invited by improv and jazz musicians Kristoffer Lo and Tomas Järmyr to form YODOK III. Recording their debut album, completely performed real-time, at the legendary Athletic Sound Studio in Halden (Norway), brought projects in a rapid stream and on the right track. Teaming up with both musicians, in their trio format and with Tomas Järmyr on drums as duo THE VOID OF EXPANSION, Serries collaborates as well with Belgian jazzdrummer Teun Verbruggen as ART OF COSMIC MUSINGS and goes into a duel with Dead Neanderthals, Cactus Truck's American sax player John Dikeman and Dutch drummer Onno Govaert, UK saxophonist Colin Websters, UK drummers Andrew Lisle and Steve Noble. Born was Tonefloat's New Wave Of Jazz and the future foresees no boundaries, 30 years and onwards."-Dirk Serries Website (http://www.dirkserries.com/)
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