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Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Adam Golebiewski: Relephant (Bocian)

Chicago free improvising cellist and electronicist Fred Lonberg-Holm and Poznan, Germany drummer, having worked together in larger group settings, met as a duo at MDK Dragon Club in Ponzan to record these four far-ranging improvisations of unusual textures, rhythms and sonic interactions.

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Label: Bocian
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 23686

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at MDK Dragon, Poznan, May 12th-13th, 2013, by Bartek Olszewski.


Fred Lonberg Holm-cello, electronics

Adam Golebiewski-drums

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track listing:

1. Obviously In The Room 11:04

2. Disguised 3:47

3. Being Run Around Inside 13:38

4. Meeting Three Blind People 6:28

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"Lonberg-Holm has collaborated before with Gołębiewski - a percussionist and musicologist who has collaborated before with Gustafsson, American guitarist Thurston Moore and Catalan pianist Agustí Fernández - in an ad-hoc, free-improvising quartet that featured fellow Polish musicians, clarinetist Piotr Melech and pianist Witold Oleszak (Divided by 4, Multikulti, 2012). Their debut album as a duo was recorded at the Dragon club in Poznań on May 2013.

Lonberg-Holm alternates between the cello and electronics and Gołębiewski adds various objects to his arsenal. The four ultra-dynamic and urgent improvisations are focused on weird and complex sonic frictions and extremes. The two sound as enjoying this game of brutal collisions, much louder and noisier than what you expect from a duo of drums and cello.

"Obviously in the room" contrasts the hyperactive, distorted bowing of Lonberg-Holm with the equally restless, industrial-metallic, fractured percussive patterns of Gołębiewski. The short "Disguised" is a looser piece, sounding like a chaotic soundscape of weirder and even weirder noises. "Being run around inside" is the most structured piece, Lonberg-Holm and Gołębiewski patiently cook an intense, spicy stew, while both explore close, resonating sonorities, noisier, even abstract ones, until the cathartic climax. The last "Meeting three blind people" is a surprisingly restrained and cinematic piece, one that highlight the complementing improvisation strategies of Lonberg-Holm and Gołębiewski."-Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Collective

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Artist Biographies:

"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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"Adam Gołębiewski - born in 1984, drummer, improviser, musicologist and sociologist. He is mainly involved in improvised and experimental music as well as free jazz.

In his work he focuses on the ultimate extension of the capabilities of the drum set and percussion instruments in terms of their anatomy, sound and expression in an attempt to create frank and poignant sounds. He has worked with such icons of experimental art and music as Yoko Ono or Thurston Moore. He has also performed and recorded with leading figures of improvised music: Mats Gustaffson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ken Vandermark and John Edwards, Alex Ward, Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoul, Peter Evans, Agusti Fernandez, Tim Daisy, Herman Muntzig, Michael Esposite, Mikołaj Trzaska, Mike Majkowski, Łukasz Szałankiewicz and many others. He lives and works in Poznań."

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