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Rodrigues / Lonberg-Holm / Hencleeday / Oliveira: Uncommon Statement (Creative Sources)

Two unique string players--Lisbon's Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Chicago's Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello--with pianist Andre Hencleeday and percussionist Jose Oliveira, in an exhilarating concert of dynamic free improvisation captured live in 2023 at Lisboa Incomum in Lisbon, presented as two "Statements", an apt description of their confident and declarative interplay.
 

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Ernesto Rodrigues-viola, crackle box

Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello

Andre Hencleeday-piano

Jose Oliveira-percussion


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UPC: 5609063407990

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs799
Squidco Product Code: 34422

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Lisboa Incomum, in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 13th, 2023, by Cristovao Almeida.

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'Lisboa Incomum welcomes musicians Ernesto Rodrigues (viola), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), José Oliveira (drums) and André Hencleeday (piano) for a free improvisation concert, on October 13, 2023, at 7:30 pm.

Synopsis:

"ex tempore", the Latins called the act of improvising. Out of time. But improvised music creates its own time, the inner time of each musician. The time to listen and react, to comment or remain silent. From the European drift of free-jazz and contemporary classical music came free music, eminently free music, made in the instant, in which the notion of 'instant composition' results from the articulation of what each musician is doing at each moment and in that everything counts, including the error. All references are called up and then forgotten in the improvisation, as well as the extensive exploration of each instrument, increasing its sonic possibilities and its power of abstraction. The instrument reflects the breathing of each musician, improvised music articulates all these breathings in the best possible way. And always focusing on listening to what is happening, to react wisely.

Ernesto Rodrigues (Lisbon, 29/08/1959). Portuguese violetist.

He began studying music at age 5 under the guidance of maestro Wenceslau Pinto. He attended the violin course at the National Conservatory. From 1977 onwards, he began his forays into "non-idiomatic" improvised music, as well as into all musical genres, from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.

The relationship with his instruments is focused on sound and textural elements.

Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of violin/viola through the use of preparations and micro tuning.

Active in different scenarios of the Portuguese scene, free improvised music, as a collaborator or as leader of various groups.

He has an extensive record production in his own name or in collaborations. Founder of the groups Fromage Digital, Variable Geometry Orchestra, Suspensão, IKB, Diceros, String Theory, Diceros, Octopus, Lisbon String Trio and Spiegel.

In 2000 he created the record label Creative Sources Recordings with a great international reputation.

Music for dance, cinema, video and performance.

He has played at festivals in Europe, America and Asia.

Obsessed with making noises since childhood, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm is a free musician/improviser currently living in Kingston, New York. His wide range of musical interests has resulted in music studies in a variety of settings, from the Juilliard School to the gutter. An old Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Feldman, Ardyth Alton, his main projects include Stirrup, Jakal, Ballister, The Lightbox Orchestra, Survival Unit III and many other constellations that appear intermittently. Previous notable projects include Peter Brotzmann Chicago 10tet, Vandermark 5, Anthony Coleman's Selfhaters, Terminal 4 and the Valentine Trio. He has contributed cello sounds to numerous recording projects, including those by Califone, Freakwater, God-is-my-co-pilot, Simon Joyner, Smog, Super Chunk, US Maple, Wilco, Protomartyr, Ryley Walker and many others.



José Oliveira was born in Lisbon in 1959.

Free courses in anthropology and ethno-musicology. Various courses on art practice and theory.

Active in the mail-art network between 1978 and 2000. Performance-art since 1980. Visual poetry and electrography since 1990. Since 1991, he has been researching, designing and collecting artist's books and object books.

Improvised music percussionist since 1980. Close collaboration with the best national and some foreign improvisers. Numerous concerts and recordings, most of them published by Ernesto Rodrigues' Creative Sources Recordings label.

Four books of linear poetry and visual poems published in various anthologies and magazines, national and foreign.



André Hencleeday is a performer and composer based in Lisbon.

He completed a piano course at the National Conservatory of Lisbon and later a Degree in Composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

He regularly performs and records with ensembles working regularly with Ernesto Rodrigues and Ricardo Jacinto.

He was Miguel Azguime's assistant at O'Culto da Ajuda.

In the context of the exhibition Drawing Without End, by sculptor Rui Chafes, he held a closing concert with the project he shares with Pedro Coragem, a project called Candura.

He made his debut as a soloist in the play "Inferno" by Nuno da Rocha, with the Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and more recently as pianist in the opera-ballet "Paraíso" by the same composer at the Centro Cultural de Belém.

He presented the "From Ruin" project in Serralves with Candura and Rui Chafes in the context of the Amplifest festival.

"-from the Lisboa Incomum listing for the concert


Artist Biographies

"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.

His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.

The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.

Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.

Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.

Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.

Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
4/22/2024

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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."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Lonberg-Holm)
4/22/2024

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"Andre Hencleeday is interested in detail and simplicity using improvisation, field recording, acousmatic and intuitive composition as main sonic languages. He is a member of Variable Geometry Orchestra, OWWK, &c."

-https://soundcloud.com/ahencleeday (Soundcloud)
4/22/2024

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"Polivalent artist with conections to the Fluxus movement, José Oliveira is well known, besides music by his "mail art" creations, performance and poetry.

As an improvisor, his aproach to percussion is similar to Paul Lovens, Roger Turner, Lê Quan Ninh and Paul Lytton. He prefers a non conventional "set", where he uses instruments and objects as raw materials to create an improvised language rich in terms of timbre and textures. To this he adds sometimes inside piano manipulations and prepared guitar, in the same way as John Cage: the objects are placed on the strings or in between them in real-time performance, and not according to a previous plan.

He belonged to Sei Miguel collective between 1989 and 1996, played with Carlos Bechegas and Pedro Roxo and has a regular activity with Ernesto Rodrigues."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
4/22/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Statement I 30:00

2. Statement II 9:47

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