Axel Dörner / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang
"Trumpet, cello and percussion wouldn’t seem to share many timbral effects, but it’s often difficult to figure out who’s doing what. “Kasu,” for example, is a rolling patter of metallic-sounding thwacks, taps and scrapes that evokes myriad shades of gray, yet even when Dorner offers more conventional brass tones, as on “Ranzen,” the quick-blink reflexes of Lonberg-Holm and Zerang are at once so intuitive and disorienting that the trumpeter may as well be playing a belt sander, a testament to the trio’s sense of sonic creativity. Rather than revealing pet licks and favorite gimmicks, repeated listening only delivers a greater array of clever details. -Peter Margasak, JazzTimes"
Five Arias For Nalca
Benjamín Vergara / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Aaron Zarzutzki
"In all five tracks there’s never just a single idea of how the recording will proceed. They seem to decide on the spot, always ready to change direction or choose another path. This is probably the most important lesson learned in collective improvisation. -Fotis Nikolakopoulos, Free Jazz Collective"
Catalytic Sound Festival 2020: Day 1
"All proceeds raised will go to Black Futures Lab (blackfutureslab.org). "Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally. The problems facing Black communities are complex. The solutions to these problems will come from our imagination, our innovation, and experimentation. Changing our communities for the better requires changing a culture that takes Black people for granted and changing policies and laws that make us criminals and keep resources from our communities. To get there, we work to understand the dynamics impacting our communities; we build the capacity of our communities to govern; and we engage and include Black people in the decisions that impact our lives. There are three ways that Black Futures Lab is a different kind of project for change: our mission to engage the Black community year-round; our commitment to use our political strength to stop corporate influences from creeping into public policies; and our plan to combine technology and traditional organizing methods to reach Black people anywhere and everywhere we are.""
Catalytic Sound Festival 2020: Day 3
"All proceeds raised will go to the Fendika Cultural Center (fendika.org), which "celebrates and renews Ethiopia’s rich cultural heritage. We welcome all creative souls; through exchange of music, dance, art, and poetry, we meditate on humanity’s one-ness, and pray for a peaceful world. Our vision for Fendika is to continue to nurture the artistic community in Addis Ababa, and to grow into one of Africa’s most vibrant centers for artistic innovation and cultural exchange grounded in rich Ethiopian heritage. Funds raised from this campaign will help Fendika pay for basic survival salaries for 33 employees of Fendika, and Fendika Live concert production costs: artist fees for musicians and dancers who perform during Fendika Live concerts that are streamed online, payment for the camera crew for us to stream high-quality programs, transportation costs for artists and camera crew to travel to and from Fendika (They all need to travel by private, contracted cars, as public transit is becoming too risky), monthly wifi cost so we can keep streaming music and other programs.""
""The ten untitled improvisations radiate a kind of almost spiritual refining of Lonberg-Holm’s deep, personal relationship with the instrument. He channels and distills his extensive experience to the most essential, in an honest, sober and unpretentious manner that still sparks with the initial innocence and passion to discover new, fascinating sounds." - Salt Peanuts"
No Time Left or Sadness
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Joe McPhee
"The intimacy of the recording makes for some close encounters of the intuitive kind and both McPhee and Lonberg-Holm demonstrate an uncanny understanding of each other's presence. There is an emotional intensity to the recording too. -Sammy Stein, The Free Jazz Blog"
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Ken Vandermark
"Fred Lonberg-Holm and Ken Vandermark are like a small band on this album, tight, voluminous, ideally matched, often it seems as if the music was pre-composed (but all of it is freely improvised). The music is like a dance between a songbird (cello) and a belling deer (tenor saxophone), sometimes their energy literally collides. -Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog"
35 Grapes (19 Shown)
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Zerang
"Like two abstract visual artists painting on the spot, these two begin with an idea of where they going and travel down some treacherous courses with little guidance. The results are uniformly stunning and enlightening. Zerang and Lonberg-Holm have done this sort of thing with others many times before, but this is clearly one of their best. -Steve Loewy, AllMusic"