September 2007

International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Friday, June 29, 2007 - 8:00pm

Valentine Trio

Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello
Jason Roebke, double-bass
Frank Rosaly, drums

Fred Lonberg-Holm is a top cellist in creative music, active in a variety of projects in avant garde music, experimental rock, and modern composition. He studied cello with Ardyth Alton and Orlando Cole, and composition with Morton Feldman, Anthony Braxton and Bunita Marcus. The Delaware-born cellist spent part of his childhood in Sweden, and eventually was based out of NYC for several years, where he performed in and led various ensembles including NYC projects include his quartet PEEP, Anthony Braxton's Creative Orchestra, John Zorn, God is my Co-Pilot, and Anthony Coleman's Selfhaters.

As a composer, he has had works commissioned by William Winant, the Schanzer Speach Duo, Kevin Norton and more. In the late 1990s, Lonberg-Holm relocated to Chicago where he has since become heavily involved in the free music scene. His projects there include the Trio Troppo, with drummer Michael Zerang, leading the improvisational Light Box Orchestra, and Pillow with Zerang, Liz Payne & Ben Vida of Town and Country, and Michael Colligan who plays, among other instruments, dry ice. He also performs and records with Ken Vandermark and Jim O'Rourke and Kevin Drumm, among others, and is a member of the Peter Brotzmann Tentet (a late 1990s all-star cast of top young improvisers, hand picked into one ensemble by fiery saxophonist and free jazz legend Brotzmann) and the Vandermark 5. He has also performed with Joe Mcphee Survival Unit III, Guillermo Gregorio Trio, Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens, Jorrit Dykstra's Flatland Collective, the Boxhead Ensemble, and has played studio sessions for Simon Joyner, Wilco, Will Oldham, Daniel Givens, Chris Mills, L'Altra, Califone and Freakwater.

Avant-garde bassist Jason Roebke was raised in Kaukauna, WI, and he began playing bass at age 14. After graduating from Lawrence University, he moved to Madison, WI, to study with Chicago jazz legend Roscoe Mitchell. He earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1998, and then briefly taught at Albion College before moving to Chicago the following year. Since his arrival in Chicago, Roebke has performed with many of the city's most famous avant jazz musicians, including Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Jeff Parker, Chad Taylor, and Rob Mazurek. In 2001 and 2002, Roebke played on two recordings led by Fred Lonberg-Holm, A Valentine for Fred Katz and Terminal 4's When I'm Falling. He also repeatedly appeared on disc with guitarist Scott Fields. Roebke has also made numerous trips to Japan, performing with musicians like Toshimaru Nakamura, Taku Sugimoto, and Tetuzi Akiyama. Since 1998, Roebke has also performed with Art Union Humanscape, a duo with dancer Ayako Kato. Tigersmilk, which featured Roebke along with Mazurek and percussionist Dylan van der Schyff, was released in 2003.

Louis Tebugo Moholo-Moholo with Marshall Allen + Fred Lonberg-Holm
Marshall Allen, alto saxophone
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello
Louis Moholo, drums

Louis Tebugo Moholo (born 10 March 1940, in Cape Town), is a South African jazz drummer. He formed The Blue Notes with Chris McGregor, and emigrated to Europe with them in 1964, eventually settling in London, where he formed part of a South African exile community that made an important contribution to British jazz. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Breath, a big band comprising several South African exiles and leading musicians of the British free jazz scene in the 1970s and is the founder of Viva-La-Black and the Dedication Orchestra. His first album under his own name, Spirits Rejoice, on Ogun Records is considered a classic example of the combination of British and South-African players. In the early 1970's, Moholo was also member of the afro-rock band Assagai.

Moholo has played with many musicians, including Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Peter Brötzmann, Keith Tippett, Elton Dean and Harry Miller. Moholo returned to South Africa in September 2005, performing with George Lewis at the UNYAZI Festival of Electronic Music in Johannesburg. He now goes under the name Louis Moholo-Moholo because the name is more ethnically authentic.