Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello Carrie Biolo, vibraphone/percussion
Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Guillermo Gregorio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, into a musical family. He became interested in jazz clarinet by listening to Pee Wee Russell and Jimmy Noone but began to pursue experimental music in the early 1960s, culminating in his Unheard Music project (later released on the album Otra Música: Tape Music, Fluxus, and the Improvisation in Buenos Aires 1963-1970). In addition to his musical work, Gregorio also worked as a professor of architecture and as an author writing about classical and modern avant-garde music forms. While in Argentina Gregorio participated in performance groups Movimiento Música Mús and other Fluxus-inspired experimental groups in Buenos Aires and La Plata. He lived in Los Angeles and Vienna and then relocated to Chicago, where he taught at Purdue University and had a work commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since 1995 Gregorio has recorded several albums for HatHut Records, working with Carrie Biolo, Michael Cameron, Jim O’Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Kjell Nordeson.
Cellist, or as he has famously described himself, anti-cellist Fred Lonberg-Holmhas played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter. A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus, and Pauline Oliveros, his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of a number of ongoing collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective, Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens), also participating in numerous one off or frequently convening ensembles. He has also been a member groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III), Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet), and Ken Vandermark (Vandermark 5, Frame 4tet, Territory Ensemble). Improvisors he has worked with include Jim Baker, John Butcher, Wilbert DeJoode, Axel Doerner, Mats Gustafsson, Charlotte Hug, Peter Kowald, Nicole Mitchell, Torsten Muller, Jim O’Rourke, Jeff Parker, and Michael Zerang. He has contributed cello sounds to numerous recording projects by rock groups including Califone, Freakwater, God-is-my-co-pilot, L’altra, Smog, Super Chunk, US Maple, Wilco and many others. A long time stalwart of the Chicago scene, he has recently relocated to the East Coast.
A world-class percussionist who brings highly experimental sound, rhythm and movement into her work, Carrie Biolo has toured extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Austria, Spain, and Italy. She has recorded over twenty-five CD’s on various labels including Delmark, HatArt and Rhino. Her music compositions can be heard on Ira Glass’ This American Life, and Chicago, Boston, Interlochen and Marquette Public Radio. Carrie is an instructor at Northern Michigan University where she directs the OM New Music Ensemble and teaches World Music. She is the founder and artistic director of the Percussive Attack Camp, maintains a private percussion studio, directs the Marquette Senior High Drumline and is a percussionist with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.