Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello Tomeka Reid, cello Katherine Young, bassoon
Chicago based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has 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) as well as participating in numerous one off "ad-hoc" or in frequently convening ensembles. He also currently plays in 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, Glenn Kotche, Peter Kowald, Nicole Mitchell, Torsten Muller, Jim O'Rourke, Jeff Parker, David Stak-enas, Ben Vida, 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.
Cellist Tomeka Reid, grew up outside of Washington D.C., moving to Chicago in 2000 to pursue graduate studies at DePaul University. There she worked various AACM-related groups and eventually in ensembles led by established masters such as Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as by younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander, and drummer Mike Reed. She is also a co-leader of the string trio Hear in Now, with violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi. Reid released her debut recording as a bandleader in 2015, with the eponymous recording by the Tomeka Reid Quartet (with bassist Jason Roebke, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara) that demonstrated her compositional and arranging abilities. She has been celebrated as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in the Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community, and although she is now based in New York, she still returns to the Windy City on a regular basis. Reid is the 2016 recipient of a 3Arts award in music and received her doctorate in music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2017.
Chicago-based bassoonist and composer Katherine Young has been exploring an electrified version of her instrument; the curious timbres, expressive noises, and kinetic structures of her electroacoustic music explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and associations with the familiar and the strange. She performs regularly as a soloist, in ad hoc improvised groups, and with her long-standing ensembles Pretty Monsters, Architeuthis Walks on Land, and Till by Turning. The LAPhil’s Green Umbrella series, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Ensemble Dal Niente, Third Coast Percussion, Spektral Quartet, Weston Olencki, Nico Couck / Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Fonema Consort, and others have commissioned her music. She also teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in the music department at North Central College.