at Corbett vs. Dempsey
Tuesday, February 24, 6:30pm

free and open to the public

Lotte Anker and Fred Lonberg-Holm began playing together after recognizing their mutual interest in a wide variety of sounds from delicate to harsh. Their duo, a free improvised exploration into the sounds and structures available with sax, cello, and electronics, straddles experimental jazz/improvisation and contemporary music while referencing pop, folk and world music.  Since their first gig in 2011 (appropriately at a bar named Wray’s after the legendary creative hillbilly surf rocker Link Wray) they have continued performing as a duo whenever possible and also as part of larger groups with Ikue Mori, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Hank Roberts, Gerald Cleaver,  Makagami Koichi and many others.

Lotte Anker is a Copenhagen-based saxophone player and composer.   Her music includes both melodic (often twisted or fragmented) elements and more abstract textural material and covers a wide territory from minimal, transparency to dense and dark expressionism.  She has been initiator and bandleader of a number of highly acclaimed collaborations and groups such as Anker, Taborn, Cleaver (w/ Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver), and Trio with Sylvie Courvoisier and Ikue Mori. Other recent projects are the 8-piece group What River Ensemble, duo with Fred Frith, and a quartet with Johannes Bauer, Clayton Thomas and Paul Lovens.

Anker has performed at major festivals and concert spaces in most of Europe, USA, Canada, Asia, Africa and the Middle-East and has also played and toured with Marilyn Crispell, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, Okkyung Lee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Joelle Leandre, Raymond Strid, Sten Sandell, Andrew Cyrille, Phil Minton, Peter Friis-Nielsen and many others.

Fred Lonberg-Holm is an improvisor and composer living in Chicago. Principle projects include his Valentine Trio, Seval, Stirrup, and the Lightbox Orchestra.  He is also a member of The Peter Brötzmann Chicago 10tet, Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III,  Friction Brothers, and Fast Citizens.  He has worked with improvisors including Clare Cooper, Charlotte Hug, Andrea Neumann, Shelly Hirsch, Carrie Shull, Jaimie Branch, Carrie Biolo, Birgitte Uhler, Rachel Wadham,  Mary Halverson, Joelle Leandre, Joanne Powers, Zeena Parkins, Judy Dunaway, Lotte Anker as well as a number of guys.  Lonberg-Holm has recorded solo records for the Emanem and FlyingAspidistra labels.  Over the years he has been credited for work on dozens of jazz, rock, pop, contemporary classical and country records, including those by The Boxhead Ensemble, Wilco, Freakwater, Vandermark 5, US Maple, Guillermo Gregorio, God Is My Co-Pilot, Anthony Coleman, Kaki King, Jim O’Rourke, Bobby Conn, The Flying Luttenbachers, ZU, and…

Photograph by Peter Gannushkin.