(born 1962) is an American cellist
based in Chicago
. He relocated from New York City
to Chicago in 1995.
Lonberg-Holm is most identified with playing free improvisation
and free jazz
. He is also a composer of concert works. As a session musician
and arranger, he is credited on many rock
, and country
Lonberg-Holm currently leads the Valentine Trio, with Jason Roebke (bass
) and Frank Rosaly (drums
). This jazz trio performs original compositions as well as tunes by both jazz composers (e.g. Sun Ra
) and pop songwriters (e.g. Jeff Tweedy
, Syd Barrett
). The group released its first album Terminal Valentine
, in 2007, which was reviewed by AllAboutJazz
critic Nils Jacobson.
He coordinates and directs performances of his Lightbox Orchestra, an improvising ensemble with a flexible, ever-changing membership. Lonberg-Holm does not play an instrument in this group, but rather conducts its non-idiomatic improvisations via the "lightbox" and by holding up handwritten signs. The lightbox contains a light bulb for each musician which Lonberg-Holm switches on or off to suggest when they should play.
Collective groups of which Lonberg-Holm is a member include Terminal 4
who released an album, in 2003, called When I'm Falling
that received four and a half stars, and AMG Album Pick
, and it was reviewed by Allmusic's Joslyn Layne, The Boxhead
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