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Fred Lonberg-Holm

Chicago based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm grew up in Wilmington Delaware where he began formal cello studies at the age of 10. Eager to move away, he did so immediately after High School relocating to New York. There he studied with a variety of teachers in a number of schools and other situations. After receiving his bachelors in composition at Brooklyn College, he attended Mills College where he spent time with Anthony Braxton among others. Since then he has moved to Chicago where he leads his Valentine Trio (with Jason Roebke, bass and Charles Rumback, drums) and organizes intermittent concerts for his large ensemble, the Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of Ken Vandermark's Frame 4tet and Vandermark 5, Joe McPhee's Survival Unit III, The Broetzmann Chicago 10tet,Tony Malaby's cello trio, Jorrit Dykstra's Flatlands Collective, the Fast Citizens, Sherpa, Horses Ha, Boxhead Ensemble, Microgig, Thruway and numerous other even more irregularly employed ensembles. In the past he worked with God is my Co-Pilot, the Selfhaters Orchestra, Peep;, the Flying Lutenbachers and the Guillermo Gregorio Trio. Other musicians he has performed with include Axel Doerner, Nate Wooley, Jaimie Branch, Magnus Broo, greg Kelley and Raj Mehta. His solo records are on Emanem, Flyingaspidistra and Eighth Day. He has also recorded for Atavistic, Okka, Knitting Factory, Bot-Rop Boy, Hapna, BoxMedia, Meniscus, Nuscope,Nottwo, and Truckstop. He has appeared on numerous pop records also including recordings by Wilco, Freakwater, Lake of Dracula, Rivulets, Kaki King, and Paul Duncan. As a sound artist he has made a number of installations including a recent one in the Fern Room at the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago and one at the Geschiedle gallery. In addition to a full performance and recording schedule, he also teaches in the sound department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as privately.


Nancy Parisi took the nice photo of me.


Quintus c-f cello, david gage realist, art mic-pre, various 'stomp' boxes


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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


By appointment only. Rates flexible

Clinic/Workshop Information

Improvising strategies.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Sweet Spot

Rogue Art



Not Two Records


For New Zealand

NotTwo Records


The Art Spirit

ESP Disk


Znachki Stilyag

Aerophonic Records


An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4:...

Astral Spirits


Welcome to the Red Island

From: For New Zealand
By Fred Lonberg-Holm


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