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Party Knüllers! is a collaboration between Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg. This intimate meeting of the two restless and adventurous musicians highlights their obsessive and playful need to explore and invent new sounds and new forms of musical communication.
The duo's debut is a wild tour-de-force journey. They begin with the stormy "Erfolg" and never slow down. Lonberg-Holm's cello sound more as a tortured and distorted metallic guitar while Solberg is busy attacking the drum set with highly creative gestures. The second improvisation "Schießen" is a busy improvisation, acoustic in its spirit, still Lonberg-Holm and Solberg demonstrating their urgent desire to constantly produce thick sonic occurrences to keep expanding their instruments vocabularies.
"Treffer" has an otherworldly cinematic quality. Lonberg-Holm's cello suggests minimal drone sounds while Solberg ornaments these atmospheric sounds with gentle bells, resonating cymbals and skin brush touches. "Anstoßen" begins with a similar minimalist vein but soon the duo interplay evolves into fast and dense exchange of fragments of sounds till it reaches its climactic coda. "Punktzahl" is a playful and creative demonstration of the cello as a generator of dark and disturbing metallic sounds, an imaginative partner to Japanese guitarist Keiji Haino voluminous guitar excursions. The two conclude with the surprising moving "Gefühl" that feature, again, the immediate, organic language that this duo has developed.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.