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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


Smash and Grab

Label: Aerophonic Records
Released: 2025
Track listing: Smash; Even More Smashing; Grab.


Seven Skies Orchestra

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2024
Track listing: CD1:Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; Part Five; Part Six. CD2: Part Seven; Part Eight; Part Nine; Part Ten.


Article: Album Review

Ballister: Smash and Grab

Read "Smash and Grab" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A listener might have a premonition when they drop the needle on the hot pink vinyl version or push the play button on the CD or digital download of Smash And Grab by the trio Ballister. They understand, or have knowledge by way of the trio's ten previous releases, that a storm awaits them. The trio ...


Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman, Nate Wooley, Mat Maneri, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe Morris, Matt Moran: Seven Skies Orchestra

Read "Seven Skies Orchestra" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Ever the intrepid innovator, saxophonist Ivo Perelman takes his music in a new direction on the double-disc set, Seven Skies Orchestra. After a long series, primarily of duets, Perelman returns to a larger ensemble setting, a sextet in this case. That is not the only difference between this release and his previous output; the music here, ...


Article: Album Review

Frode Gjerstad with Matthew Shipp: We Speak

Read "We Speak" reviewed by John Sharpe

While the combination of reedman Frode Gjerstad--the godfather of Norwegian free jazz who dwells about as far from the so-called Nordic sound as you can get--and pianist Matthew Shipp -whose lineage can be traced back through what he terms The Black Mystery School, which takes in Thelonious Monk, Mal Waldron and Randy Weston among others--might seem ...


Seven Skies Orchestra

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc 1: Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; Part Five; Part Six. Disc 2: Part Seven; Part Eight; Part Nine; Part Ten.


Naked Nudes

Label: Trost Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Naked Nudes; Flower Flaps; Johnny Anaconda.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brubeck In '59 And Some Brand New Jazz Releases

Read "Brubeck In '59 And Some Brand New Jazz Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new new releases from Dave Brubeck, Voodoo Drummer, Matías Formica, Art Hirahara, John Herberman, Ivo Perelman, Susan Alcorn, Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra, Barry Deister, Constantine Alexander, and, Laurent Estoppey with Daniel Levin.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 The Dave Brubeck Quartet “Basin Street Blues" from Live from the Northwest, 1959 ...


Article: Interview

Catching Up With Matthew Shipp

Read "Catching Up With Matthew Shipp" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As Matthew Shipp enters his sixth decade he has nothing left to prove to the jazz cognoscenti. He has for 40-plus years worked at crafting an instantly recognizable language at the piano. When he moved to Manhattan's Lower East Side in the '80s, he immersed himself in the same do-it -yourself culture that produced the post-punk ...


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