|VCDC — Insult (2013)|
VCDC (Motland/Lonberg–Holm/Solberg/Gjerstad) — Insult
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Album release: July 2013
Record Label: FMR [FMRCD310]
1. Glutton for Insults 24:43
2. Sultan for Seitan 24:55
≡ Stine Janvin Motland — voice
≡ Fred Lonberg–Holm — cello
≡ Ståle Liavik Solberg — drums
≡ Frode Gjerstad — clarinet
→ Recorded at Galleri Sult, Stavanger on November 21st, 2012 by Frode Gjerstad.
→ Following their self–titled 2011 album on the Norwegian Hispid label, the quartet of clarinetist Frode Gjerstad, cellist Fred Lonberg–Holm, drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg and vocalist Stine Janvin Motland perform two excellent extended improvisations at Galleri Sult in Stavanger.
→ Well–established and masterful players, the improvisations are unhurried yet fascinatingly detailed — the band avoids a slow building and release, instead maintaining an even level of discourse that varies through the performances.
→ Stine Janvin Motland brings an unusual quality to the music, varying her approaches and catching the listener through unexpected utterances and vocalizations — her ending to the album on “Sultan for Seitan” leaves the listener bemused and perplexed, and definitely wanting for more. — Squidco.
Born: March 24, 1948 in Stavanger, Norway
Instrument: saxophone, clarinet and flute
→ Norwegian saxophonist whose prolific collaborations have made him a powerful force in the avant-garde world.
Artist Biography by Joslyn Layne
→ Saxophonist Frode Gjerstad is the leading free jazz musician of Norway. He started out as a trumpet player, but switched to tenor sax as a fill–in for an R&B band, and has stuck with the instrument since. Gjerstad was attracted to free jazz after hearing albums by Eric Dolphy and, most influentially, Albert Ayler. Almost a decade after his jazz saxophone beginnings, Gjerstad started up his own label, Circulasione Totale. He had difficulty finding other musicians in Norway who were interested in playing, so his first, cassette–only release was a solo recording. Gjerstad eventually started a trio named Detail with British drummer John Stevens. The trio — and Gjerstad and Stevens' close musical relationship — continued until Stevens' death in 1994. By this time, Gjerstad also led the Circulasione Totale Orchestra, which recorded several dates for his label. Following Detail's abrupt end, Gjerstad performed with Borah Bergman in N.Y., toured Norway with Evan Parker, and performed and recorded in a duo with Peter Brotzmann. In 1997, Gjerstad was voted Norwegian Jazz Musician of the Year, an honor which came with a prize of a tour with the musicians of his choice. The result was a Scandinavian tour that same year with two superb U.S. musicians: bassist William Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake. The trio would go on to record two albums in the late '90s — the first on Gjerstad's label, the second on Cadence — and tour together again in 2000, this time performing in the U.S. too.
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→ Cellist Fred Lonberg–Holm is a veteran of the NYC downtown avant–garde scene who is now based in Chicago.
Artist Biography by Joslyn Layne
→ Fred Lonberg–Holm is a top cellist in creative music, and active in a variety of projects in avant–garde music, experimental rock, and modern composition. He studied cello with Ardyth Alton and Orlando Cole, and composition with Morton Feldman, Anthony Braxton, and Bunita Marcus. The Delaware-born cellist spent part of his childhood in Sweden, and eventually was based out of N.Y.C. for several years, where he performed in and led various ensembles including N.Y.C. projects include his quartet PEEP, Anthony Braxton's Creative Orchestra, John Zorn, God is my Co–Pilot, and Anthony Coleman's Selfhaters. He has performed throughout North America in theaters, on radio, and on television. As a composer, he has had works commissioned by William Winant, the Schanzer/Speach Duo, Kevin Norton, and more. In the late '90s, Lonberg–Holm relocated to Chicago where he has since become heavily involved in the free music scene. His projects there include the Trio Troppo with drummer Michael Zerang; leading the improvisational Light Box Orchestra and Pillow with Zerang, Liz Payne and Ben Vida of Town and Country, and Michael Colligan who plays, among other instruments, dry ice.
→ Site–Specific (Duets for Cello and Guitar) He also performs and records with Ken Vandermark, Jim O'Rourke, and Kevin Drumm, among others, and is a member of the Peter Brötzmann Tentet (a late–'90s all–star cast of top young improvisers, handpicked into one ensemble by fiery saxophonist and free jazz legend Brötzmann), which has albums on Chicago's Okkadisk label. In 1999, Pillow's self–titled debut came out on Boxmedia, and Site Specific, a recording of duos with various artists, was released on the Explain label. The downright accessible Terminal 4 came next in 2001, filled with catchy pop melodies. The next year, a trio recording with Glenn Kotche and Jason Roebke paid tribute to jazz cellist Fred Katz. Roebke joined Terminal 4 for the band's lovely follow–up, When I'm Falling. Lonberg–Holm kept up his active pace, on average performing on more than ten rock, jazz, and avant–garde albums per year, in addition to leading and touring with his own projects.
Label: http://www.squidco.com/ /http://fmr-records.com/
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|VCDC — Insult (2013)|