I am very excited to announce this amazing show with some great musicians from out of town and some from in town as well. And, we’re excited about performing at the amazing ForInstance Gallery with the phenomenal artwork of local artist Martin B. Johnson (http://www.martinbjohnson.com/) as the back drop to the show.
Bererberg (Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Christoph Erb)
107 East Cary St Richmond, VA 23220
Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:00pm
$5 ($10 Suggested Donation)
We are very excited about bringing this music to you and we hope that you will help support our community of musicians, and artists, and join us for this great night of music.
This show is going to feature a set with the ScottClark4tet playing music that we’ve been working on inspired by some of the events described in the book “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown and by my own research into my family history. It is a suite of music that has been exciting for us to explore and we are excited to present it for the first time as a unified suite.
We are also excited to welcome cornetist Josh Berman and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm from Chicago and saxophonist Christoph Erb from Switzerland, who form the group Bererberg. More about the band and each of the musicians can be found below.
Like the name, a mashup of three individuals with different sensibilities but a unified purpose. All three have worked together in different groups but the idea of making a trio only came recently. Erb and Lonberg-Holm have a forthcoming duo record (Screw and Straw). For Berman and Erb this will be only the most recent collaboration of multiple improvised groupings in the States and Switzerland. Berman and Lonberg-Holm are both members of the Fast Citizens and have logged many hours in ad hoc situations in Chicago. So…Two horns and a strung box. A set of references that span “trad jazz” to “noise rock”. Where the music will go from night to night is an unknown but a commitment to follow through is the only guarantee they can offer.
Fred Lonberg-Holm (BS Brooklyn College, MA Mills College) has studied composition with Morton Feldman, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Bunita Marcus and Noah Creshevsky and cello with Orlando Cole and Ardyth Alton. He currently lives in Chicago where he works with a wide variety of musicians in as many situations as possible. Current and ongoing projects include the Valentine Trio (with Jason Roebke and Frank Rosaly), the Peter Broetzmann Chicago Tentet, Joe Mcphee’s Survival Unit III (with Michael Zerang), Friction Brothers (Colligan, Lonberg-Holm and Zerang), The Boxhead Ensemble, Horses Ha (Janet Bean and Jim Elkington), ADA trio (w/ Broetzmann and Nilssen-Love) Vox-Arcana, Sherpa, Stirrup, The Fast Citizen’s, Ballister as well as numerous one off projects. He has appeared in numerous festivals on several continents. Improvisors he has worked with include Clare Cooper, Charlotte Hug, Andrea Neumann, Shelly Hirsch, Carrie Shull, Carrie Biolo, Birgitte Uhler, Rachel Wadham, Mary Halvorson, Joelle Leandre, Joanne Powers, Zeena Parkins, Judy Dunaway, Lotte Anker as well as a number of guys. He also leads a revolving cast large ensembles under the name Lightbox Orchestra. His extensive discography includes free improvised and free jazz recordings as well as new music, pop, rock and noise.In addition to composing and performing he has made a number of sound installations including recently at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Joymore and Geschiedle Galleries.
For more than ten years, cornetist, improviser, composer and music presenter Josh Berman has been an essential contributor to Chicago’s active improvised music scene. His work encompasses both developing opportunities and forums for presenting improvised music – as co-founder of the critically acclaimed Umbrella Music Group and as vice president and co-curator of the Emerging Improvisers’ Organization – and performing in a variety of highly collaborative formats – including as bandleader of his own groups, Josh Berman’s Old Idea and Josh Berman and His Gang, and as co-leader of the Chicago Luzern Exchange. In Down Beat Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Critic’s Poll, Berman was voted Rising Star, Trumpet. In addition to his work as bandleader, Berman has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Bill Dixon, Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, and Jeb Bishop. He is also a frequent collaborator with dance artists; his most recent collaboration with dancer Ayako Kato and musician Jason Roebke was awarded a CROSSCUT grant for New Collaborations in Sound/Movement from Experimental Sound Studio and Links Hall. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.
Christoph Erb, is a tenor saxophonist / bass clarinetist, improviser, composer and music presenter. He’s born in 1973, in Zürich, and lives in Lucerne, Switzerland where his own label, veto-records, is based. He organized his own festivals including, veto-records Label-Festival and Erb’s Impro Festival. In 2006 he won the ZKB Swiss Jazz prize with his group erb_gut. In 2007 he was awarded the culture prize of the city Lucerne. 2009 brought the Scholarship of the city and canton of Lucerne for a four month stay in Chicago as an artist in residence where he recorded several sessions: Erb/Baker/Zerang, Erb Alone, Erb/Lonberg-Holm/Roebke/Rosaly, and a duo with cellist Lonberg-Holm. He leads his own bands: Lila, Veto, BigVeto and erb_gut. Erb has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Jim Baker, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein,Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber, Daniel Humair, Harald Härter, Peter Schärli, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfahrt and many others. As a sideman he has collaborated with Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6.