• Nov 5 2015 | 9:00 pm

    Trio Leimgruber/Demierre/Lonberg-Holm

    This outstanding European trio celebrates its 15th anniversary, and the 80th birthday of its renowned bassist Barre Phillips, with its Chicago debut at Elastic Arts.

Urs Leimgruber – saxophone
Jacques Demierre – piano
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello*


*Please note that bassist Barre Phillips, originally scheduled to tour with this fantastic working trio in the U.S., will be unable to make it due to health reasons.  However, to continue what was originally planned as a celebration of Phillips’ 80th birthday and the 15th anniversary of this trio, the band has prepared, with his help and agreement, a video montage with several film clips being devoted to him. They’ll present this video as a first set of about 20 minutes. As a second set, they’ll be joined by inimitable Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.


Urs Leimgruber has been working since many years in the fields of Contemporary Improvisation, Jazz and New Music. He has enriched and expanded for decades the saxophone sound with new playing techniques in solo concerts and many different acclaimed groups he was touring in Europe, Canada, U.S.A. and Cuba. Among his many concerts and recordings are those with Joëlle Léandre, Marilyn Crispell, Fritz Hauser, Evan Parker, Fred Frith, Steve Lacy, Dorothea Schürch, Roger Turner, Thomas Lehn, Günter Müller… Together with Jacques Demierre he is leading the group 6ix. In the seventies, he was cofounder of the Electricjazz-Freemusic group OM. His music is to be found on CD on HatArt, Unit, FOR 4 EARS Victo and LEO.


Jacques Demierre is pianist, performer and composer, his musical and sound work develops itself in various directions : improvised music, contemporary music, sound poetry, sound installation. His compositions and sound realisations are concerned with the activity of listening and with sound space. On the piano, Jacques Demierre has developed a unique operating style, never ceasing to redraw new sound topographies, making us forget the physical weight of the instrument.


He collaborates with many improvising musicians – Okkyung Lee, Thomas Lehn, Martial Solal, Radu Malfatti, Joëlle Léandre, Axel Dörner, Fritz Hauser, Sainkho Namtchylak, Urs Blöchlinger, Irene Schweizer, Hans Koch, Isabelle Duthoit, Brandon Labelle, Jason Kahn, Butch Morris, Carlos Zingaro, Gunter Müller, Jaap Blonk, Barry Guy, Lucas Niggli, Sylvie Courvoisier, Hann Bennink, Rhodri Davis, Martin Schütz, Paul Lovens, Dorothea Schürch, Phil Minton, …-, regularly plays solo piano concerts, and works with Vincent Barras in the field of performance and language art.


Support for this concert is graciously provided by :


Pro Helvetia
Swiss Benevolent Society