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2:30pm Johalla Projects space
Michael Zerang – solo percussion
Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000. As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators. Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link’s Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 – 2005. Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.
4:30pm Johalla Projects space
Fred Lonberg-Holm – solo cello
Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter. A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros, his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of a number of ongoing collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective, Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens) as well as participating in numerous one off “ad-hoc” or in frequently convening ensembles. He also currently plays in groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III), Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet), and Ken Vandermark (Vandermark 5, Frame 4tet, Territory Ensemble). Improvisors he has worked with include Jim Baker, John Butcher, Wilbert DeJoode, Axel Doerner, Mats Gustafsson, Charlotte Hug, Glenn Kotche, Peter Kowald, Nicole Mitchell, Torsten Muller, Jim O’Rourke, Jeff Parker, David Stakenas, Ben Vida, and Michael Zerang.
He has contributed cello sounds to numerous recording projects by rock groups including Califone, Freakwater, God-is-my-co-pilot, L’altra, Smog, Super Chunk, US Maple, Wilco and many others.
Paul Giallorenzo lives in Chicago but he is not from Chicago. As an improviser, composer, and sound designer he uses piano, synthesizer, electronics, and keyboards of all shapes and sizes in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise. Current groups and collaborators include GitGO (w/ Mars Williams, Jeb Bishop, Anton Hatwich, Quin Kirchner), Breakway (w/ Brian Labycz, Marc Riordan), Hearts and Minds (w/ Jason Stein, Frank Rosaly), and ongoing projects with Argentine-born reedist/composer Guillermo Gregorio and Swiss contrabass saxophonist/composer Thomas Mejer. Co-founder/director of the music and art venue Elastic, which has produced hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001.
Aaron Zarzutzki performs weekly in and around the city playing free jazz, EAI, noise, and house music as well as work in the visual arts. Known for his self made electronics and as a turntablist, he has performed with many artists including Nick Hoffman, Brent Gutzeit, Kevin Drumm, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Takahiro Kawaguchi, among many others. He is a member of Green Pasture Happiness alongside Brian Labycz and Daniel Fandiño, and fronts the straight rock band Double Morris.