Charlotte Hug, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Lou Mallozi | Bond Chapel, University of Chicago | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Charlotte Hug, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Lou Mallozi Recommended Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Tue., June 2, 8 p.m. 2009

Neither the collapse of the world economy nor the increasing unpleasantness of air travel has kept Swiss violist Charlotte Hug from cultivating partnerships with improvisers in the Americas. The new Lift (Edgetone), her first proper album in six years, is a wild collaboration with Mexican artist and inventor Guillermo Galindo (aka gal*in_dog) that juxtaposes prelingual vocalizing, mechanical clatter, and eerie, groaning strings. Tonight’s concert is a solo performance entitled Anderwelten, for which Hug will respond to a collection of abstract graphic scores she’s hung about the room; she draws these “Son-Icons” while listening to recordings of her own earlier improvisations. Tonight Hug will renew her partnerships with two locals, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and sound artist Lou Mallozzi. They first played together last fall, creating a bracing hybrid that wedded not only the acoustic to the electronic but also the vast sonic resources of musique concrete to the real-time thrill of free improvisation. —Bill Meyer

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