Fred Lonberg-Holm & Stale Liavik Solberg Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., June 19, 9:30 p.m. 2013

This ad hoc improvising quartet kicks off the latest Chicago visit from young Norwegian percussionist Ståle Liavik Solberg, whom I first encountered when he played with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm in his wittily titled quartet VC/DC (whose instrumentation is voice, cello, drums, and clarinet). He makes a stronger impression on the excellent new trio recording Three Babies (Peira), an improvised session with British keyboardist Steve Beresford and Swedish reedist Martin Kuchen. He deftly rides the music’s ebb and flow, swiftly noticing and latching on to patterns suddenly introduced by his partners—he might uncork a staccato clatter to match Kuchen’s wheezy soprano squirts or whip up a harsh, scraping metallic din to blend with Beresford’s abrasive electronics. The guy has instincts and ideas. Tonight he’s joined by Lonberg-Holm, bassist Jason Roebke, and keyboardist Jim Baker; the quartet will play two sets. —Peter Margasak

Price: $7

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