Party Knüllers | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., June 17, 9:30 p.m. 2015

Party Knüllers is the improvising duo of Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg—and with their penchant for goofy titles, the pair seem determined to take the seriousness out of the improvising game. On their album Gold (Hispid) two lengthy improvisations embrace an extroverted sense of play: the cellist uses electronics to distort and twist his rapid-fire lines into something almost Hendrixian, while Solberg generates a clatter that suggests a wildly sped-up 78 by Baby Dodds. The first piece is titled “Mein Mädchen Mag um Party die Ganze Zeit,” which translates from German to “My Girl Likes to Party All the Time” and just happens to be the chorus of the Eddie Murphy hit “Party All the Time.” There’s no need to translate the title of the album the duo made with ARP synthesizer player Jim Baker, Four Images of Wank—but it should be known that Wank is a mountain in southern Germany. Some might say these guys indulge in wankery, but few musicians have a better time getting off via spontaneity. Baker performs with the group tonight. —Peter Margasak

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