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Avant-garde jazz trio: Jamie Branch, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ståle Liavik Solberg at KDHX
Jaimie Branch, the 33-year-old trumpet player out of Chicago, with an acclaimed debut album (Fly or Die). Branch’s eerily beautiful compositions on Fly or Die bleed into one another like a suite. This is free jazz, in that it’s free of constraints. But there are elements of post-bop (Branch calls Booker Little “by far my favorite trumpet player”), third stream, chamber jazz, the avant-garde lyricism of Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, even noise (Branch claims the German experimental trumpet player Axel Dörner, whom she came across while studying at the New England Conservatory, as an influence). Fred Lonberg-Holm is a cellist/composer currently living in upstate NY. His long history includes extended periods in Chicago where he was active in the free improvisation, experimental, noise, and pop scenes including the Vandermark 5, Wilco, and Peter Brotzmann’s Chicago Tentet.