Fred Lonberg-Holm: Playing the Valentine Card

Improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm is profiled.

Like many of his peers in the Chicago improvisation scene, Fred Lonberg-Holm can be heard regularly in a variety of settings. What’s especially unique about his musical resume is that his axe of choice is the cello, an instrument that isn’t exactly standard in jazz, free improv or any more conventional type of music, despite its sonic flexibility—especially when Lonberg-Holm is drawing the bow.