Chicago Sees Influx of Cellists

Source: Chicago Tribune.

Ishmael Ali wears many musical hats: composer, guitarist (in the bands Je’raf and Errata) and co-founder of a recording space in North Lawndale. But it’s his most recent instrument — cello — that has become an all-out obsession.

“I used to organize some concerts, and Fred Lonberg-Holm played on one of them. I was like, ‘Oh, you can make those sounds on a cello?’” Ali remembers, referring to the improvising cellist who was a cornerstone of Chicago’s experimental music scene for years. (Lonberg-Holm has since relocated to upstate New York.) “I haven’t been able to put it down since. And I might as well see how far I can go on it.”