(photo by Marek Lazer)
(photo by Gordon Pelligrinetti)
(photo by Peter Gannushkin)
cello, tenor guitar, electronics.
Fred Lonberg-Holm enjoys working with a wide variety of musicians in as many situations as possible. In addition to Stirrup, current and ongoing projects includ Seval, Friction Brothers (w/ Michael Colligan and Zerang), The Valentine Trio, The Boxhead Ensemble, ADA Trio (w/ Brötzmann and Nilssen-Love), VCDC, The Fast Citizen’s, Ballister, The Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III, as well as numerous one off projects. Improvisors he has worked with include Clare Cooper, Charlotte Hug, Andrea Neumann, Sofia Jernberg, Shelly Hirsch, Tomeka Reid, Michiyo Yagi, Carrie Shull, Carrie Biolo, Birgitte Uhler, Rachel Wadham, Mary Halvorson, Joelle Leandre, Joanne Powers, Zeena Parkins, Judy Dunaway, Lotte Anker, Katherine Young, Jessica Pavone as well as a number of guys.
He also leads a revolving cast large ensembles under the name Lightbox Orchestra. His extensive discography includes free improvised and free jazz recordings as well as new music, pop, rock and noise.
Bassist and Chicago native Nick Macri has careened in an out of various musical situations over the years from creative group settings and notable sideman gigs to theater work and solo excursions. He is/was a contributing member to many groups including instrumental explorers Euphone (Jade Tree) and Heroic Doses (SUB>POP), arty-pop quartet The Zincs (Thrill Jockey), the pastoral psych-folk of the Horse's Ha, and instrumental trio Stirrup. He has performed as a sideman and recorded sessions with a varied list of artists including Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Ken Vandermark, Azita, Bobby Conn, Liz Phair, The Lonesome Organist, and Hector Zazou.
Charles Rumback is a figure of the rich and varied Chicago music scene. Born and raised in Kansas, he moved to Chicago to study at the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he received a degree in Jazz Composition. Having co-led groups such as Leaves and Colorlist, he has recorded and toured regularly with projects such as Azita, the Horse's Ha, L'altra and Via Tania.
Having released his first album as a leader on Clean Feed Records in 2009, his current projects include Colorlist, Leaf Bird and Stirrup. Charles' playing deals closely with the jazz tradition, yet he has worked closely with artists from a wide variety of backgrounds such as; Jason Ajemian, Asuna, Caroline Davis, Josh Eustis, John Hughes, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Matt Lux, Bill Mackay, Nick Macri, the Medium Necks, Ron Miles, Jeff Parker, Liz Payne, Jason Stein, John Tate and Greg Ward.