Michael Zerang

35 Grapes (19 Shown)

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These seven duets between percussionist Michael Zerang and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm won't appeal to everyone. The music is scratchy, noisy, abrasive, and atonal. Yet, for those who appreciate free "jazz," this set should light some fires. Chicagoans Zerang and Lonberg-Holm caress all sorts of sounds from their instruments, never failing to stimulate one another. The two appear in close sync as they create wondrous colors and magnificent tapestries. Like two abstract visual artists painting on the spot, these two begin with an idea of where they going and travel down some treacherous courses with little guidance. The results are uniformly stunning and enlightening. Zerang and Lonberg-Holm have done this sort of thing with others many times before, but this is clearly one of their best.