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Michael Zerang, Azel Dörner, Fred Lonberg-Holm

Axel Dörner / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang
(1998-present)
Improvised trios for trumpet, cello and percussion.
Fred Lonberg-Holm
Photo Credit:  Marc PoKempner
Jim Baker, Michael Zerang

Jim Baker / Michael Zerang Duo
(1995-present)
Improvised duets for piano and electronics, drums and percussion. Jim Baker
Photo Credit:  Arthur Nieuwenhuijs
Mats Gustafsson, Jaap Blonk, Michael Zerang

Jaap Blonk / Mats Gustafsson / Michael Zerang Trio
(1996-present)
Free improvisations and structured improvisations for voice, reeds and percussion. Tours of Europe and United States. Jaap Blonk Mats Gustafsson

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Photo Credit: Marc PoKempner
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

Music for Mesopotamian Frame Drums and Other Percussion
(1989-present)

Duet that emphasizes the music of hand drums from the Middle East, North Africa, and East India featuring percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang. Tours of USA and Europe.

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Winter Solstice [review]

Summer Solstice [review]

John Butcher / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang
(2002-present)

John Butcher - reeds; Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello & Michael Zerang - percussion.

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Tony Bevan / Jeb Bishop / John Edwards / Michael Zerang
(2002-present)

Tony Bevan; Jeb Bishop; John Edwards & Michael Zerang - percussion.

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Vega
(2002-present)

Jeff Parker - guitar; Bernard Santacruz - Contrabass & Michael Zerang - percussion.

 

Jumper Cables
(1998-present)

Compositions and structured improvisation for quartet by Michael Zerang featuring Jim Baker -ARP 2600, Kevin Drumm - guitar, Don Meckley - shortwave radio, Michael Zerang - percussion.

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Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerng, Fred Lonberg-Holm
In Zenith
(1997-present)
Power trio featuring the music of cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm with bassist / trombonist Jeb Bishop and Zerang on drums.
Photo Credit:  John Corbett
Vandermark, Kessler, Gustafsson, McPhee, Zerang, Lonberg-Holm, Bishop, Drake, Williams, Brötzmann
Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet
(1997-present)
Large ensemble directed by German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, featuring Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang. Tours of USA, Canada and Europe.

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Jaap Blonk / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang Trio
(1997-present)
Improvised musicial trio featuring Dutch vocalist and sound poet Jaap Blonk, Chicago based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang. Debut CD "First Meeting" released on Buzz Records (76002) 1999. Tours of Europe and U.S.

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Terminal 4
(1998-present)
Quintet playing compositions by cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm with guitarist Ben Vida, bassist Josh Abrams, trombonist Jeb Bishop and Zerang on drums.
Photo Credit: GUDRUN EDEL-RÖSNES
Michael Zerang, Mats Gustafsson

Mats Gustafsson / Michael Zerang Duo
(1994-present)
Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and American percussionist Michael Zerang have performed and recorded improvised duets in Sweden and the United States. Their music has been documented on Parrot Fish Eye, a 1995 release on the Okka Disc label.
Photo Credit:  John Corbett
Michael Zerang, Mats Gustafsson, Sten Sandell
Mats Gustafsson / Sten Sandell / Michael Zerang Trio
(1996-present)
Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and pianist Sten Sandell along with American percussionist Zerang have performed improvised music and recorded in Sweden and the U.S.
Neutrino Trio
(1995-1996)
Experimental music trio that performs the long-form composition of Michael Zerang. Featuring Daniel Scanlan - violin; Kent Kessler - contrabass; Michael Zerang - percussion.
Photo Credit: Fred Burkhart
Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm

Lonberg-Holm / Zerang Duo
(1996-present)

Compositions, improvisations and explorations for cello and percussion. Tours of USA and Europe. Fred Longberg-Holm

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Photo Credit:  Lucretia Marriott
Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sten Sandell
Fred Lonberg-Holm / Sten Sandell / Michael Zerang Trio
(1997-present)
Improvised trio musical featuring American cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and American percussionist Zerang have toured and recorded in the U.S.

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Sputter Ensemble
(1996-1997)
Sextet featuring Robbie Hunsinger (oboe), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Jeremy Ruthrauff (reeds), Jim Baker (electronics) Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Michael Zerang (percussion). Performing original compositions by Michael Zerang
Photo Credit:  John Corbett
Michael Zerang, Raymond Strid
Raymond Strid / Michael Zerang Percussion Duo
(1996-present)
Master Swedish percussionist Raymond Strid and American percussionist Michael Zerang perform free and structured improvisation. They have performed in the U.S. and Sweden.
Photo Credit: Adam Paul Vales
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jim Baker, Daniel Scanlan
Broken Wire
(1996-1998)
Experimental rock and fusion quartet featuring Daniel Scanlan, Jim Baker, Fredrick Lonberg-Holm, and Michael Zerang.

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Quirt Quintet
(1995-1997)
Collective ensemble emphasizing long-form structured improvisations for strings and percussion. Featuring Daniel Scanlan - violin; Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello; Kent Kessler - contrabass; Steve Hunt - percussion; Michael Zerang - percussion.
Photo Credit: Marc PoKempner
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

Winter Solstice Percussion Concerts
(1990-present)
Annual event celebrating the winter solstice at Link's Hall in Chicago. Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang hold four ritual performaces of percussion music at sunrises and sunsets during the course of the solstice weekend.

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Photo Credit:  Marty Perez
Michael Zerang, Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Daniel Scanlan

The Vandermark Quartet
(1991-1995)
New Jazz ensemble employing a range of styles from free improvisation to composition by its members Ken Vandermark - reeds; Daniel Scanlan - violin / guitar / cornet; Kent Kessler - bass; Michael Zerang - percussion.

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Trio Troppo
(1995-present)
Experimental music collective featuring the compositions of its members Fred Lonberg-Holm - Cello; Gene Coleman - Bass Clarinet; Michael; Zerang - percussion.
Photo Credit:  Marc PoKempner
Don Meckley, Michael Zerang, Daniel Scanlan

Liof Munimula
(1982-Present)
Improvisational music trio featuring Daniel Scanlan, Don Meckley and Michael Zerang that deals with the mixture of electronic and acoustic elements with an emphasis on shifting polyrhythmic interplay. The trio has toured the United States and Canada and has performed in art galleries, nightclubs and other alternative spaces. Liof Munimula

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L-R: Katherine Hughes, Don Malone, David Noffa, Kent Kessler, Erik Neumann, Michael Zerang

Musica Menta
(1981-1986)
Musica Menta is a workshop situation co-founded and developed by Michael Zerang. Consisting of six musicians, this group worked on a range of ideas in music to performance art and explored the different facets of inter-media collaboration. Musica Menta has performed extensively in the United States and was the recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Grant from 1982-1984. Kent Kessler
Project Clamdance
(1981-1987)
This is an ongoing process that is devised to explore and expand improvisational music. I bring together approximately 30 musicians for large ensemble explorations of this form. These players are also divided up into smaller ensembles and sectionals that deal with the same principles of improvised music in a more intimate setting. Performances have been held at A.R.C Gallery, MoMing Dance and Art center and Link's Hall Studio.

Michael Zerang & Erik Neumann

Sam Pappas New Instrument Ensemble (Tumbling Strains)
(1981-1987)
I have studied and performed on the new musical instruments of Chicago sculptor Sam Pappas. Performances have been held at Young / Hoffman Gallery, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Randolph Street Gallery and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
The Neutrino Orchestra
(1977-1979)
This experimental music ensemble emphasized and explored acoustic textural phenomena. With Daniel Scanlan, Kent Kessler, Robert Bilmeyer, Norbert Funk. Performances in Chicago and USA.


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