Fred Lonberg- Holm's Terminal 4
Terminal 4 (Truckstop, 2001) is his attempt at composing rock music for a pseudo-jazz quartet of cello, guitar (Ben Vida), bass (Josh Abrams) and trombone (Jeb Bishop). The delicate chamber arias of Oil Pack and This Was The Frippe Time best illustrate the program. But other, more sophisticated, pieces achieve an intriguing balance of pop ballad's fluidity, classical music's elegance and avantgarde music's cacophony: N Heptane (contrasting a somber trombone motif and atonal guitar crackling), Pending Solitude (a gloomy minimalist pattern); Eat Some More (a Frank Zappa-esque circus fanfare sinking in a lake of dissonances). The instruments alternate at decomposing Slinky, a theme worthy of 1960s tv soundtracks. And A.D., a sort of speedy folk dance, is pulverized by the guitar. The overall mood is melancholy, but redeemed by a surreal wit.
Terminal 4: When I'm Falling
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Terminal 4: S/ T Debut
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