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Fred Lonberg-Holm and the Amphibians of the Everglades featuring Gustavo Matamoros

Never one to shy away from unusual projects, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm set out into the mosquito-infested swamps of Florida’s Everglades in search of a host of amphibious collaborators. In the night air, he bowed and plucked in conversation with the environment, especially the vocalizing frogs, which seemed to take him on as an exotic member of their own.

Impeccably documented by the experienced soundscape artist and field recordist Gustavo Matamoros, working like a perverse herpetologist, Lonberg-Holm may have created a whole new genre of experimental audio: outdoor interspecies improvisation.

Other features of the evening ambience are warmly embraced – a passing car, mysterious water noises, even the incessant mosquitoes. Determining where these swamp sounds end and the maestro’s cello begins is perhaps the greatest challenge of all. Not something you can say often: Bow Hard at the Frog is a genuinely unique sonic experience.


Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello Amphibians of the Everglades, noises

Recorded at Everglades National Park the evening of February 02, 2016, as part of the January, 2016, Subtropics Artist Residency at Audiotheque: Fred Lonberg-Holm, resident artist; Gustavo Matamoros, collaborator. Gustavo used Sennheiser microphones in a mid- side configuration straight into a SoundDevices digital field recorder.

As an integral part of his compositional practice, Gustavo Matamoros makes creative audio recordings of South Florida environments for sound diaries, artwork, performances, installations and collaborations with other artists. The title comes from a direction in the score for Iannis Xennakis’s “Kottos.”

Photograph by Sima Dhesi. Mastered by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago. Produced by John Corbett.

In 2016, cellist and improviser extraordinaire Fred Lonberg-Holm was invited to the Subtropics Artist Residency at Audiotheque, a Miami based initiative. He then set out into the Everglades of Northern Florida where he took as collaborators the very vocal and varied species of frogs. Impeccably documented by the experienced soundscape artist and field recordist Gustavo Matamoros, the result was the 2018 release Bow Hard At the Frog. Matamoros’ microphones literally soaked up the swamp, with its teeming insect life and assorted gurgles. For this live concert, Lonberg-Holm will perform over a spatialized remix manned by Matamoros. The evening will kick off with a version of Matamoros’ 2013 recording Distant Bats.

Performance History

Bow Hard At The Frog (2016) | world premiere
A collaborative work by Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) and Gustavo Matamoros, (performative 4-point source field recording soundscape)
Deep Listening Festival
LAXART, West Hollywood, California


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