Guillermo Gregorio

Two Trios

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Gregorio has been exploring space and form and gesture in music for a very long time. In his native Buenos Aires, he also had a parallel career in a not unrelated discipline: he worked in architecture and design studios, and taught at universities, including history of twentieth-century art (with an affinity for the Constructivists). In 1969, with composers Norberto Chavarri and Roque de Pedro, he cofounded the collective Movimiento Música Más, which for a while staged public interventions, performances, and happenings even as the political skies were darkening again. He finally left Argentina in 1985, living in Vienna, L.A., and Cologne through the end of that decade, before settling in Chicago for the next 25 years. Already in Vienna, he began his fertile relationship with the Hat Art label, which eventually put out half a dozen records under his name, plus other sessions playing the music of Anthony Braxton and Cornelius Cardew, as guest soloist with Ran Blake, and a piece he wrote commissioned by the Makrokosmos Quartet.

                The present record reflects a sort of pivot to his new home, New York, where Gregorio moved in 2015. For the trio that performed at Edgefest—the festival’s 22nd edition in 2018 focused on the Chicago connection—he reached out to close associates from two decades earlier, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Carrie Biolo, neither of whom live there anymore either. That trio was the most productive and enduring group he ever played with, and their nuanced rapport, the fine weave of their sound, the mutual instincts, seem but a continuation without pause of their past work together. Chicago also proved highly receptive to the fruitful convergence of free jazz and twentieth-century European music that allowed him to flourish and become a recognized figure there in the nineties.

Concurrently, by the time of the festival, Gregorio had been performing with Nicholas Jozwiak in different settings around Manhattan and Brooklyn, as they did at Downtown Music Gallery in 2020 just before the world locked down. DMG, Bruce Gallanter’s friendly institution packed into a tiny space, has for decades seen fit not just to sell records but to host weekly concerts of improvised music and Gregorio has played there on many occasions since well before he left Chicago. On this late date, the trio was completed by one of his newest collaborators, Iván Barenboim, like Jozwiak a couple generations younger and like Gregorio a porteño (native of Buenos Aires).                                (Condensed from producer Jason Weiss’s liner notes)



1- Improvisation (Biolo, Gregorio, Lonberg-Holm)

2- Tres (Guillermo Gregorio)

3- First Sketch for “Omaggio a Luigi Nono” (Guillermo Gregorio)

4- Cosa Rara (Guillermo Gregorio)

5- Degrees of Iconicity (Guillermo Gregorio)

6- Improvisation (Biolo, Gregorio, Lonberg-Holm)


7- First Piece (Barenboim, Gregorio, Jozwiak)

8- Out of the Other Notes (Guillermo Gregorio)

9- NPA (Guillermo Gregorio)

10- Fourth Piece (Barenboim, Gregorio, Jozwiak)

11- Sixth Piece (Barenboim, Gregorio, Jozwiak)


Tracks 1-6

Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet; Carrie Biolo, vibraphone; Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello

Recorded at Edgefest, Ann Arbor, MI, on October 17, 2018.

Tracks 7-11

Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet; Iván Barenboim, contralto clarinet; Nicholas Jozwiak, cello

Recorded at Downtown Music Gallery, New York City, on February 9, 2020.

Cover art by Guillermo Gregorio.

Produced by Jason Weiss for ESP-Disk’.


Musicians: Guillermo Gregorio

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