he works, a place that looks like a well-maintained junk store. What makes this all work is Hollmer's strong sense of musical form. He is, above all, a disciplined composer, and his work is constantly changing, as he seeks out new collaborators in his native Sweden, in Canada, or in Japan.
Hollmer is well known in the rest of the world but has never been properly appreciated in this country. For his first major U.S. appearance, he has prepared compositions for a unique ten-piece group: Lars Hollmer's Ann Arbor Global Home Project. The core is made up of some of this city's finest musicians: saxophonist and clarinetist Andrew Bishop, violinist Gabe Bolkosky, cellist Katri Ervamaa, guitarist Ryan Mackstaller (now transplanted to Brooklyn), pianist Steve Rush, and drummer Alex Trajano. Added to this is a trio of well-known players from Quebec: saxophonist and flutist Jean Derome, bassist Normand Guilbeault, and percussionist Pierre Tanguay. Hollmer will lead all of this, singing and playing keyboards, the melodica, and, of course, the accordion. This international collaboration, on Saturday, October 14, at Kerrytown Concert House, is one of the more quirky and fascinating events of the tenth anniversary edition of Edgefest.
[Review published October 2006]