• Emil Strandberg

On Thursday evening Swedish trumpeter Emil Strandberg makes his local debut at Elastic, improvising in various combinations with some of Chicago’s finest: trumpeter Jaimie Branch, bass clarinetist Jeff Kimmel, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, drummer Frank Rosaly, and modular synthesizer player Brian Labycz. Over the past couple of years Strandberg has emerged as one of Scandinavia’s most impressive horn players, but he’s yet to make a record under his own leadership. Instead he’s proved himself an excellent sideman, working in a wide array of contexts.