The Flying Luttenbachers were formed in December 1991 in Chicago, Illinois as a punk jazz trio, with Hal Russell (tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet), Chad Organ (tenor saxophone) and Weasel Walter (drums). The band derived their moniker from Russell's birthname, Harold Luttenbacher. Russell left the band in June 1992, and was hastily replaced by Ken Vandermark for the recording of the Flying Luttenbachers first 7" record.
The band has since featured a constantly shifting cast of notable musicians from free jazz and experimental rock realms including Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kurt Johnson, Jeb Bishop, Alex Perkolup, Mick Barr, Ed Rodriguez, Mike Green and Jonathan Hischke. The Flying Luttenbachers have toured Europe and the US extensively with bands like The Locust, Arab On Radar, Lightning Bolt, U.S. Maple, Erase Errata, Bobby Conn, and Wolf Eyes. Walter moved from Chicago to Oakland, California in 2003, beginning yet another incarnation of the group. The live band played their final concert in November 2006. The Flying Luttenbachers project officially ceased operation in November 2007 upon the release of a final studio album (recorded solo by Walter).
The Flying Luttenbachers were an instrumental unit led by multi-instrumentalist / composer / producer Weasel Walter. The Luttenbachers have created a large body of work focusing on an agenda of musical extremity and dissonance. Over the course of the band, the personnel has shifted numerous times around the artistic leadership of Walter, each line-up revealing a different part of the Flying Luttenbachers' aesthetic. The music has run a gamut from intense, all-acoustic free improvisation, to complex, modernistic rock composition; pure electronic noise to primitive punk-inspired jazz. The music defies idiomatic cliché and is steadfastly abstract, choosing to work outside of pre-existing genres in order to attain an original fusion. Walter has been quoted as drawing inspiration from the fields of hardcore punk, black metal, progressive rock, free jazz, no wave, electronic noise, contemporary classical, Balinese gamelan and Noh music.
Weasel Walter - drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, woodwinds, electronics, main composer
Hal Russell - tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet, vibraphone, drums, co founder (1991-1992)
Chad Organ - tenor saxophone, moog synthesizer, baritone saxophone (1992-1994)
Ken Vandermark - tenor saxophone, Bb and bass clarinets (1992-1994)
Jeb Bishop - bass guitar, Casio keyboard, trombone (1993-1994)
Dylan Posa - guitar, Casio keyboard (1993-1994, 1998)
Chuck Falzone - guitar, bass guitar (1995-1998)
William Pisarri - bass guitar, Bb clarinet, voice, etc. (1995-1998)
Aaron Dilloway - drums (1997)
Kurt Johnson - bass guitar, contrabass (1998-2000)
Michael Colligan - tenor saxophone, Bb and alto clarinets, etc. (1998-2000)
Julie Pomerleau - violin (1998)
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello (1998-2000)
Alex Perkolup - bass guitar (2001-2002)
Jonathan Hischke - bass guitar (2001-2002)
Ed Rodriguez - guitar, bass guitar (2003-2006)
Mike Green - bass guitar (2003-2005, 2006)
Mick Barr - guitar, bass guitar (2005)
Rob Pumpelly - guitar, bass guitar (2006)
Tony Dryer - bass guitar (2006)
Live Cataclysm DVD trailer
Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL 10/12/93
"The Critic Stomp"
Ptomaine Temple Oakland
Storm of Shit" encore from Wuerzburg, March 20, 2005 on the band's final european tour.
weasel walter: drums
ed rodriguez: guitar
mike green: bass